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.
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- The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is in full swing. In less than a week, the fleet has caught over half of its quota. And while most crew members work on the water, spotter pilots fish for herring from the sky.
- A lot of eyes were on the U.S. House today, but, as Republican factions shuttled to the White House to negotiate, it was a day of waiting for most.
- Gov. Walker’s legislation creates a new definition for independent contractors that would determine whether employers have to pay to insure against on-the-job injuries.