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september 2018 by stealingsand
Murkowski mines energy industry for major campaign funds | Alaska Dispatch News
The Murkowski 2016 campaign website just went live, as did her first campaign ad on the radio. Challenger Margaret Stock, an Anchorage immigration attorney running as an independent, only announced her candidacy in February.  

But Murkowski, 58, told supporters in November that things would be different this time around. 

For one thing, this time she is chairman of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and holds a key spot as chair of an Appropriations subcommittee. That means big-time spending money for her campaign. 

“Typically a committee chairman is going to be able to raise more money,” said Richard Skinner, a policy analyst specializing in campaign funds at the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helps track money in politics. 


“When you combine being chairman of (the) Energy and Natural Resources (Committee) and representing a very energy-dependent state, you would think a very high percentage of her contributions would come from the energy industry,” Skinner said. And given Murkowski’s position in the Senate, “I think probably a lot of lobbyists for the oil and gas industry would feel that they need to have her on their side,” Skinner said. 

In 2010, Murkowski was part of the GOP leadership team, and ranking member on the energy committee, but Democrats held the reigns in Congress, and she was clearly caught off guard in the primary. 

When she lost her primary to Miller, Murkowski was stripped of her leadership role as the No. 5 Republican in the Senate, but retained her committee spot -- a deal negotiated behind closed doors at the U.S. Capitol that showed some still had hopes for her long-shot write-in campaign. Nevertheless, she lost major financial support during her campaign, as the Republican Party sank its support into Miller’s candidacy. 
sunlightmention  clips  alaska  lisamurkowski  sunlightquoted  richardskinner  2016  senate 
march 2016 by sunlightfoundation
GOP will broadly oppose gay marriage for foreseeable future
This morning, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski became the latest Republican to endorse same-sex marriage. Murkowski’s shift aligns with that of the country as a whole. But it does not align with that of the GOP as a whole. Murkowski is only the third Republican senator to take this stance, along with Rob Portman of Ohio and Mark Kirk of Illinois.
Murkowski announced her shift during a radio interview with the Anchorage affiliate of NBC News. She said she changed her views after meeting a same-sex couple and their adopted children, and acknowledged that this places her at odds with many Republicans. “There may be some that embrace the decision that I have made,” she said. ”I recognize that it is an area that, as a Republican, I will be criticized for.”
In a statement released a little later, she further explained her shift, rooting it in the libertarianism that has become popular among some elements of the GOP. “If there is one belief that unifies most Alaskans — our true north — it is less government and more freedom. We don’t want the government in our pockets or our bedrooms; we certainly don’t need it in our families.”
The Human Rights Campaign — a pro-gay rights group — released a statement hailing Murkowski’s evolution on the issue. “Senator Murkowski’s courageous and principled announcement today sends a clear message that marriage equality must come to all 50 states in this country,” said HRC president Chad Griffin.
In a way, Murkowski’s shift is indicative of the country as a whole. Ten years ago, she was a staunch opponent of marriage equality, supporting a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on top of her support for the Defense of Marriage Act. But between now and then, same-sex marriage has entered the mainstream of American politics. Whereas a solid majority of Americans opposed marriage equality in the middle of last decade, the combination of greater exposure to LGBT people and potent pro-equality activism has created a solid majority in favor of same-sex marriage.
With all of that said, does Murkowski’s shift bode anything for the Republican Party writ large? Probably not. As the Post’s Michael Gerson correctly noted in a column yesterday, social conservatives are a large and important element of the GOP coalition. A handful of Republican lawmakers can safely endorse same-sex marriage. But there’s no space — at all — for a broad shift. Republicans need fierce support from social conservatives, and in the short term, that means broad opposition to marriage equality.
republicans  LisaMurkowski  senate  politics  lgbqt  samesexmarriage 
june 2013 by jtyost2
Murkowski Says Palin is Too Detached to Run
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) told The Hill not to expect a Senate bid from Sarah Palin because she's not really connected to Alaska anymore.

Said Murkowski: "I think there are a lot of outside interests that would like to see Sarah Palin in some form of elected office. Most in Alaska recognize our former governor is really not involved in or engaged in the state anymore, that she's moved to other interests. In order for you to represent the state of Alaska, you've got to be in the state."
sarahpalin  politics  republicans  LisaMurkowski 
may 2013 by jtyost2
Pepsicocareers: Making Money Secrets
pepsicocareers has a blog post on independent expenditures and outside spending in the 2010 elections that cites data form the Sunlight Foundation.

