Hutchin­son re­vises filed fi­nance re­port

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Gov. Asa Hutchin­son’s cam­paign on Tues­day amended one of its fi­nance re­ports filed the day be­fore to show that Mark G. Martin, owner of Martin’s Bait Haul­ing in Lonoke, con­trib­uted to the cam­paign last quar­ter — not Repub­li­can Sec­re­tary of State Mark Martin.

The Repub­li­can gover­nor’s cam­paign on Mon­day filed fi­nance re­ports with the sec­re­tary of state’s of­fice. The cam­paign er­ro­neously listed Sec­re­tary of State Martin as con­tribut­ing $500 on June 27 for Hutchin­son’s pri­mary elec­tion cam­paign. The con­tri­bu­tion was in­cluded in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished by this news­pa­per Tues­day.

The sec­re­tary of state’s spokesman, Chris Pow­ell, said Tues­day that his boss didn’t make the con­tri­bu­tion.

Hutchin­son po­lit­i­cal strate­gist Jon Gil­more said the amend­ment filed Tues­day fixed “a cler­i­cal mis­take” that re­sulted from some­one as­sum­ing the iden­tity of the con­trib­u­tor.

Sec­re­tary of State Martin, of Prairie Grove, could not be reached for com­ment by tele­phone Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Asked whether Martin sup­ports Hutchin­son’s re- elec­tion, Pow­ell said, “That’s more of a po­lit­i­cal ques­tion and I couldn’t com­ment on that.”

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