Federal lawmakers recently reported their quarterly financial statements to the Federal Elections Commission.
Despite not being up for reelection this cycle, the political action committees aligned with Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski continue to raise and spend money.
Senator Begich’s Great Land PAC has spent more than $90,000 on other campaigns for the U.S. Senate. The PAC has spent money around the country on candidates all over the Democratic Party. It boosted the campaign of Montana Senator Jon Tester with $10,000. Tester is a moderate facing a conservative challenger. The PAC also gave $5,000 to liberal Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin. If she wins, she’ll be the first open lesbian elected to the U.S. Senate.
Senator Murkowski’s Denali Leadership PAC has been spending on moderate candidates like Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts. But she’s also donating across the spectrum.
Like Senator Begich’s PAC, Her political action committee is pumping $10,000 into the Montana Senate race. She’s supporting the challenger, U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg.
- Kenneth Manzanares, 39, is charged by a federal grand jury with one count of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Kristy Manzanares, also 39, aboard the Emerald Princess cruise ship in Southeast Alaska.
- The federal government is moving forward with its review of Hilcorp's proposal to drill offshore for oil in the Arctic.
- A series of promising oil discoveries and a recent move by the Trump administration mean the vast, remote National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska is about to get a lot more controversial.
- Details are emerging slowly on the fire at the Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller. The 100-year-old plant caught fire late Tuesday night, and the blaze continued to burn Wednesday. The full scope of the damage is still unclear, but witnesses say it is extensive.