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Tosi: Fines likely coming after APOC complaint

Nathaniel Herz
Bob Hallinen

Anchorage Assembly candidate Mao Tosi says he is waiting for a meeting with state regulators later this month to resolve a 15-point complaint filed against him in February over alleged illegal campaign activities.

Tosi said that he has been working with the Alaska Public Offices Commission this week, and expects the complaint to be resolved at the commission's next meeting, on March 12.

Tosi said that following an APOC investigation, he expects to have to pay "minimal fines" to resolve the complaint.

But he said he did not want to release additional details until after the penalties had been finalized at the meeting.

Typically, following an investigation, APOC staff recommends a response, which commissioners can approve, reject or modify at a subsequent meeting.

"They've sent me the paperwork -- I signed it yesterday," Tosi said in a phone interview Friday. "I would rather get you the exact information once they've finished."

APOC Executive Director Paul Dauphinais declined to comment, saying that the complaint "is still being worked on by staff."

Tosi, a former NFL football player and well-known community activist, is a first-time candidate for the Assembly. He is not affiliated with a political party.

Tosi is running for an East Anchorage seat against incumbent Adam Trombley, a Republican, and Pete Petersen, a Democrat. City elections are nonpartisan, but political parties often get involved in Assembly races.

The complaint against Tosi was filed by John E. Lewis, an East Anchorage resident and registered Democrat.

It included allegations that Tosi had violated state law by spending money on his campaign before officially declaring his candidacy, and had accepted banned corporate contributions, by using space for his campaign in an office in the Northway Mall that's managed by Tosi's private management firm.

Lewis previously told the Daily News in an email that he was not connected to Petersen's campaign.

His complaint also alleged that Tosi's campaign had improperly used a post office box belonging to Tosi's nonprofit, Alaska Pride.

In a separate issue, Alaska Pride has failed to file its annual financial disclosure forms with the Internal Revenue Service for the last three years.

Tosi said Friday that the organization has filed for extensions for the disclosures.

"We're getting there," he said. "We're trying to finish up everything while moving forward."

Reach Nathaniel Herz at nherz@adn.com or 257-4311.


By NATHANIEL HERZ
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