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Ethics Commission proposes fines to ex-lawmaker

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 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former state representative who pleaded guilty in 2012 to conspiring to commit election fraud in a scheme that included destroying ballots and for exchanging money and food for votes has accepted $2,500 in fines and letters of warning and of caution from the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

 The offer to former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum of Marion is in a letter dated Dec. 20 that was released Monday by the commission.

 Phone calls to numbers listed for Hallum rang unanswered.

 The Ethics Commission's findings include that Hallum accepted contributions above the contribution limit and that he failed to file or to properly file certain campaign reports.

 Hallum resigned from the state House after pleading guilty to the election fraud charge and being sentenced to probation and home detention.

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