APOC expediting complaint against Berkowitz over ad using news footage

The Alaska Public Offices Commission is looking into a complaint against an Anchorage mayoral candidate over an improper corporate donation.

The complaint was filed against Ethan Berkowitz by David Nees, who has run unsuccessful campaigns for seats in the House and on the Anchorage School Board.

In the documents submitted to APOC Nees says that Berkowitz used images from a KTUU newscast in a campaign ad, but failed to disclose a corporate donation from the private company.

Nora Morse is a spokeperson for the campaign, and says the use media in ads is commonplace.

“Political campaigns use news clips all the time,” said campaign Berkowitz campaign spokesperson Nora Morse. “This complaint is just another distraction to the Anchorage voters, it’s an unfounded claim that will hopefully be resolved by this afternoon.”

APOC is holding an expedited hearing on the issue today at 5:15pm.

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