State elections commission recommends fine for pro-Bronson group, citing a failure to file certain forms during runoff

A woman in a blazer.
Rebecca Logan after filing paperwork to run in the 2018 Anchorage mayoral election. Logan was the treasurer for the pro-Dave Bronson independent expenditure group Open for Business Anchorage. (Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)

The Alaska Public Offices Commission staff is recommending a $5,665 fine for a group that was raising funds to support Mayor Dave Bronson’s campaign.

A complaint was filed in September by Paula DeLaiarro that the independent expenditure group Open for Business Anchorage had not filed the proper forms during the Anchorage runoff election. DeLaiarro had served as treasurer for the campaign of Forrest Dunbar, Bronson’s opponent. 

In a report released Wednesday, APOC staff found that Open for Business Anchorage failed to file six expenditure forms and calculated a maximum civil penalty of $12,200. The amount was reduced because Open For Business Anchorage was considered an inexperienced filer, and the penalty for two of the reports is more than the value of the transactions that were deemed late. 

In a response to the complaint, Open for Business Anchorage treasurer Rebecca Logan wrote that the group was unaware of requirements to file 10-day reports and a 24-hour report, and that’s why the reports weren’t filed. Financial records show that the group did actually file one of the 10-day reports. 

APOC commissioners will make a final decision on the violations and the total fine at their next meeting on Jan. 26.

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Wesley is a reporter for Alaska Public Media, covering primarily city government and Anchorage life. He previously worked at Alaska Public Media as a web editor, producer and education reporter before a two-year stint in Kotzebue, AK as News Director for KOTZ-AM.

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