Masek fined $360 for financial disclosure violations

Posted: Friday, June 30, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- The Alaska Public Offices Commission has fined state Rep. Bev Masek $360 for filing an incomplete financial disclosure report.

The commission cut the maximum penalty for the offense in half at a Wednesday meeting after its staff recommended that the fine be reduced because Masek's previous filing record was excellent.

Masek, R-Willow, filed a substantially incomplete report earlier this year that failed to list all of her family's sources of income, business interests and legal description of her husband's real property, according to a report produced by Nancy Freeman, one of the commission's investigators.

Masek provided much of the missing information immediately after the commission notified her about it in March, but didn't provide full information on all of her husband's property until late May, Freeman wrote.

''Representative Masek's failure to report required information timely compromises the public's right to know her financial interests,'' Freeman wrote.

Masek said she had difficulty getting the full descriptions of the land from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and mistakenly assumed that borough officials had forwarded the information.

''I realize this is my responsibility, but some things are not always within a person's control,'' Masek wrote in an appeal to the commission.

Masek did not immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press on Thursday afternoon.

In a separate case, the commission admonished the Alaska Restaurant and Beverage Association for faxing its members an invitation to a fund-raising reception for state Sen. Dave Donley while the Republican legislator was running an unsuccessful campaign to become mayor of Anchorage.

The invitation to the February event was faxed from the association's headquarters to its 80 members, a violation of the law that bans contributions of money, goods or services from corporations, investigator Belinda Davis wrote.

Jay Sutherland, the association's president, said the invitation was sent by a former employee who misunderstood his request to fax a list of members to his home, where he could legally send invitations.

Donley told the commission's staff that he had no knowledge that the association's fax machine had been used until he got a letter from APOC.

The commission waived the $50 fine for both Donley's campaign and the association, but ordered the campaign to pay the association $25 -- the estimated value of its member list -- as a show of good faith.

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