Arkansas hires Connecticut company to build campaign finance filing, reporting system

Arkansas secretary of state’s office has selected Hartford, Conn.-based Reframe Solutions as the vendor to build a new campaign finance filing and reporting system for the office, a spokesman for Secretary of State John Thurston said.

Since the current system’s rollout in 2017, Arkansas’ computerized system for tracking political campaign contributions and expenditures has generated gripes from candidates, elected officials and the public. The complaints over the current system have included that it’s antiquated, clunky, inaccurate, tedious and isn’t user-friendly.

The Legislative Council on Thursday voted to heed a request from the Republican secretary of state’s office for $1,083,679 million in spending authority for the new system to be funded out of the State Central Services fund.

The council’s Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Subcommittee on Tuesday recommended the council approve the request without asking any questions about it.

The amount requested will be used by the secretary of state’s office to award a professional service contract for providing an updated and online integrated searchable campaign filing and reporting system in accordance with Act 1029 of 2021, Chief Deputy Secretary of State Bill Huffman wrote in a letter dated June 21 to state Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Larry Walther.

Reframe Solutions, Tyler Technologies, TCS, Tecuity, DataScout, Maplight and GoCivix each submitted bids to provide the new campaign finance…

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