- Associated Press - Friday, October 16, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Public Offices Commission has filed a complaint against state Sen. Lesil McGuire, saying the Anchorage Republican had failed to meet disclosure obligations by not reporting the income or financial interests of her husband.

The complaint was filed by commission staff on Oct. 7. The commission’s executive director, Paul Dauphinais, said that as of Friday morning, McGuire had not formally responded.

A message seeking comment was left for McGuire Friday by The Associated Press.

According to the complaint, legislators are required to provide information for income received by themselves, their spouses or domestic partners and their children if the income surpasses $1,000 from a single source during a calendar year. In those cases, details such as the source of the income and how it was earned are required.

McGuire had not requested an exemption from reporting the information and had not provided evidence of a good faith effort to get the information from her husband, an attorney, the complaint states. McGuire’s legislative salary and Permanent Fund dividends for herself and her husband were among the income included on her report.



The issue was noticed during a routine audit in April. After the end of the extended legislative session in June, commission staff contacted McGuire “on multiple occasions” and made her aware of the situation, the complaint states.

Filings made by McGuire with the commission in 2013 and 2014 also did not include income information for Skala besides a dividend. Dauphinais said that in 2013, a good faith effort for information was made. Dauphinais said he did the audit last year and missed the lack of additional detail.

A good faith effort includes actions like a written request by an office holder to a family member asking for the information.

McGuire recently announced she does not plan to seek re-election next year.

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