Education reform via campaign contributions?

(March 5, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- All state legislators are now free to take campaign contributions despite continuance of a special session. The state Senate followed the House's lead yesterday in suspending a rule barring legislators from raising money during legislative sessions. The moves allow lawmakers to accept contributions in advance of the May party primaries. Shortly after the Senate suspended the rules, the legislature went into recess for 90 days. The rule in question prohibits members from accepting campaign contributions 30 days prior, during and 30 days after a regular session, for 30 days after the recess of an extended session or during any special session. The House suspended the rule in February, when the Legislature first went into recess during the special session. Governor Huckabee urged voters to take note of the free hand legislators gave themselves to raise money.