HB 13: "An Act requiring persons authorized to make or incur political campaign expenditures before filing for nomination to office and groups acting on behalf of them to file certain election campaign finance disclosure reports."
00HOUSE BILL NO. 13 01 "An Act requiring persons authorized to make or incur political campaign 02 expenditures before filing for nomination to office and groups acting on behalf 03 of them to file certain election campaign finance disclosure reports." 04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 * Section 1. PURPOSE. It is the purpose of this Act to set aside the effect of the 06 November 18, 1992, Policy Decision of the Alaska Public Offices Commission as it provides 07 an exemption from the reporting requirements for prospective candidates and for groups acting 08 on behalf of prospective candidates who, during the period preceding an election, raise money 09 for the benefit of an election campaign or make expenditures for the benefit of that campaign 10 before the prospective candidate files for office. 11 * Sec. 2. AS 15.13.100 is amended to read: 12 Sec. 15.13.100. EXPENDITURES BEFORE FILING. A political campaign 13 expenditure may not be made or incurred by a person in an election or by a person or 14 group with the person's knowledge and on the person's behalf before the date upon
01 which the person files for nomination for the office which the person seeks, except for 02 personal travel expenses or for opinion surveys or polls. Unless earlier reported 03 under AS 15.13.110(f), these [THESE] expenditures must be included in the first 04 report required under this chapter after filing for office. 05 * Sec. 3. AS 15.13.110 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 06 (f) A prospective candidate who, or a group that, with the prospective 07 candidate's knowledge or on a prospective candidate's behalf, under AS 15.13.100 and 08 the regulations adopted by the commission to implement that section, receives 09 contributions or makes expenditures shall file a report of those contributions and 10 expenditures 11 (1) 30 days before the state primary, state general, state special, or 12 municipal election; however, this report is not required if the contributions are first 13 received or the expenditures are first made within 30 days of the election; 14 (2) one week before the state primary, state general, state special, or 15 municipal election; however, this report is not required if the contributions are first 16 received or the expenditures are first made within one week of the election; 17 (3) 10 days after the state primary, state general, state special, or 18 municipal election; and 19 (4) February 15 for expenditures made and contributions received that 20 were not reported during the previous year or when expenditures were not made or 21 contributions were not received during the previous year. 22 * Sec. 4. AS 15.13.125 is amended to read: 23 Sec. 15.13.125. CIVIL PENALTY: LATE FILING OF REQUIRED 24 REPORTS. A person who fails to file a properly completed and certified report within 25 the time required by AS 15.13.040(f), [OR] 15.13.110(a)(1), (3), or (4), or 15.13.110(f) 26 is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $10 a day for each day the delinquency 27 continues as determined by the commission subject to right of appeal to the superior 28 court. A person who fails to file a properly completed and certified report within the 29 time required by AS 15.13.110(a)(2) or 15.13.110(b) is subject to a civil penalty of not 30 more than $50 a day for each day the delinquency continues as determined by the 31 commission subject to right of appeal to the superior court. An affidavit stating facts
01 in mitigation may be submitted to the commission by a person against whom a civil 02 penalty is assessed. However, the imposition of the penalties prescribed in this section 03 or in AS 15.13.120 does not excuse that person from filing reports required by this 04 chapter. 05 * Sec. 5. APPLICATION. The provisions of AS 15.13.110(f), added by sec. 3 of this Act, 06 are intended to apply to persons and groups who initiate early campaigning under a letter of 07 intent authorized by 2 AAC 50.380.