As a Super PAC, officially known as an independent expenditure-only committee, Alaskans Standing Together can raise unlimited amounts of money from individuals and corporations for political advertisements and other expenses — so long as it doesnt contribute that cash directly to any politician. And Alaskans Standing Togethers contributions have come exclusively from corporations — Alaska Native corporations, as the Sunlight Foundation recently reported.
alaska  blog  sunlightfoundation  lisamurkowski  superpacs  campaignfinance  independentexpenditures 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Anchorage Daily News - Alaska Politics Blog: Native corporations to canvass villages for Murkowski
The Anchorage Daily News has a post about outside spending in the Alaska Senate race that cites data from the Sunlight Foundation:

A tally of outside, or third-party, spending on the Alaska Senate race shows about $1.34 million worth of independent expenditures in support of Murkowski and $1.55 million on behalf of Miller, according to the Sunlight Foundation.

The biggest chunk of spending for Miller ($609,000) came from the Tea Party Express, which helped the Republican defeat Murkowski with relentless commercials in the August primary.
alaska  lisamurkowski  campaignfinance  independentexpenditures  msmblog 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Open Secrets Blog: In Alaska, Special Interest Spending Could Affect Republican Lisa Murkowski's Political Fate
Open Secrets has a blog post about spending in the Alaskan Senate race that cites data from the Sunlight Foundation about independent expenditures:

In Murkowski’s corner, a new “super PAC” called Alaskans Standing Together has spent $1.26 million on independent expenditures aiding Murkowski.

As a “Super PAC,” officially known as an independent expenditure-only committee, Alaskans Standing Together can raise unlimited amounts of money from individuals and corporations for political advertisements and other expenses -- so long as it doesn’t contribute that cash directly to any politician. And Alaskans Standing Together’s contributions have come exclusively from corporations -- Alaska Native corporations, as the Sunlight Foundation recently reported.

Another new group, American Action Network, has also spent money on Murkowski’s behalf.
opensecrets  blog  sunlightfoundation  superpacs  lisamurkowski 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Mother Jones: Lisa Murkowski's Dirty Energy Supporters
Mother Jones has a post about donations to Senator Murkowski's election campaign that cites data from the Sunlight Foundation:

Incumbent Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is not on the ballot in Alaska this November, but she's still favored to win, with the most recent polls showing her in a dead heat with Joe Miller, the tea party candidate that unexpectedly defeated her in the primary. She's also crushing Miller and her Democratic opponent Scott McAdams in fundraising—but as her campaign disclosures show, it's not Alaskans that are dumping money into her write-in campaign. The vast majority of her funds have come from out-of-state oil, gas, and coal interests.
motherjones  msmblog  lisamurkowski  energy  superpacs  independentexpenditures 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation
KTUU: Rising tide of Outside cash fuels political ads
KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska has a segment about the outside spending in local races that cites data compiled by the Sunlight Foundation:

According to the Sunlight Foundation, which tracks election spending, more than $2.6 million in independent funds have poured into Alaska's U.S. Senate race -- and the money keeps coming.

“We look at these candidates as investments not only for the Club for Growth and our members, but we look at these things as investments for the country and the future prosperity of America,” said Michael Connoly with the Club for Growth, which is bankrolling a series of TV spots supporting Joe Miller.

The Sunlight Foundation says $1.5 million has been spent in support of Miller by groups like the Tea Party, the Safari Club and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Just over $1 million has been spent to back Sen. Lisa Murkowski, mostly by the coalition of Alaska Native corporations called Alaskans Standing Together.
alaska  tvnews  sunlightfoundation  superpacs  lisamurkowski  msm 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation
MSNBC: Rising tide of Outside cash fuels political ads
KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska has a segment about the outside spending in local races that cites data compiled by the Sunlight Foundation:

According to the Sunlight Foundation, which tracks election spending, more than $2.6 million in independent funds have poured into Alaska's U.S. Senate race -- and the money keeps coming.

“We look at these candidates as investments not only for the Club for Growth and our members, but we look at these things as investments for the country and the future prosperity of America,” said Michael Connoly with the Club for Growth, which is bankrolling a series of TV spots supporting Joe Miller.

The Sunlight Foundation says $1.5 million has been spent in support of Miller by groups like the Tea Party, the Safari Club and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Just over $1 million has been spent to back Sen. Lisa Murkowski, mostly by the coalition of Alaska Native corporations called Alaskans Standing Together.
msnbc  msm  sunlightfoundation  superpacs  independentexpenditures  lisamurkowski  alaska 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation
KTUU: Miller files FEC complaint against Murkowski backers
KTUU in Alaska has a report that cites data from the Sunlight Foundation about the Joe Miller campaign complaining to the FEC about the $1 million spent by a Super PAC on the Senator Murkowski campaign:

Joe Miller filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission Wednesday, accusing the Native corporations behind the group Alaskans Standing Together of illegally spending more than $1 million in support of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s campaign.

