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APOC complaints filed over Kenai River Classic participation, gifts

Posted: August 27, 2014 - 9:25pm

Complaints have been filed against three state officials for taking gifts for themselves or their families in relation to an annual Kenai River fishing event.

The complaints filed against Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources Ed Fogels and Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell assert that they did not declare their participation in the Kenai River Classic, nor the gifts they received at the event, on public disclosure forms. A similar complaint was filed against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell for not declaring his daughter’s participation or gifts.

The Kenai River Classic is an annual invitational fishing event held to raise money for the Kenai River Sportfishing Association’s work in habitat restoration, and fisheries education, management and research. According to KRSA’s website, the event has raised more than $14 million during the past 20 years.

The complaints were filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, or APOC, Aug. 25, and published on the commission’s website Aug. 27. Once APOC notifies each of the officials about the complaint, they have 15 days to respond with any proof and supporting documents explaining their response, according to APOC documents detailing the process.

The complaint against Campbell asserts that she failed to report attending the event or accepting numerous gifts in 2011.

KRSA estimated the value of the gifts given to each of the officials in 2011 at $5, elaborating that it was unclear if every attendee received them. The list of gifts included a gear bag, turtle neck, baseball cap and gloves, each with KRSA’s name or logo on them, which the organization reported devalues the items.

The complaint against Fogels asserts that he failed to report attending the classic or accepting numerous gifts from KRSA in 2013. That was filed by Homer resident Elaine Chalup.

The complaint against Treadwell was filed by Kasilof resident Benjamin Clare and asserts that Treadwell failed to report that his daughter attended the classic in 2013, and that she accepted gifts and a waived entry fee.

For 2013, KRSA’s financial disclosure estimated the value of the gifts it provided at $6. Those included a gear bag, quarter zip shirt, baseball cap, softshell jacket and gloves, with a reduction of value because they had KRSA’s name or logo on each of them.

The attendee list for the 2011 and 2013 Kenai River Classics included legislators and fisheries managers.

KRSA has advocated for fisheries management in Juneau, as well as at the Board of Fisheries Upper Cook Inlet meeting in 2014 and other past board meetings.

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Norseman 08/28/14 - 12:05 pm
This will go nowhere. The

This will go nowhere. The public has become numb to the cronyism and corruption of politicians and their families.

We hear about it every single day. Even our dear uncle Ted was involved in it.

The days are long gone that just anyone can get elected. Now it takes big bucks and the only way you get that is thru big buck donors.

Just look at the makeup of our State elected officials and just see how many of them are directly or indirectly bought and paid for by lobbyists and corporations.

All made legal by the dumbest decision the supreme court has made, which basically says corporations are people.

Today we hear that the Univ of Alaska president was GIVEN a $347,000 BONUS. Who in their right mind ever thought that was a good idea?

Well, apparently it was the 12 board of regents that are ALL political appointees of our guvner, Mr Conoco Phillips himself, parnell.

Anyone else getting angry over this?

All we as citizens can do is vote.

Suss 08/28/14 - 07:55 pm
$5 to $6 gift bags?

I guess the KRSA logo really just ruined the value of the goody gift bag merchandise.

Please just donate all those devalued articles of clothing to

needy folks that would not be so offended or insulted by being

gifted such low value clothing.

On the other hand, show the receipts for what KRSA really

paid for these items.

"For 2013, KRSA’s financial disclosure estimated the value of the gifts it provided at $6. Those included a gear bag, quarter zip shirt, baseball cap, softshell jacket and gloves, with a reduction of value because they had KRSA’s name or logo on each of them."

Pants on Fire........

Who does their books? The IRS might

want to know how fishy their figures are.

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