APOC Dismisses Complaint Filed Against Governor
Governor Sarah Palin today welcomed the news that a complaint filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) regarding last year's Ballot Measure 4 has been dismissed. The complaint, filed by Brian Kraft, alleged comments made by the governor at a press conference against Ballot Measure 4 violated AS 15.13.145, which restricts the use of state money to influence the outcome of an election on a ballot proposition.
APOC did not find Kraft's argument persuasive because the governor's spontaneous comment did not require the state to spend any money.
"I appreciate the commission recognizing the constitutional right of free speech and the implications of trying to regulate what a governor can say," Governor Palin said.
APOC also found the State of Alaska did not authorize the use of the governor's official portrait in an Anchorage Daily News advertisement against Ballot Measure 4.