Kodiak Daily Mirror - Don Young has big lead in fundraising against election opponents
Don Young has big lead in fundraising against election opponents
by Becky Bohrer
Jul 17, 2012 | 3 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JUNEAU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young holds a massive cash advantage over his rivals heading into next month's primary.

According to the Federal Election Commission, neither of Young's two little-known challengers in the GOP primary — John Cox or Terre Gales — had reported any financial activity, though Cox estimated he had raised about $17,000 total so far and said he had submitted a fundraising report.

Personal loans have helped to support the Democratic candidate with apparently the most cash on hand as of June 30, Matt Moore.

Sunday was the deadline for reporting fundraising between April 1 and June 30, but FEC says there can be a lag in information getting posted online, particularly if a written report was submitted.

Moore, who announced his candidacy in May, reported raising $2,685 during the second quarter. Moore, who has a medical consulting business, also loaned his campaign more than $18,500. He ended the reporting period with about $9,240 on hand. He also reported about $1,026 in debts and obligations, other than the loans, for unemployment and payroll taxes.

Frank Vondersaar, the only other Democratic candidate to have second quarter fundraising posted by FEC as of Monday morning, stated he had $185 on hand as of June 30.

By comparison, Young had more than $576,000 on hand. Young reported raising more than $118,600 during the most recent quarter.

Moore said Monday that between work and the campaign, he hasn't been able to do as much fundraising as he'd like. He acknowledged Young's cash total is "a mountain that we have to climb."

If he wins the Democratic primary, which he believes he will, he plans to step away from work to focus on the race.

The other Democratic candidates are state Rep. Sharon Cissna, Debra Chesnut and Doug Urquidi. Libertarian Jim McDermott also is running. There were no second quarter reports listed for them on the FEC website Monday.

Moore said he got into the race both to give Alaskans a choice other than Young "steamrolling" his way back to Washington and because of concerns about Alaska's future. He said the state needs fresh perspective and new ideas in Washington.

Cox, who won about 6 percent of the vote in the GOP U.S. House primary in 2010, said he's been talking to many people and posting signs. He said the race isn't going to be about how much someone has raised but "about the voice of the people."

Cox said people are "tired, fed up and want change." He said he's running because of the financial state of the federal government and the need for the U.S. to get its fiscal house in order.

A Young spokesman said the congressman "is pleased with his fundraising totals thus far and looks forward to a spirited campaign in the coming months."
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