The Alaska Public Offices Commission will consider whether the group illegally coordinated with the Dunleavy campaign.
Because of a federal court decision last year, the state’s failure to appeal that decision, and the Alaska Legislature’s failure to approve a new law, candidates for Alaska state Legislature and governor can accept unlimited amounts of money from individual donors.
A nonpartisan watchdog group says Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s re-election campaign is coordinating with a super PAC working to get him elected.
Gov. Dunleavy’s spokesman Jeff Turner said the governor doesn’t have a position about what the new Alaska campaign contribution limit should be and will not be introducing a bill to set one.
Compared to most other states, Alaska historically had lower limits on how much an individual could give to a political candidate’s campaign. That changed last summer when a federal appeals court tossed out the state’s limit of $500 per person per year, saying it limited free speech.
One bill would prevent legislators from receiving per diem payments if they fail to pass a budget by the 121st day of regular session.
Campaign finances for ballot measure groups must be disclosed after the signature-gathering stage, but the requirement is inconsistent during signature gathering.
Bronson faces a separate fine of $52,650 for other apparent violations and “utterly confusing” campaign reporting.
Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson’s campaign violated numerous campaign finance laws and should be fined $52,650, according to a recent report from the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
Applicants who file and meet all the qualifications will face off in the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 5.