Walker campaign files complaint against Republican Governors Association
The Alaska Public Offices Commission on Tuesday morning will meet to determine whether a pair of complaints from Gov. Bill Walker’s campaign warrant an expedited hearing.
Walker’s campaign on Friday added the Republican Governors Association to a complaint filed Monday with the state’s oversight office.
The campaign first accused an independent group backing Republican candidate Mike Dunleavy of failing to make timely and accurate financial disclosures.
The campaign hand-delivered the complaint against Families for Alaska's Future-Dunleavy to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
It asked APOC for an expedited hearing with the November election just six weeks away.
The campaign accused RGA of spending $1.5 million on a race among Walker, Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich without registering with APOC or reporting the expenses.
“Mike Dunleavy is skipping debates and media interviews and hiding behind a wall of outside cash,” said Walker campaign manager John-Henry Heckendorn. “Alaskans deserve to have our laws followed and to know who is spending millions of dollars to try and buy Mike Dunleavy a Governorship.”
In an emailed statement, the RGA denied the allegations.
“The 'facts' alleged here are false,” said RGA General Counsel Michael G. Adams. “And if invited to respond by the Commission, we will mount an aggressive defense."
Under federal law, groups such as Families for Alaska’s Future cannot coordinate with the candidate, in this case, Dunleavy.
In the Monday complaint, Heckendorn wrote: “The grossly inaccurate, misleading and incomplete reporting warrants the Commission’s expedited consideration and the levying of severe penalties as a sanction against misconduct and as a deterrent to others.”
If the commission rules in favor of the expedited, it can begin the hearing immediately or schedule it within two days.
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