APOC Rejects Treadwell Settlement

The Alaska Public Offices Commission late today rejected a Consent Agreement announced this morning between the commission’s staff and Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell.   The staff had filed a complaint of campaign finance violations that stemmed from irregularities found in its review of year-end financial reports filed for the 2010 election cycle.

Associate Staff Attorney Martha Tansik said the sticking point was in the value of services provided to Treadwell.  APOC’s staff was not able to determine whether charges for an individual’s editing and marketing skills were commercially reasonable or were a blatant violation of law.                   :

This morning’s settlement – already signed by Treadwell and APOC Executive Director Paul Dauphinais (doh-fin-ay) — would have required Treadwell to pay a total of $6704 – part of that amount as fines for not disclosing errors and part as the cost of APOC’s staff time in investigating the complaint.

The rejection by the full commission sends the complaint back to the staff for further investigation … to determine the exact status of the issues that were initially questioned.