Alaska state representative accused of ethics violation
Sep. 13, 2017
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state representative has been accused of ethics violations by the Legislative Ethics Committee.
The committee says Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson of North Pole violated two parts of the Ethics Act in January 2014, The Daily News-Miner reported (http://bit.ly/2wVwJiH ) Tuesday.
The committee says Wilson produced and sent a postcard about air quality issues to constituents outside her legislative district using state resources and included the return address of an official legislative office on the postcard.
Wilson has long been involved with the subject of air quality in Fairbanks and surrounding areas and has led several ballot measures in an effort to reduce local government control over air quality.
Wilson said she did not use government resources to produce or send the postcards, but she did include the return address.
"I sent a postcard informing those in the North Star Borough that there was a hearing on air quality," she said. "I used my own funds for the postcards. I used my own funds for the stamps. The only thing I did, which I learned later, is that I can't include that return address."
Wilson's comments, however, contradict what was stated in the official investigation findings from the Legislative Ethics Committee.
"Regardless of intent, the committee recognizes the fact that state resources were used to produce and distribute an air quality postcard to individuals not in Rep. Wilson's current legislative district," the committee decision stated.
Wilson also said she was not previously informed of the violation and was not allowed to go before the committee to discuss the issue.
Jerry Anderson, ethics committee administrator, said he cannot comment on the allegations as they were part of an executive session.
Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com