Chandler City Attorney Dennis O’Neill issued a formal warning Tuesday against Councilman Dean Anderson’s campaign committee for failing to follow state election laws.
O’Neill said the city received a complaint from Chandler resident Jim Jurnak March 7 stating that the Friends of Dean Anderson campaign committee had taken out a full-page ad in the March 5 edition of the Chandler Connection, but failed to include who paid for the ad.
Arizona statutes require candidates and political committees to identify funding sources for such ads.
O’Neill said he investigated the allegation and found the ad was missing the required information. O’Neill issued an order of compliance and notice of right to request a hearing to the committee. He said although the committee violated state election law, the city filed the warning since it has jurisdiction over city elections.
"It puts them on formal notice so that if they do it again, they would be subject to the formal penalties under the statute," he said.
The formal complaint was issued by O’Neill the eve of the city election in which Anderson was seeking re-election.
O’Neill said the law allows the city to fine the committee up to three times the cost of the advertisement should the violation recur. The committee can request a hearing within 20 days to dispute the warning.
Anderson said he has run his campaign consistently and the information left out of the ad was simply an oversight.