Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Tom Cotton Dismissed

Apr 9, 2014

File photo of Rep. Tom Cotton speaking in Little Rock in May 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

An ethics panel has dismissed a complaint that accused Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton of soliciting contributions illegally during a radio interview at his congressional office in the U.S. Capitol.

Cotton's campaign Wednesday released a copy of a March 13 letter from the House Ethics Committee dismissing the state Democratic Party's complaint.   Democrats complained last October about an interview Cotton gave to a radio talk show host.

The letter said the panel voted unanimously to dismiss the case. It was released as former Arkansas Chief Justice Jack Holt filed a new complaint against Cotton. Holt asked the Office of Congressional Ethics on Wednesday to consider whether Cotton broke House rules by not specifying clients for whom he provided consulting services.

Cotton's campaign says the new complaint is without merit.