Anchorage Attorneys Matt Singer and Lee Baxter, representing the trade associations for all the major industry groups in Alaska, filed a lawsuit against state election officials and a ballot group trying to raise oil taxes, claiming many of the signatures gathered by the group are invalid and should be tossed out. Mr. Singer and Mr. Baxter claim that the proponents of a new oil tax ballot initiative committed fraud in the signature gathering process by evading statutory restrictions on how much signature gatherers may be paid. The fraud arises from false certifications by the signature gatherers that they were not paid in excess of $1 per signature, when strong evidence shows otherwise.
“What we know from [Advanced Micro Targeting] AMT employment offers, their intention was to violate the statute,” Mr. Singer said. “We’ll conduct discovery to determine the extent of the illegality.”
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