Group: Initiative opponent breaks disclosure rules

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010

JUNEAU - The Alaska Public Offices Commission has called on a ballot group to pull its ads, alleging they violate new campaign finance disclosure rules.

Alaskans Against Government Mandates, which is opposing a parental notification initiative for minors seeking abortions, questioned its being "singled out."

The Legislature this year changed disclosure rules, requiring radio and other audio communications identify not only the group sponsoring the ad but also the top three donors to the group.

Alaskans for Parental Rights, which supports the initiative, filed its own complaint Monday. It wants the ads pulled and fines imposed.

Alaskans Against Government Mandates said it has included the required new language in all its radio and TV advertising, as well as online. Chairwoman Clover Simon said other campaigns also followed the old guidelines and that once her group discovered the problem, it moved to correct it.

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