JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Public Offices Commission has approved a draft advisory opinion regarding fundraising for gubernatorial candidates.
Gov. Sean Parnell's campaign requested clarification of a law prohibiting gubernatorial candidates from soliciting or accepting contributions in Juneau while the Legislature is in session. Campaign manager Jerry Gallagher has said the law predates widespread use of websites and email for contributions.
The commission approved a draft opinion stating the campaign may solicit contributions through its website and social media page, noting that such fundraising doesn't specifically target anyone in Juneau and contributions are deposited to an Anchorage bank.
The opinion also says email solicitations must tell recipients they cannot contribute in the City and Borough of Juneau during session.
It makes clear the campaign cannot solicit contributions from individuals in Juneau during session.