Complaints arise of illegal advertisements in campaign against Alaska's Ballot Measure 2

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July 27, 2010

JUNEAU, Alaska: Alaska's Ballot Measure 2 has been surrounded by controversy in the months leading up to the August 24, 2010 primary election. The measure would forbid a minor from getting an abortion without a doctor informing at least one parent before moving forward with the procedure. Now with the election less than a month away, even more controversy is being piled on. But this time, however, the controversy is hitting advertising strategies.

A complaint was filed by the Alaskans for Parental Rights to the Alaska Public Offices Commission, citing that illegal ad campaigns are being launched by Alaskans Against Government Mandates, the group opposing the measure. The complaint comes after the APOC spoke to the group against the measure, and that the group stated they would stop the advertisements. However, according to the complaint, the ads had not stopped as of July 23, 2010. Alaskans for Parental Rights are concerned with the ads because the ads allegedly do not include the top three contributors to the group, which is a state law. According to the law, radio advertisements and internet ads must include who paid for the advertisement, the top three contributors and the address of their residence or business.

According to APOC Executive Director Holly Hill, the APOC hasn't formally accepted the complaint due to an uncertainty if it was served properly on the Alaskans Against Government Mandates. The complaint also calls for the APOC to pull the ads and for the group against the measure to rework them to include the proper material. Alaskans for Parental Rights also want penalties imposed on the group.[1]

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