Committee finds two violations

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Select Committee on Legislative Ethics has found that two people, one a legislator and the other a legislative staff member, violated rules regarding personal and political activity.

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Both promised not to violate such rules in the future, and the ethics committee recommended no further action. One's actions were even called "commendable."

Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Fairbanks, was found to have used his legislative e-mail account and state resources to send an e-mail to 23 Republican House members and 11 Republican Senate members urging them to make a donation to a Web site advocating "Vote Yes for Marriage" on the April 3 statewide ballot.

The committee met in April, June and September to discuss the allegation, and found probable cause that Kelly had violated the ethics code rules against using statewide resources for political fundraising and campaigning.

The committee said Kelly acknowledged the action and said it would not happen again, and recommended no further action.

Kelly was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

The committee also found probable cause that legislative staffer Rynnieva Moss violated the ethics code by representing a constituent of Rep. John Coghill, R-North Pole, before a state agency and used Coghill's letterhead to do so.

The committee found that Moss went beyond constituent service and became a personal advocate for the constituent.

The committee noted that Moss ceased representation immediately after she was notified to do so, and no further action was recommended.

The committee said Moss operated in good faith and received no personal benefit from the representation.

"Ms. Moss' commitment to the district's constituents is commendable," the finding said.

Moss was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

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