Ex-Arkansas Senate Head, Now Governor's Chief Of Staff Got $120,000 From Group

Oct 21, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's soon-to-be chief of staff Michael Lamoureux (third from right) listens as Hutchinson speaks to reporters after winning the election for governor in this file photo from Nov. 6, 2014.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Gov. Asa Hutchinson's chief of staff received $120,000 in consulting fees from a group largely funded by lobbyists and their clients while he led the Arkansas Senate.

The Arkansas Faith and Freedom Coalition paid the money in 2013 to a law firm where then-Senate President Michael Lamoureux was the only attorney on staff.

Tax records show Lamoureux received $120,000 of the $141,000 raised by the group in 2013. The records show most of the donations came from lobbying firms and their clients.

The political nonprofit has since been dissolved. Its mission statement said it was a voter education group.

Lamoureux declined repeated requests for comment. The governor's office says Lamoureux's work for the group ended before he joined the administration.