Anybody else think that APOC is stretching here?
A report by the state agency that regulates campaign finance laws says Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan broke state law by issuing a campaign-related press release through his city spokeswoman last month. The report, written by an agency staff member, recommends that Sullivan pay an $187.50 penalty.
At issue is whether or not Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan should have sent an apology for comparing union membership to slavery. Sullivan made the comments at the candidate forum, but many, including the NAACP asked for comment from him as the mayor. He, his spokesperson Lindsey Whitt, and the city attorney met and decided that since the request was made to his office, he should respond as the mayor.
The money is probably less of an issue than the headline.
If the commission upholds the staff’s decision, which they normally do, this will be the first time that Sullivan, who has run six times, has gotten an APOC-ding. That’s pretty impressive, considering how aggressive the agency has been in the last years.
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