Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (pictured, right) today announced a $350,000 public awareness campaign entitled “Got Your Back, Arkansas to promote his office’s Consumer Protection Division. The announcement drew criticism from Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, a Republican and potential 2014 gubernatorial opponent McDaniel who accused the Democratic attorney general of running what amount to political campaign ads at public expense.
Funding for the campaign comes from an $18.5 million settlement the attorney general’s office reached with Eli Lilly in 2010 over what the state alleged was marketing of the drug Zyprexa for uses not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration. Darr said today on his personal Twitter account, “I wish my office had millions at its disposal to run my campaign ads.”
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