APOC fine a recommendation – not final Verfaillie says
Decision from the board will determine actual fine respondent notes
Darryl Verfaillie, who was investigated by the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) for violating campaign regulations, say he has not actually been fined by the watch dog group.
"To be clear – I have not been fined anything to date," Vefaillie said Monday in an email to the Valdez Star. "I chose to let the Commission rule on the findings and the Commission does not meet until September. What you cited was merely a recommendation to the Commission."
Verfaillie, the city's director of parks and recreation and a member of the board of education, faced fines totaling $1650. The investigator noted numerous mitigating factors and recommended reduced fines that brought the total down to $82.50.
"No final action has been taken on this matter," Verfaillie's email said.
A portion of the APOC investigation report in Crume vs. Verfaillie
Verfaillie paid for campaign mailer recommending Valdez voters elect former city manager John Hozey as a write-in city council candidate during last May's municipal elections.
The mailer did not contain a disclaimer noting who paid for the mailer as required by law. Verfaillie maintained that the mailer cost under $500 so he did not have to put his name on the mailer as a disclaimer. APOC found the total value – not the cash expenditure – of the mailer exceeded $500 and that Verfaillie did not file a report to APOC in a timely fashion that is required for most campaign expenditures.
Verfaillie and Hozey both denied that Hozey had any prior knowledge of the mailer and that Verfaillie acted independently.
Valdez man Alan Crume filed a complaint with APOC regarding the mailer.