House approves 'issue ad' bill

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill aimed at tightening laws covering how campaign advertisements can be financed passed the state House unanimously Monday.

The measure is aimed at addressing issue ads used to influence a race for state office.

It would put state campaign finance restrictions on issue ads that identify a specific candidate, attribute a position to that candidate, and appear within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary.

Such ads would be subject to laws requiring disclosure of who paid for them, according to the Alaska Public Offices Commission. Also, groups putting out such ads would be limited to $500 contributions from individuals, and 90 percent of the contributions would have to come from Alaska residents.

The bill was approved last week by the Senate. The measure must go back to the Senate for concurrence with changes made in the House.

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