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Candidate Faces Perjury Charges

August 24, 1999

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ A former Republican gubernatorial candidate who won the primary last year with a lavish campaign was charged Tuesday with perjury and 22 violations of campaign laws.

John Lindauer, who later admitted the campaign was funded by his wife, was accused of providing false information in campaign disclosure statements, soliciting illegal contributions and failing to report illegal campaign contributions.

Lindauer was accused of perjury _ the only felony charge among the 23 counts _ for claiming to have received an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend in 1997, a year in which he did not even apply for a dividend.

Eligibility for the dividend carries strict residency requirements, and Lindauer’s failure to apply in 1996 or 1997 was raised during last year’s campaign as evidence that he had returned to Alaska from Chicago only to seek the governor’s mansion.

A telephone call to Michael Rovell, Lindauer’s attorney, was not returned.

Lindauer spent more than $1.7 million, claiming at one point that he raised the money through consulting fees, real estate deals and selling art and his radio stations. His campaign fell apart after he admitted that nearly all the money came from his second wife, Dorothy Oremus, a Chicago attorney and heiress.

The Republican Party of Alaska withdrew its support, and he received only 17 percent of the vote as incumbent Democrat Tony Knowles easily won a second term.

Since his loss, he placed his Anchorage house on the market and apparently left Alaska.

Before announcing his run for governor in November 1997, Lindauer obtained a $700,000 loan guaranteed by Oremus and her brother, prosecutors said. Oremus guaranteed another $300,000 loan for him on Dec. 30, 1997.

Alaska law considers such loans campaign contributions, and they violated the $500 limit on individual contributions as well as a limit on contributions from outside the state.

In addition to the loans, Lindauer received five direct payments totaling $527,498 from Oremus in 1998.

The state also accused Lindauer of disguising campaign contributions as consulting fees.

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