Editor, Progress

Editor, Progress

From a field of three individuals, the Republican Party will select a candidate to enter the race for the 4th U.S. Congressional District seat in Arkansas. Special interest groups from outside the state have shown a keen interest in Tom Cotton, one of the three running in this primary.

According to http://www.opensecrets.org based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on February 13, 2012, Cotton received donations of $541,116 of which 55 percent or $265,499 came from out-of-state sources. A substantial amount of this money, $125,949, came from the Washington, D.C. and New York areas. Based on the same source another candidate, Beth Anne Rankin, has raised approximately half as much as Cotton. Her totals are $241,143 of which only 14 percent or $27,268 originated from outside Arkansas.

We, in the 4th District, need to ask why someone in the D.C./New York area is so interested in OUR districtís Republican primary.

Is this money an attempt to manipulate the outcome of this primary and gain influence with Cotton? Will this out-of-state money ultimately benefit these special interests or will it somehow benefit the people in the 4th District?

It is my opinion out-of-state interest groups should keep their money out of this primary! I challenge all candidates in this race to return any and all monies received from sources outside the 4th District. Let the voters of the 4th District determine the districtís Republican candidate without the influence of D.C./east coast money!! After all, itís OUR district, not theirs!

William T Broom