Here are the most recent fundraising numbers from state House and Senate races that I’ve been keeping an eye on. (Some, I’ll admit, a closer eye than others.) They include the mandatory 7 day reports (due seven days before the election) and daily reports thereon out until Election Day. It’s important to note that these numbers don’t include the hundreds of thousands of dollars that are being spent by Independent Expenditure groups on both sides.
Anchorage House District 15
- Democratic challenger Laurie Hummel: $103,596
- Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux: $147,743
This one is going to be close, and is getting nasty. Hummel has characterized the National Guard scandal as partly the fault of LeDoux, who sat on the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, which is totally unfair. In fact, it’s so unfair that it might warrant a response, considering that Hummel’s husband, Chad Parker, is a colonel in the National Guard, and as such, might have had some knowledge of the issues himself, which he seems to have kept to himself.
Anchorage House District 21
- Republican candidate Anand Dubey: $39,614
- Democratic candidate Matt Claman: $109,670
The lopsidedness of the money in this race doesn’t mean as much as you might think. First, Dubey is a hard worker and is used to being outspent, as was the case with the challenger in the primary race. Secondly, he has a very committed following of Tea Party activists, and a few lefties, who seem to like the novelty of supporting Dubey, and who have huge antipathy towards Claman. Part of this is because as mayor, he stood up to the unions. More recently, he declined to get all involved in the “repeal 21” effort, which turned into a Democratic litmus test. What does he get for being a Democrat who at least gives a nod to business now and then? He gets business interests coming at him! The Accountability Project, which should be renamed, “Fund Any Republican Project,” is helping Dubey by sending mailers out about how Claman accepted stimulus money when he was mayor, as opposed to all those mayors across the state who turned it down. BTW: The State Chamber of Commerce is helping to fund this effort against Claman. The lesson: If you’re a mayor who negotiated hard with unions and happened to accept free federal money to help small businesses in your community, beware of the supposed small-business boosting Chamber.
Ketchikan House District 36
- Republican Chere Klein: $43,875
- Independent Don Ortiz: $48,367
This seems like a really interesting race, if nothing else because Ortiz is an Independent who’s doing well and said to be being helped, at least in concept, by the Unity Ticket. However, all I know about this race is this, from Alaska Panhandle News, which everyone should follow:
— alaskapanhandlenews (@akpanhandlenews) October 30, 2014
Fairbanks House District 5
- Democratic challenger Adam Wool: $41,329
- Republican Rep. Pete Higgins: $41,352
This one is obviously close. Remember, Wool didn’t enter the race until after the primary. From there, it was off to the races. He’s working hard, and Higgins is said to be in trouble.
Anchorage House District 27
- Democratic challenger Matt Moore: $62,827
- Republican Rep. Lance Pruitt: $71,347
Although the money they raised is about equal, House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt is getting hit hard here by seemingly every Independent Expenditure group out there. Too, Moore is airing military-esque radio ads. However, all the talk about service and honor probably won’t do much to boost his chances. This is a Republican district and Pruitt has good name recognition.
Anchorage House District 22
- Democratic candidate Marty McGee: $72,792
- Republican candidate Liz Vazquez: $26,262
Given how Republican-leaning this district is, this is Vazquez’s to lose. However, one of her problems, even when she ran in 2012, was that she had a hard time raising money. Her opponent, McGee is working hard. The question: Is McGee is using his money efficiently? A Democratic voter in the district reports that she hasn’t really heard from him, and has only receive one piece of mail from his campaign.
Anchorage Senate District K
- Democrat Clare Ross: $136,262
- Republican Rep. Mia Costello: $154,529
This one is a nail-biter, for sure. Ross has turned out to be a surprisingly good candidate: hard working, earnest, and knows how to raise funds. Costello, though, recently picked up the ball and is running with it. And because she’s a former state representative and was born and raised in the district, she has the name recognition.
Anchorage Senate District N
- Democratic challenger Harry Crawford: $127,790
- Republican Sen. Cathy Giessel: $164,433
A total of $292,223 has been raised by the candidates so far, making it the most expensive Senate race this cycle. Crawford, and his relaxed, Southern style is in direct opposition to Giessel’s stridency. However, that stridency does very well for her on T.V. and radio, where she looks lovely and always sounds like she knows exactly what’s going on. And, too, she’s a walking machine. Crawford, however, has the unions behind him and they’re said to be working hard for him.
As I said, I haven’t kept track of all the races. Feel free to look up the reports yourself at APOC here, and get back to me if you find something interesting.
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