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Gov. Beebe expected to ask Lt. Gov. Darr to resign, but Darr has no intentions to

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV)--Governor Mike Beebe is expected to ask Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr to resign, that's according to Beebe's spokesperson.

These developments come on the heels of Darr signing an ethics commission settlement letter to pay $11,000 in fines to settle claims that he misspent campaign funds and failed to keep complete records.

However, Lieutenant Governor Darr has no intentions of resigning according to his lawyer.

A citizen's complaint is what sparked the ethics commission to audit Darr, and it was that audit's findings that led to Darr's 11 violations.

"Lieutenant Governor Darr has said he will not be resigning, that he has no plans to resign," said Darr's Attorney, Dan Greenberg.

Darr will be paying $1,000 for each 11 violations, totaling to $11,000 after signing a settlement letter presented to him by Arkansas' Ethics Commission.

"10 days ago, Mark Darr went before the ethics commission, he apologized to the commission and to the people of Arkansas, he recognizes that he has made some mistakes in terms of record keeping and in terms of transparency," added Greenberg.    

A citizen's complaint, made by local attorney and blogger Matt Campbell, claimed Darr had misspent campaign funds, and used a state credit card for personal expenses, which the ethics commission found to be true after an audit.

"Campaign expenditures, there were some things in there that didn't add up, poor documentation, started cross-referencing the two, there was a whole lot of overlap that shouldn't of been there," said Campbell.

In a letter written by Darr to the ethics commission, Darr says; "I have failed to keep adequate records of my campaign finances." He goes on to say, "I do not believe I ever intentionally took money that was not owed to me."

"There's a good amount of it, that you can chalk up to just really poor record keeping especially in the campaign funds side, the use of the state credit card, I'm not so sure," added Campbell.

Darr's lawyer says Darr will be paying back donors to his campaign, as well as all tax payers' dollars spent.

He adds, it was an honest mistake as Darr had originally put his own money to fund his campaign and just thought he was paying himself back.