Anti-Ballot Measure 2 Group Defend Alaska Elections Continues to Mislead the Public

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Yes on 2 for Better Elections has requested an expedited review with the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) of multiple violations of Alaska election law by the Defend Alaska Elections campaign.

With less than 30 days until the November 3rd election, Defend Alaska Elections has continued its pattern of making false and misleading statements concerning the primary sources of financing for their anti-Ballot Measure 2 campaign. APOC scheduled a hearing on whether to consider Defend Alaska Elections’ blatant violations for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 with continued arguments scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.

On September 21, Yes on 2 served Defend Alaska Elections with a complaint documenting multiple violations under Alaska Statute 15.13, including ongoing violations concerning disclosure of Defend Alaska Elections’ “three largest contributors.”

On October 1, Yes on 2 requested an expedited review of that initial complaint and provided information concerning potential new violations concerning Defend Alaska Elections’ failure to disclose their largest campaign contributors. 

Defend Alaska Elections’ campaign against Ballot Measure 2 is predicated on the representations that their campaign is a home-grown effort made up of Alaskans and funded by Alaskans. This is not accurate. The Alaska Republican Party, Republican State Leadership Committee (Washington D.C.), and Americans for Prosperity (Arlington, VA) are Defend Alaska Elections’ three largest contributors and have been for weeks. 

In addition to raising a majority of its funding from out-of-state dark money, the Defend Alaska Elections campaign hopes to run out the clock and make it to Election Day without responding to complaints about their misleading, improper, and incomplete campaign finance disclosure reports to APOC. 

Alaskans have a right to know who is spending money to influence their vote. Ironically, Ballot Measure 2 would require more disclosure and transparency by requiring campaigns to reveal the names of large donors within 24 hours and require a separate disclosure for campaigns that rely on out-of-state money for more than 50 percent of their contributions. 

A copy of the APOC complaint and APOC’s notice of expedited consideration are attached.