- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A state commission is asking a judge to require an Anchorage marijuana activist to turn over records that could help determine if she violated campaign-finance law.

The Alaska Public Offices Commission is attempting to determine if Charlo Greene, a former television reporter who quit during a news broadcast to work on her marijuana business, violated campaign finance laws in the run-up to the November election in which voters approved legalizing the recreational use of pot.

The commission on Feb. 3 filed a petition in Anchorage Superior Court, but Judge Michael Corey has not set a date for compliance by Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Egbe.

The commission has been investigating Greene since September. She advocated for passing Ballot Measure 2 and appeared at public meetings throughout the state before the Nov. 4 election, the Alaska Dispatch News (https://bit.ly/1KF4MJD) reported.

Greene contends her fundraising was for her business, not for campaign work. She could face civil penalties for not complying with the subpoena or for violations of campaign law.

Commission executive director Paul Dauphinais in an affidavit said the commission investigated after receiving a public inquiry about Greene’s Alaska Cannabis Club website, which contained a banner supporting Ballot Measure 2.

After Green’s high-profile resignation from her TV job, an online fundraising campaign took in $8,400.

Greene filed several independent expenditure reports with the APOC but stopped and resisted granting access to her fundraising records.

During email communications with commission staff, Greene wrote that she has not been found in violation of campaign finance law and that submitting records would make her business vulnerable to liability.

“Therefore, unless, and until, I receive in writing a certified document indemnifying me, the Alaska Cannabis Club, the members of the Alaska Cannabis Club and the members of my family, for any potential liability, civil or criminal, then documents that you request, or have subpoenaed, cannot be produced,” Greene wrote.


Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com

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