Tim Griffin is a scandal-ridden creature of Washington: He went to DC right out of law school in the ’90s and worked there until he became Lieutenant Governor. While in DC, Griffin ran an illegal voter-suppression scheme to prevent soldiers from voting, pushed out U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins to steal his job and avoided accountability by skipping Senate confirmation, then had to resign in disgrace. In between DC stints, he worked for a lobbying firm whose favorite client was the Cayman Islands Government, a well-known tax haven at the time.
He is also anti-veteran: Tim Griffin tried to block the VA from moving a “decrepit” clinic for homeless and other veterans to a new facility in Little Rock because he was more concerned about business owners in the neighborhood than providing services for veterans.
“Tim Griffin is always missing when it counts. He was missing when asked why he prevented soldiers from voting in the 2004 presidential election, he was missing when he should have been vetted by the Senate after stealing Bud Cummins’ job as U.S. Attorney in 2007, and he was missing when Arkansas veterans needed him in 2012. The people of Arkansas deserve an Attorney General who is there for them, not a creature of Washington always looking for the next empty seat to fill.”
Fact Check – Tim Griffin has consistently supported budget cuts for crucial veterans’ services and voted against the best interests of our veterans.
While he was in Congress, Tim Griffin voted to slash funding for veterans and the military.
- Tim Griffin, on January 15, 2013, voted against H.R. 152, which was a bill to “provide about $50.5 billion for communities hit by Superstorm Sandy,” including “$234 million for Veterans Affairs medical activities and construction projects, $274 million for Coast Guard projects and $520 million for Small Business Administration disaster loans.” (House of Representatives Vote 23, 2013, and Congressional Quarterly Summary of House of Representatives Vote 23, 2013)
Before voting against H.R. 152, Tim Griffin voted to pass the Mulvaney amendment to H.R. 152, which was an amendment to “cut 1.63 percent from all federal discretionary programs, including the military.”
- “Rep. Hal Rogers, R-KY., said the proposed across-the-board cut would ‘slash and burn’ important federal programs – including national security and veterans programs – without discretion.” (House of Representatives Vote 14, 2013, and The Greenville News, 01/16/13)
In 2013, Tim Griffin voted against a proposal to increase funding to “reduce the backlog of 900,000 veterans’ disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
- On June 4, 2013, Tim Griffin voted against a motion to recommit H.R. 2216 to committee to add $9.2 million to the bill “to help reduce the backlog of 900,000 veterans’ disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- The funds were to pay for hiring 94 claims processors in addition to the 94 new positions already funded in the underlying bill. Overall, the [underlying] bill…[funded] nearly 21,000 processors at the Veterans Benefits Administration for handling disability claims filed mostly by Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.” (House of Representatives Vote 192, 2013, and The Virginian-Pilot, 06/10/13)
- William Enyart, D-Ill.: “We must act to speed up the process so that disabled, honorably discharged American veterans are not waiting without income for months and years.”
Tim Griffin tried to block the VA from moving a clinic for homeless and other veterans in Little Rock from a “decrepit facility” to a new facility that could “accommodate the growing number of homeless and other veterans seeking services.”
- In 2012, The VA was considering moving “a homeless-veterans clinic to the intersection of 10th and Main streets” in Little Rock since the “clinic at Ringo and Second streets…[could] no longer accommodate the growing number of homeless and other veterans seeking services.” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 02/14/12)
- Max Brantley described the facility at 10th and Main as “a decrepit facility” in “the boondocks.” (Arkansas Times, 02/02/12)
- “Neighbors…said the [potential new] location is ill-suited for the clinic because it will place veterans with substance abuse and mental health issues about a block away from residential properties. They said the location will stunt redevelopment interest in the South Main Street corridor and drop property values.” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 02/14/12)
- In January 2012, Griffin “sent VA Secretary Shinseki a letter urging the VA to suspend its plan to relocate the Little Rock Drop-In Day Treatment Center until further input from the community could be considered. He also requested that the VA provide him with the policy and procedures for the site selection process.” (Rep. Tim Griffin, Press Release, 02/13/12)
- According to Max Brantley, Tim Griffin intervened “against relocation of the vets day center from an inadequate facility at 2nd and Ringo…to 10th and Main” in Little Rock.
- The VA was “thwarted at every turn” when trying to find a location for a new facility, as the Little Rock “mayor and Tim Griffin… [wanted] to delay a better place for veterans.”
- “In the face of this solid idea for the improvement of the lot of veterans, Griffin… [wanted] to stop the clock and start over again.”
- “Tim Griffin says he wants better for vets,” yet all he offered was “an obstacle to something better,” Max Brantley opined. (Arkansas Times, 02/15/12)
- He “pulled out every trick to stop the move, without offering a viable alternative.” (Arkansas Times, 03/06/12)
- Despite Griffin’s opposition, “the Day Treatment Center went ahead.”
- In March 2013, the VA moved into the spacious, 12,000-square-foot building, a revamped former Jeep dealership that quadrupled the size of the treatment center at 1101 2nd St. Servicing in its first year, 2,100 vets, about 600 of them new.
In 2013, Tim Griffin voted against a bipartisan bill that extended “tax credits that help businesses hire veterans.”
- On January 1, 2013, Tim Griffin voted against H.R. 8, which was “a bill to avert the dreaded fiscal cliff, staving off widespread tax increases and deep spending cuts.”
- “Had the House not acted” to pass this bill, the Bush-era tax cuts would have “expired fully, [and] broad tax increases would have kicked in. In addition, $110 billion in automatic cuts to domestic and military spending would have taken place.” (House of Representatives Vote 659, 2013, and CNN Wire, 01/02/13)
- It extended “tax credits that help businesses hire veterans.” (Gannett News Service, 01/02/13)
Tim Griffin has received over $50,000 in campaign contributions from the PACs of defense contractors, including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Boeing.
- Tim Griffin has received $36,000 in campaign contributions from the political action committees of defense contractors, including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics. (FollowTheMoney.org)
- Griffin has also received $15,000 in campaign contributions from Boeing’s PAC over the course of his congressional career. (Federal Election Commission)