Anchorage Representative likely violated ethics rules for street fair fundraising

 Rep. Geran Tarr presents House Bill 75 to the House Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Geran Tarr presents House Bill 75 to the House Judiciary Committee. (KTUU)
Published: Apr. 24, 2018 at 2:55 PM AKDT
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A legislative ethics committee has found probable cause that Rep. Geran Tarr violated ethics law by having staff help organize and fundraise for a 2017 street fair.

No sanctions were recommended against the Anchorage Democrat.

But the committee, in a release, said it "strongly" recommends that Tarr seek guidance from the ethics office before committing government resources to a project that would provide a private benefit.

The complaint alleged that Tarr and staff members worked on the Mountain View Street Fair Festival on government time, using government resources for a non-legislative purpose.

The committee says one part-time aide alone spent over 120 hours of government or staff time helping with the event.

Tarr says she disagrees with some of the findings and is pleased with the recommendation of no sanctions.