Arkansas legal professional normal sued, allegedly misused taxpayer cash

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – One lawsuit alleges that Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge misused her office to promote her political endeavors and illegally use tax dollars.

The lawsuit filed Friday in the Pulaski County Circuit Court in Little Rock alleged Rutledge exceeded her authority by filing failed lawsuits reversing the results of the Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin presidential elections, as well as promoting media outlets about the services your office speaks, supports.

“Rutledge … served as the Arkansas state attorney general in highly partisan political activity to promote her political standing and promote her own political ambitions at the expense of Arkansas taxpayers,” the lawsuit said.

Rutledge denies the allegations and calls them politically motivated, said spokeswoman Stephanie Sharp.

“The attorney general has the discretion to act on behalf of the people of Arkansas. This is a frivolous lawsuit and we will ask that it be dismissed, ”Sharp told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

The lawsuit seeks to prohibit Rutledge from transgressing her authority and repaying approximately $ 1.7 million for media advertising.

Rutledge, a Republican who was first elected in 2014 and reelected in 2018, has announced plans to run for governor in 2022.

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