Lottery Policies within Alaska

This about how Alaska made revenue through their lottery policy by allowing Politians to use gambling for fund raising. .

The Lottery in Alaska allows a process where by politicians that are raising funds to influence the electorate to vote for them can solicit fund through having lottery type activites.  It probably would be more desirable if they used the lottery to provide housing for the poor that would influence real estate listings.

The form below can be instituted by a Politician in order to avoid reporting funds collected through a lottery.


NAME OF CANDIDATE OR GROUP:

  

1.

Date and Location
   

2.

Price of single ticket or campaign item sold:

3.

Total number of tickets or items sold

5.

Number of paying participants whose names were recorded

6.

Numbers of paying participants whose names were not recorded*

7.

Total Fundraiser Monetary Contributions (Income) for this reporting

Period received from those whose names were not recorded (This amount

should be included in the $100 or less totals on the Campaign Income

Page)

*Number of paying participants whose names were not recorded should be included in the number of contributors of $100 or less on the Campaign Income Page

Rev May 2006

EXEMPT FUND-RAISIER

exempt fund-raiser

(2 AAC.50.328)

Commission regulations permit certain qualified fund-raisers to be reported with a minimum of paperwork. The fund-raiser exemption permits candidates or treasurers to avoid recording the names of persons who paid $50 or less at a fund-raiser. To qualify as an exempt fund-raiser, the event must be structured in advance to meet the following requirements:

1.

For fund-raisers similar in nature to spaghetti feeds, dances or concerts:

·

25 or more paying participants, AND

·

the cash amount received from any person does not exceed $50.

2.

For fund-raisers similar in nature to raffles, lotteries, or drawings:

·

25 or more tickets sold, AND

·

the price of a ticket or amount received from any person purchasing chances does not exceed $50.

3.

For fund-raisers in which income is produced by the sale of campaign material like tee-shirts, hats, etc.

·

the price of a single item does not exceed $10, OR

·

the amount received from any one person purchasing items does not exceed $50.

4.

For fund-raisers similar in nature to garage sales and auctions;

·

the fair market value of an item donated for sale or auction does not exceed $50; OR

·

the amount received from any person purchasing items at the event does not exceed $50.

NOTE:

Persons who purchase items at garage sales and auctions are making monetary contributions to the campaign even though they are receiving goods in exchange. In addition, persons who contribute items to be sold or auctioned are making non-monetary contributions to the campaign. If your fund-raiser meets the requirements above, the campaign treasurer needs only record and report the gross proceeds, all expenses of the activity, and the total number of paying participants. If one person contributes in excess of $50 at a fund-raiser (e.g., by purchasing several tickets or by donating valuable artwork for auction), a record must be made of that particular contribution, purchase, or donation. The campaign must record the person's name and the date and the amount of the contribution. If the person's aggregate contributions exceed the $50 threshold, his or her name must be reported on the Campaign Income page. The fund-raiser exemption provides some relief to a treasurer from recording the name of each contributor at a large, low-priced event. However, special care must be taken by treasurers, deputy treasurers, and other "authorized" persons to ensure that paying participants who have already contributed the maximum amount to the campaign are not allowed to contribute an additional unrecorded contribution at an exempt fund-raiser, thereby exceeding the contribution limit. The candidate or group and contributor are subject to civil penalties when the contribution limit is exceeded. Should a campaign find that a contributor has given in excess of the maximum contribution limit as a result of attending an exempt fund-raiser, the excess contribution must be refunded to the contributor immediately.”

I can imagine the amount of improprieties that can possible occur when you allow a politician to be directly involve in conducting a lottery for their own fund raising