Alaska Elections Commission Maintains $ 38,500 Fine for Bronson’s Mayoral Campaign
The Alaska Public Offices Commission ruled that Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson failed to file specific campaign spending reports in the run-off election earlier this year. As a result, he fined Bronson $ 38,500.
The initial complaint was filed in April by lawyers for Forrest Dunbar, an Anchorage Assembly member and Bronson opponent in the second round. Dunbar’s campaign demanded that the complaint be speeded up before the election, but commissioners refused. The final order was announced on Monday.
Among the flaws APOC found in the Bronson campaign was the failure to disclose a $ 95,000 debt to advertising firm Hackney and Hackney until months after it had spent the money. . The campaign also did not describe how the company would use the money until June, which was, according to the final order, “well after the run-off election.”
The APOC also found that the Bronson campaign did not return two contributions over $ 500 to campaign supporters. State law caps the amount of money an individual can donate to a campaign at $ 500, but APOC did not penalize Bronson for these offenses because that limit was overturned by the 9th Circuit Court. The ruling said the court’s ruling will likely stand.
Lawyers for Bronson’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment. Paula DeLaiarro, a campaign representative for Dunbar, said in a statement that APOC’s decision, “sends a clear signal that random and late reporting will not be tolerated and will result in proportional fines.”