Mark Begich’s Contributors   5 comments

Alaska’s Senate race is big news. Until Ted Stevens was convicted on federal ethics charges two weeks before the 2008 Senate election, Mark Begich had little chance of winning and he remains highly unpopular here in Alaska, although that hasn’t stopped Lisa Murkowski from hanging onto her Senate seat, so I wouldn’t count on him losing.

Which is one reason I’m dabbling in partisan politics. I’m voting in the Republican primary because it will take a strong candidate to beat Begich and he needs to be removed from office because he does not have Alaska’s interests at heart.

How do I know that … Most of his contributors are not Alaskans, for one thing.

As of January 30, 2014 Mark Begich’s contributions were as follows

 

Raised $5.6 million

Spent $2.9 million

Cash on hand: $2.8 million

Debts: Zero

Lawyers and law firms are his largest contributors.

Oil and gas concerns are next.

Lobbyists are third.

Large Individual and PAC contributions account for 93% of his fund raising.

Four out of every $5 comes from somewhere other than Alaska.

 

Is it any wonder that he voted for ObamaCare. Lawyers and law firms were given a gift of litigation in ObamaCare. Lobbyists made millions. Some of his votes on environmental issues may not look like they’re supportive of the oil and gas industry, but when you consider that they’re driving out or keeping out the littler, more competitive companies and protecting the giants … it makes sense. Alaska would be much better served by the smaller companies who would have to work with the State to bring the oil to market. Instead, Alaska is on our knees before BP and Conoco Phillips because they can pretty much dictate their terms and we can’t argue against them.

Our Senator puts us in that position. The solution is to vote against any candidate that is receiving money from outside interests.

Posted February 23, 2014 by aurorawatcherak in Alaska

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5 responses to “Mark Begich’s Contributors

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  1. No matter the odds or how much money he has access to….one can always pray!

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    • I do pray and I’m heartened by the polls showing he is statistically even with Mead Treadwell, who has, so far, drawn 80% of his donations from within Alaska. I wish there were a third-party candidate who had a chance, but it doesn’t look good at this point.

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  2. He not only voted for obummercare, he is proud of it. I emailed him and he responded, telling me it was one of his proudest achievements, of course, Lisa told me that, too. I used to email them regularly, haven’t bothered since then.

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    • I still email them, even though I know what they’re going to answer. In Lisa’s case, it won’t do any good to tell people that she’s an actress, just pretending to support Alaska. That ship sailed in 2010, unfortunately. In Mark’s case, we have this one and only shot to get him out of office. I’m willing to break my promise to myself to vote only third-party this time around in order to get him out of office — though if the GOP nominates Dan Sullivan instead of Mead Treadwell or Joe Miller, I’ll probably vote third-party in the general. I see no substantive difference between Sullivan and Lisa, so why bother, might as well have Begich.

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