Campaign Against 'Dark Money' Disclosure in Alaska Keeps Hiding Its Donors - 2020-10-28
The campaign against a ballot measure to increase disclosure of "dark money" in Alaska's elections and institute a ranked-choice voting system has been caught trying to keep its donors hidden from voters.
Earlier this month, the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) determined that television, radio, and digital ads from Defend Alaska Elections (DAE), the campaign opposing Alaska Ballot Measure 2, violated the state's post-Citizens United law requiring all political ad sponsors to identify their top three donors along with the "paid for" disclosure. The ads named three well-known Alaskans as DAE's top donors—hovercraft moose hunter John Sturgeon, former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, and former Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell—despite the fact that by the time they began airing DAE had raised several far larger contributions from PACs and political party groups based outside of the state.
While the group's television and radio ads have been corrected, some of its web ads still include the same incorrect disclosure that was found to be in violation of the law. DAE ads reviewed by Sludge on state political news and opinion website The Alaska Landmine were still showing the incorrect donor disclosure as of the date of publication.