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Title 2 . Administration
Chapter 50 . Public Information
Section 390. Civil penalty assessments for the late filing of a campaign disclosure report

2 AAC 50.390. Civil penalty assessments for the late filing of a campaign disclosure report

(a) A report required to be filed within the time required by AS 15.13.110 (a) and (b) is delinquent if not received, in accordance with 2 AAC 50.310, on or before the due date.

(b) The report continues to be delinquent and subject to a civil penalty until received.

(c) Commission staff will send notice to each candidate or group of his or its delinquency under AS 15.13.110 (a) within five working days after the due date of the report.

(d) Upon receipt of a delinquent campaign disclosure report of contributions received by a candidate or a group, commission staff will

(1) calculate the initial civil penalty, for each day of delinquency, as follows:

(A) $10 a day for each 30-day report or 10-day report;

(B) $10 a day for each year-end report received after February 15;

(C) $50 a day for each seven-day report; and

(D) $50 a day up to a maximum of $450 for each 24-hour report;

(2) send notice of the civil penalty assessed against the candidate or group within five working days after receipt of a delinquent report, or in the case of non-receipt of a report required by AS 15.13.110 (b), within 15 working days after receiving the information, and include

(A) a statement of the amount of the assessment; and

(B) an affidavit appeal form.

(e) A candidate or group subject to a civil penalty assessment may

(1) submit, within 30 days after receipt of the assessment notice described in (d)(2) of this section, an affidavit stating reasons for the late filing to show why a civil penalty should not be assessed; an affidavit

(A) is a statement in writing made under oath and upon penalty of perjury; and

(B) must be sworn to before a notary public, municipal clerk, court clerk, postmaster, or any other person authorized to administer oaths or, if none of the preceding alternatives is available, may be signed by the official without benefit of the oath so long as the official states, in writing, that the affidavit is signed under penalty of perjury; or

(2) pay, within 30 days after receipt of the assessment notice described in (d)(2) of this section, the civil penalty assessed.

(f) If a candidate or group subject to a civil penalty assessment for the late filing of a campaign disclosure report refuses, or fails, within the time required, to submit an affidavit or make payment, then commission staff will refer the matter to the attorney general for appropriate action. The commission will not hear an appeal if an affidavit is not filed within the time required.

(g) An affidavit timely filed with the commission will be considered at the next regular meeting of the commission. If a candidate or group's appeal is

(1) denied by the commission, commission staff will notify the candidate or group of its decision within 15 days, and require that the civil penalty originally assessed be paid within 30 days after the date of the letter containing notification of the commission's decision; or

(2) accepted by the commission, commission staff will notify the candidate or group of its decision within 15 days, informing him or it that the civil penalty assessment has been waived and that the matter is considered closed; or

(3) accepted, in part, by the commission, commission staff will notify the candidate or group of its decision within 15 days, and require that the reduced civil penalty assessment be paid within 30 days after the date of the letter containing notification of the commission's decision.

(h) A candidate or group may appeal the commission's decision to deny or partially accept reasons for lateness to the superior court within 30 days from the date the commission's decision is mailed or otherwise distributed to the candidate or group. If no appeal is made within 30 days and a payment is not made, the matter will be referred to the attorney general for appropriate action.

(i) If, upon review of a report required by AS 15.13.110 (a), (b), or (e), the commission's staff finds substantial or continuous noncompliance with AS 15.13 or any provision of this chapter, or with requests by staff for information required to be reported under this chapter, the matter must be brought to the commission for review. The commission will, in its discretion, reduce or waive any initial civil penalty, uphold any initial civil penalty, increase the amount of any initial civil penalty to an amount not exceeding the applicable maximum amount established in AS 15.13.125 , per day for each day a violation continues, or instruct its staff to begin preliminary investigation into the matter. If an initial civil penalty has not been assessed, the commission will, in its discretion, assess a civil penalty up to the applicable maximum amount established in AS 15.13.125 , per day for each day a violation continues, if the candidate or group in question does not comply.

History: Eff. 7/22/78, Register 67; am 5/14/80, Register 74; am 5/24/81, Register 78; am 10/18/81, Register 80; am 6/29/84, Register 90; am 1/4/86, Register 97; am 8/22/97, Register 143

Authority: AS 15.13.010

AS 15.13.030

AS 15.13.120

AS 15.13.125


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