- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Public Offices Commission is considering a settlement worked out with an Anchorage state representative to end his case of campaign reporting problems.

Democrat Chris Tuck has agreed to pay a $14,117 fine and forfeit $5,800 in campaign money to settle errors in required campaign finance reports. The commission met Wednesday but held off accepting the settlement worked out with APOC staff because questions remain on what additional reports Tuck must file.

Sloppy bookkeeping, bank errors and other problems led to problems with Tuck’s reports in 2010 and 2012, according to a nine-page APOC staff report.

Tuck’s campaign account was a sub-account of a personal bank account with different suffixes, the Anchorage Daily News (http://bit.ly/1tLCUsZ) reported. The wrong checking account received online credit card campaign contributions and the money went to Tuck’s personal account instead of his campaign account, according to the APOC report.

The bank put the wrong suffix on campaign checks and they were drawn from Tuck’s personal account. Tuck inadvertently used his campaign debit card for personal spending, the report said.

Tuck transferred money from his personal account to his campaign account to try to fix errors and paid some campaign expenses directly. He could not, however, figure out the exact amount and did not file new disclosure reports showing “personal contributions” to the campaign, the APOC said.

Tuck said he never attempted to deceive the public in his campaign reporting.

“I did make errors but it was not ill-intended,” he said.

APOC staff urged settlement.

“This agreement is in the best interest of the public for several reasons,” said the staff report, signed in January by Tuck and APOC director Paul Dauphinais. “First, Rep. Tuck’s reports contained so many errors that it is beyond the expertise of APOC staff to untangle the skein of errors that have been compounded since 2010.”

Commission members said Wednesday that the case is close to resolution.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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