The Sunlight Foundation reporting group confirms the $1 million spending tally -- and the Miller campaign says it’s all illegal kickbacks.
alaska  sunlightfoundation  sunlightreporting  msm  joemiller  lisamurkowski  independentexpenditures 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation
MSNBC: Miller files FEC complaint against Murkowski backers
KTUU in Alaska has a report that cites data from the Sunlight Foundation about the Joe Miller campaign complaining to the FEC about the $1 million spent by a Super PAC on the Senator Murkowski campaign:

Joe Miller filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission Wednesday, accusing the Native corporations behind the group Alaskans Standing Together of illegally spending more than $1 million in support of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s campaign.

The Sunlight Foundation reporting group confirms the $1 million spending tally -- and the Miller campaign says it’s all illegal kickbacks.
msnbc  sunlightfoundation  alaska  lisamurkowski  independentexpenditures  msm 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation
The Taunton Gazette: OUR VIEW: The anonymous campaign donors and what they want
The Taunton Gazette has an editorial about anonymous campaign spending that cites the Sunlight Foundation's Reporting Group:

• Another new group, “Alaskans Standing Together,” is a “Super PAC” that raises money for independent expenditures exclusively from corporations, as allowed by Citizens United. The Sunlight Foundation’s reporting group reports that AST has raised more than $800,000, and spent $595,000, to support the write-in campaign of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Republican who lost a primary bid to a tea party-endorsed candidate. All of AST’s contributions come from nine companies — all of them federal contractors who hope to win millions of taxpayer dollars through Murkowski’s influence.
msm  editorial  massachusetts  sunlightfoundation  sunlightreporting  independentexpenditures  superpacs  lisamurkowski 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation
The Herald News: OUR VIEW: United in anonimity
The Herald News, have an editorial about anonymous campaign spending that cites the Sunlight Foundation's Reporting Group:

• Another new group, “Alaskans Standing Together,” is a “Super PAC” that raises money for independent expenditures exclusively from corporations, as allowed by Citizens United. The Sunlight Foundation’s reporting group reports that AST has raised more than $800,000, and spent $595,000, to support the write-in campaign of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Republican who lost a primary bid to a tea party-endorsed candidate. All of AST’s contributions come from nine companies — all of them federal contractors who hope to win millions of taxpayer dollars through Murkowski’s influence.
sunlightfoundation  msm  editorial  citizensunited  superpacs  sunlightreporting  lisamurkowski 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Anchorage Daily News - Alaska Politics Blog : Alaskans Standing Together: Murkowski's name on their form was a mistake
The Anchorage Daily News has a post on their Alaska Politics blog that quotes some recent reporting by the Sunlight Foundation:

Groups making independent expenditures are prohibited by law from coordinating with the candidates they're backing. So as the Sunlight Foundation pointed out yesterday, it was something of a surprise to see Murkowski's name on the bottom of a Federal Election Commission form that requires Alaskans Standing Together to "avow that it's not working with any candidate or party committee--that it's truly independent."

The Sunlight Foundation, an excellent resource for tracking money in politics and independent expenditures this cycle, asked this question: "How could Murkowski certify their independence without cooperating or consulting, at the very least, with Alaskans Standing Together?"
alaska  sunlightfoundation  lisamurkowski  superpacs  campaignfinance  independentexpenditures  msmblog 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Washington Examiner: Lisa Murkowski swears she's not illegally coordinating with Lisa Murkowski's campaign
The Washington Examiner has an article about campaign finance filings with the Super Pac 'Alaskans Standing Together' that quotes the Sunlight Foundation's editorial director Bill Allison:

Lisa Murkowski's lobbyist friends have launched a "Super PAC," called "Alaskans Standing Together," funded by 6-figure checks from Alaska Native Corporations, which are subsidized by the likes of Lisa Murkowski. I cover this racket in my column today, but the Sunlight Foundation yesterday noticed something odd about AST's campaign finance filings.

In brief, AST -- which can take unlimited corporate contributions for the sake of independent expenditures -- is required by law to swear it's not coordinating with any candidate. According to AST's filings, Lisa Murkowski is the AST official swearing AST isn't coordinating with any committee.
washingtonexaminer  msmblog  lisamurkowski  superpacs  billallison  sunlightfoundation  campaignfinance 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation

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