Senate candidate fined over disclosure

A state Senate candidate has been fined $390 for failing to disclose the clients of his engineering firm in his disclosure forms.

Bob Bell faced a possible fine of $780. Staff with the Alaska Public Offices Commission recommended the penalty be waived, saying the disclosure requirement in this case is based on new regulations and that Bell has since complied.

But the commission found that a regulation allowing for mitigating criteria doesn’t expressly provide for a complete waiver based on the issuance of a new regulation. The commission said it considers Bell to have a good filing history, and took the new regulation into account in cutting the civil penalty in half.

The decision can be appealed.

Bell is challenging Democratic Sen. Hollis French of Anchorage in next month’s election.

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