A cautionary tale for federal primary contenders, courtesy of Politico: “Eric Cantor’s stunning primary defeat is leaving his campaign in a financial bind…Under federal law, Cantor would also have to repay any funds meant for the general election spent during his unsuccessful primary campaign battle against fellow Republican Dave Brat. Since he lost and has no general election in November, Cantor would be required to return those general-election contributions to the donors.”
In federal elections, donors are allowed to give up to $5200 to a candidate: $2600 for the primary and $2600 for the general. GOP candidate Dan Sullivan has quite a few $5200 donations, but his are said to be segregated. Just in case he doesn’t win, let’s hope Treadwell’s $5200 donations are likewise segregated. BTW: State candidates aren’t going to have this problem. Alaska law doesn’t have the primary-general donation distinction. Donors can only give candidates $500 per calendar year.
With the state primary election just a little over a month away, followed by the general election in November, one could spend nearly every weeknight at someone’s fundraiser. And frankly, they aren’t the most exciting events ever. Yet, on Monday evening about 40 people turned out to support Dan Coffey’s candidacy for mayor and his election isn’t until April 2015. Tina Pidgeon and Tim Fitzpatrick hosted the event in their South Anchorage home off De Armoun. Some of the attendees included: Mark and Jean Hellenthal, Greg Chapados, Mark Kroloff, uber race car driver Paul Landes, and Rich Sayers from the Anchorage golf course. The haul was said to be about $12,500.
At the same time, another fundraiser, with about the same number of people, was held across town, at the Tastee Freez on Raspberry. This one though had a handful of sign wavers outside. The event was for Democratic House candidates Matt Claman and Marty McGee; Senate candidate Clare Ross; and gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott. Inside, people slurped ice-cream, and Toni Mallott, Byron’s wife and his best surrogate, went from table to table talking and actually listened to the people there. Ross, who’s one of the hardest working candidates in the race, did the same. Are women simply better listeners?
Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Leslie Houston was rumored to be retiring from state service. Instead, she took a position with DHSS as the director of public assistance.
Jon Bittner is going to be the new Deputy Commissioner of Commerce starting mid-month. He currently works at the Anchorage Economic Developmenmt Corporation.
Heard on the street: Rep. Mia Costello is rumored to have raised more than $40,000 since session for her state Senate campaign.
This Thursday, July 10, there will be a memorial for journalist Bob Tkacz in Juneau. Several members of his family are in town. A group will gather in the Capitol at 3 p.m. and at 6 p.m. at St. Anne’s parish hall, with food, tributes, music, and dancing.
Since the filing deadline for candidates, three have withdrawn from the election and one candidate was deemed ineligible. Senate District C GOP candidate Mike Miller dropped his primary challenge against Sen. Click Bishop. Wasilla Democrat Mikse Willoya-Marx dropped out of the race against GOP incumbent Mike Dunleavy. In House races, Robert Benton has withdrawn from his House District 20 bid to challenge Anchorage Rep. Les Gara and the Division of Elections has ruled House District 22 GOP candidate David Nees ineligible.
Happy birthday to lobbyist Kim Hutchinson, whose big day is July 9.
Fiscal hawk Brad Keithley made his first campaign contribution of the season to Anchorage House candidate Cean Stevens, who’s running as a Libertarian against Democrat Rep. Garran Tarr in District 19, which encompasses Mountain View and Airport Heights. Stevens, a landscaper and a former model, has committed to vote “against any future spending in excess of sustainable levels and for the immediate transfer of the remaining $11 billion in the state’s savings accounts into the Permanent Fund where it will be protected by the state constitution from further government raid,” she said. She’s also vowed that if she won, she wouldn’t join a caucus which “limits my ability to make those crucial votes.” If she wins, which is a big if in that Democratic district, the male dominated House leadership is likely to take a dim view of those vows. Say nothing of the fact that Stevens has a chainsaw, and she knows how to use it to cut things down to size.
The conservative “enfant terrible” blogger Charles C. Johnson who is tearing it up in Mississippi and who has worked on GOP Senate candidate Mead Treadwell’s campaign– who in fact stayed at his house and who just months later wrote the most inflammatory piece of the campaign–doesn’t want to be called a blogger:
@Amanda_Coyne I am not a blogger; I am an award winning journalist
— Charles C. Johnson (@ChuckCJohnson) July 8, 2014
— Jim Nickens (@JimNickens) July 8, 2014
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