The scale of this campaign’s finances is more typical of a competitive statehouse race than for Juneau Assembly. The candidate has the support of former Gov. Bill Walker.
Campaign finances for ballot measure groups must be disclosed after the signature-gathering stage, but the requirement is inconsistent during signature gathering.
The Alaska Public Offices Commission will decide what, if any, penalty Pruitt will have to pay. The maximum fine for the violations $1,022,250.
Ads opposing Measure 2 identified John Sturgeon, Mark Begich and Sean Parnell as two of the ‘No on 2’ campaign’s top contributors. But once the ads aired, the Alaska Republican Party and other groups had contributed more than 100 times as much.
Gross’s campaign has more than $5 million in funds, according to the most recent federal filings. Both of his opponents have raised no money.
The ballot measure, organized by the group Alaskans for Better Elections, needed to gather 28,368 signatures to qualify for the 2020 ballot.
The attorney general’s office plans to file an appeal of Lamoureux’s ruling on the initiative soon, according to a Department of Law spokesperson.
Jeff Clements says 19 states and 800 American cities have already adopted resolutions supporting the amendment. Alaska isn’t one of them.
“One comment that was made at one gathering — I’m not going to let that be a determinant as to how I classify an individual,” Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said of Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Alaska Senate President Kevin Meyer is going after PACs controlled by individual lawmakers and candidates in what he says is an effort to improve public trust. Others see it as partisan politics.