ANCHORAGE - Groups opposed to the huge Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska say mining companies are trying to smear them.
The three groups and an Anchorage financial manager are accused of breaking the law during last year's ballot measure campaign to block the mine. They say they are innocent.
Mine opponent Robert Gillam is president and chief investment officer of Anchorage-based McKinley Capital Management. That is an investment firm managing more than $4 billion for individuals and institutions.
The two companies trying to develop the mine have filed a complaint accusing Gillam and the groups of hiding nearly $2 million in Gillam donations to fight the measure.