UPDATE: Conservative group hosting Dunleavy fiscal policy events, charging for attendance

Gov. Mike Dunleavy sits down with Channel 2 to talk about his budget ahead of its release....
Gov. Mike Dunleavy sits down with Channel 2 to talk about his budget ahead of its release. (KTUU) (KTUU)
Published: Mar. 19, 2019 at 1:33 PM AKDT
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Most of the events on the fiscal policy tour announced by Gov. Mike Dunleavy's office are being hosted by a conservative political organization.

Dunleavy's office announced five public events around Alaska next week, plus a planned appearance on a statewide radio program and a chamber of commerce event.

The five events listed as public are being hosted by Americans for Prosperity, which online describes the events as private and lays out terms by which attendees must abide.

Ryan McKee, state director of Americans for Prosperity-Alaska, says the group is renting the space and has the right to remove anyone who is disruptive and make sure the venues aren't over capacity.

But he says the event is open to all and that he wants the event to be a discussion. He says he welcomes opposing viewpoints and questions.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Dunleavy says Dunleavy's upcoming fiscal policy tour will include meetings and events in partnership with different organizations.

Matt Shuckerow says those groups include the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Policy Forum, Americans for Prosperity-Alaska and Alaska Support Industry Alliance.

Democratic Sen. Tom Begich, in a statement, says Dunleavy should promote "open and transparent public forums."

"On the campaign trail, then-candidate Dunleavy promoted restoring trust in government as one of his main themes for his administration," Begich said. "Now that he is governor, countless campaign promises continue to be broken."

Begich takes issue with terms and conditions outlined by the group on an events page referring to the event as private and laying out terms by which attendees must abide.