Leonard Says He Rejected Poultry Industry Money
His comment to The McCarville Report Online came after TMRO reported that Scott Pruitt, Leonard's GOP primary opponent, had accepted $26,000 in donations from officials of Tyson Foods and others; Tyson is among Arkansas companies sued by Attorney General Drew Edmondson over pollution of the Illinois River watershed.
Asked if he had accepted similar donations, Leonard replied, "No. I was offered similar contributions and didn't accept them. Regardless of one's position on the lawsuit, I believe it is not appropriate to accept money from defendants in a pending case before the state. It's not good judgment in my opinion."