July 12, 2012 •
Pledging in return for campaign contributions would violate the Legislative Ethics Act
The Alaska Legislative Ethics Committee has issued an advisory opinion allowing incumbent legislators to sign pre-election pledges during re-election campaigns.
So long as the pledge is in exchange only for an endorsement or a promise of an endorsement it does not violate the Legislative Ethics Act. However, the committee also determined the signing of pre-election pledges in a quid pro quo exchange for a campaign contribution or a promise of a campaign contribution would violate the act.
Special interest groups often request candidates to take positions on certain topics by signing a pledge.
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