Here’s the first ad paid for by an Independent Expenditure (IE) group in support of “Unity” ticket candidates Bill Walker and Byron Mallott. An IE in the state basically acts like a federal super-PAC in that it can accept unlimited funds and can’t coordinate with a candidate. The disclosure rules however, like listing the top three contributors, are distinct to Alaska. This knockout ad, which begins to run statewide on Thursday, comes courtesy of Alaskans for Walker-Mallott. The chair is Alaska AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami, and Joelle Hall, AFL-CIO director of operations, is the treasurer of the group. The Alaska AFL-CIO was instrumental in the unprecedented pairing of Walker, a Republican running as an Independent, with Mallott, a Democrat, who was on the top of the ticket and who is now running with Walker as his lieutenant governor. Jim Lottsfeldt, who is running the pro-Mark Begich super-PAC Put Alaska First, said he produced the ad. This project is separate from the Begich super-PAC he said. Local film crew SprocketHeads filmed the spot.