Kodiak Daily Mirror - Sen Gary Stevens gets fundraising boost before state primary
Sen. Gary Stevens gets fundraising boost before state primary
by Nicole Klauss
Aug 23, 2012 | 81 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Though he faces no challenger in Tuesday’s state primary, Sen. Gary Stevens has spent the last few weeks raising campaign donations.

Stevens raised more than $9,000 between the July 28 to Aug. 18 reporting period.

All candidates running for Alaska Legislature were required to submit updated campaign disclosure reports by Tuesday to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

The reports document campaign incoming contributions and expenditures.

Stevens started off the reporting period with $15,801 on hand. His campaign income was $9,545 and expenditures were $4,615. His remaining cash on hand is $20,732.

Stevens raised most of the money from a fundraiser in Anchorage with Rep. Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham.

“It was a good fundraiser,” Stevens said. “It was convenient because Native leaders were there for a meeting. The Bristol Bay Native Corporation was all there.”

According to the expenditures report, Stevens spent over $2,000 on advertising during the reported period.

Stevens advertised with newspapers in his senate district, including the Cordova Times, Delta Discovery in Dillingham and the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Stevens also advertised on radio, spending money with Kodiak Island Broadcasting, KLAM Bayview Communications Inc. in Cordova, and KRUP McCormick Broadcasting in Dillingham. Between the newspapers and radio advertising he spent $2,441. He also spent $600 on yard advertisement signs.

Stevens’ general election challenger, Democrat Robert Henrichs of Cordova, had not submitted any campaign disclosure reports for the year as of Wednesday afternoon. Henrichs could not be reached for comment about his campaign or funds.

Rep. Alan Austerman, who is running unopposed, didn’t have much to report. He received a $250 donation from a supporter during the three-week reporting period, despite not actively soliciting funds.

Austerman started the reporting period with $7,175. His income was $250 and expenditures were $1,916. His remaining cash on hand is $5,509.

Political groups across the state have been busy raising money for the Aug. 28 primary election.

Vote No on 2, the group opposing the ballot measure that would re-establish a coastal management program in Alaska, raised more than $683,800 in the three-week period, largely from donations by oil companies. In total, the group has raised about $1.5 million.

The group supporting Ballot Measure 2, the Alaska Sea Party, has raised more than $204,700 with about $54,600 raised during the three-week reporting period.

Voters will decide the fate of Ballot Measure 2 at the primary elections on Aug. 28. Early voting is available through election day at the borough clerk’s office.
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