LITTLE ROCK — The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network said Monday it will return donations it received from state Treasurer Dennis Milligan and Milligan’s deputy chief of staff, Jason Brady.

LITTLE ROCK — The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network said Monday it will return donations it received from state Treasurer Dennis Milligan and Milligan’s deputy chief of staff, Jason Brady.


ACSCAN, Brady’s previous employer, said it would not be appropriate to accept the money in the midst of an internal investigation into reports that Brady apparently managed Milligan’s campaign while on the job for the nonprofit organization, which has a policy against involvement in political races.


The Arkansas News Bureau first reported in April that emails sent by Brady in 2013 and 2014 show he frequently conducted business for Milligan’s campaign during regular business hours while using an American Cancer Society email account.


Brady’s emails also show that he set up a campaign conference call using the nonprofit’s phone system and that he asked to be reimbursed about $300 through a vendor rather than directly through campaign, noting that "I can NOT be listed anywhere on a campaign contribution report."


Milligan responded to the reports by placing Brady on three days’ paid leave and ordering an internal investigation. He announced April 29 that the investigation determined Brady had not broken any state laws or ethical guidelines while employed by his office, and said that he and Brady were sending contributions of unspecified amounts to ACSCAN "for any public harm this situation has caused their organization."


Milligan also said at the time, "If ACSCAN conducts their own internal review and finds cost associated with my campaign, I have asked they let me know and they will be made whole."


ACSCAN spokesman Ray Carson said Monday, "I guess the gifts arrived sometime last week, and as soon as they got verified in our system we sent responses to both of them telling that we didn’t think it was appropriate to accept the donations. We’re in the process of going through our systems, and they’re going to get a refund check."


Carson said the nonprofit decided to return the money because "we’re going through this internal review and we just didn’t feel it was appropriate."


Jim Harris, Milligan’s chief of staff, said Monday that Milligan’s office had not seen ACSCAN’s letter.