Gov. Sean Parnell didn’t report as much money as at least one of his challengers in the governor’s race, but he spent less during the period than his other two opponents. All told, Parnell raised $285,000 during the latest reporting period, which runs from February 2 until July 18, which is 30 days before the primary. That number included $100,000 that was given to Parnell from the state Republican Party. However, given that Parnell is the incumbent, his numbers looks less impressive when compared to the other two candidates in the race, Democrat Byron Mallott and independent Bill Walker. But compared to them he was relatively frugal. Parnell’s campaign only spent $170,000 during that period and still has $450,000 cash on hand going into the general election.
Mallott reported receipts of $297,000 during this reporting period. However, $48,000 of that was his own money. The Alaska Democratic Party gave him $59,000, He spent $277,000 in the same period. After debts, Mallott only has about $55,000 cash on hand. As was true with his last report, he’s spending a good chunk of money on campaign staff and consultants. His biggest single expense was for $48,700 he paid to the Mellman Group, a D.C. based polling firm.
Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker reported raising a hefty $259,000 but he spent about $268,000, and $170,000 of his total was his own money. Most of Walker’s money was spent on advertising.
Democrat lieutenant governor candidate Hollis French raised more than $62,000 and has about $67,000 cash on hand, not including a $5,000 debt to the Alaska Democratic Party. The other Democrat in the race, Bob Williams, raised about $30,000, leaving him with about $13,000 cash on hand.
Alaska state Sen. Lesil McGuire, who dropped out of the lieutenant governor’s race in June., only reported $1,350 in donations from 9 donors, all of whom gave in April and May. State legislators aren’t able to fundraise during the legislative session. McGuire appeared to spend about $70,000 for PR and for media buys with Optima Public Relations, which is owned by her former husband Tom Anderson.
As of 11 p.m., aka the blogger’s bedtime, lieutenant governor candidate Dan Sullivan’s reports weren’t available online.
One more report of note for tonight: Rich Mauer at the ADN crunched the numbers on the ballot initiative to repeal oil taxes. He found that four organizations who oppose repeal, have raised more than $13.5 million combined and spent $12.2 million. Meantime, the pro-repealers have only raised $115,500 and spent almost $109,000. All of this money and last I heard, the polls show only a razor thin margin either way.
I’ll have more on some of the state House and Senate races tomorrow.
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