- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Ketchikan lawmaker faces possible fines of about $6,000 for campaign violations, including not properly reporting some contributions and spending.

The Alaska Public Offices Commission says Rep. Dan Ortiz (or-TEHZ’) also received a prohibited contribution in the form of a bed-and-breakfast stay and didn’t report who paid for several campaign fliers. Commission staff noted Ortiz’s cooperation and status as a first-time legislative candidate in recommending fines lower than the maximum possible.

The commission was scheduled to hear the matter Wednesday but since complaints can’t be heard during a legislative session, it was postponed.

Ortiz challenged some of the allegations but acknowledged making mistakes.

CoastAlaska News reports (https://bit.ly/1QtJLTi ) the complaints surrounded last fall’s campaign and were filed by his Republican opponent and the district GOP organization. Ortiz is an independent.

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