Below is the most recent spend in the big spending world of super-PACs that are trying to influence Alaska’s U.S. Senate race. Below that is a partial list of independent groups registered to influence Alaska’s upcoming election.
So far, independent groups have reported to have spent more than $2.6 million on the federal race, and the oil industry and their allies have spent more than $8 million against the state-wide oil-tax repeal effort. (All that oil money doesn’t appear to be moving the needle so far, according to pollsters I’ve talked to. However, much of the money is for media that hasn’t been played yet.)
Most of the independent expenditure money is and will continue to go into television ads, which are charging as much as 10 times or more of what they charged in the 2012 election cycle. Remember, stations have to charge candidates the lowest fee they offer any commercial client for airtime, but federal law does not regulate how much stations can charge independent groups.
The cost of air time is rising by the week. American Crossroads’ pro-Sullivan for Senate ad featuring former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had a placement cost of $180,000 in late March. According to one source, that same ad buy three weeks later would have cost more than $300,000. You’ll likely not hear about this deluge of money to the television stations even as reporters diligently, and with a fair amount of concern, report on how much money is going into influencing elections.
Here is what’s been reported in the Senate race in the last few days:
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, against the strong wishes of Anchorage Chamber President Andrew Halcro, reported spending $162,500 on its latest commercial supporting Senate candidate Dan Sullivan and attacking U.S. Sen. Mark Begich.
- The American Hospital Association spent $183,815 on a pro-Begich ad, which hasn’t made much of a splash. I haven’t seen it or don’t know anybody who’s seen it.
- The pro-Begich Put Alaska First super-PAC spent a whopping $346,000 on May 2, which puts their total spend at more than $1.5 million so far.
Here’s a partial list of the groups that have either already spent money or are planning to spend money to impact the elections in Alaska.
- ABC Alaska PAC (anti-Begich)
- Alaska Conservation Voters (pro-Begich)
- Alaska Prosperity Project (unknown)
- Alaska Right to Life – Victory Project (unknown – support Miller)
- Alaska’s Energy – America’s Values (pro-Sullivan)
- American Chemistry Council (pro–Begich)
- American Crossroads (pro-Sullivan/anti-Begich)
- American Energy Alliance (anti-Begich) Americans for Prosperity (anti-Begich)
- Big Marijuana – Big Mistake (anti-marijuana)
- Bristol Bay Forever (pro- ballot measure #4)
- Bristol Bay Native Corporation (pro-ballot measure #4)
- Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Council (pro-ballot measure #4)
- Club for Growth (pro-Sullivan/anti-Begich)
- Crossroads GPS (pro-Sullivan/anti-Begich)
- Fairbanks Interior Workers (potential pro- Begich)
- Freedom Partners (anti-Begich)
- Freedom Frontiers (pro-Treadwell)
- It’s Our Oil, Duh (pro-ballot measure #1)
- Judicial Crisis Network (anti-Begich)
- Make Alaska Competitive Committee (anti-ballot measure #1)
- Mallott One-Alaska PAC (pro-Mallott)
- National Association of Realtors (pro-Begich)
- No On One (anti – ballot measure #1/ AOGA)
- Put Alaska First PAC (pro-Begich)
- Putting Alaska First Committee (AFL-CIO/pro-Begich)
- Tea Party Patriots (pro-Miller)
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce (pro-Sullivan/anti-Begich)
- Vote Vets Action Fund (pro-Ballot Measure #4)
- Walker for Alaska’s Future (pro-Walker)
- We Are Alaska (anti-ballot measure #1/ The Alliance)
- Yes On One (pro-ballot measure #1)
- National Democrats (DGA, DSCC, et al)
- National Republicans (RGA, RSCC, et al)
- Alaska Republican Victory Fund
- Alaska Democratic Victory Fund
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