Former Wasilla Sen. Mike Dunleavy’s campaign for the Republican nomination for governor got a boost this week with the formation of Dunleavy for Alaska, an independent expenditure group backing the candidate.
Dunleavy for Alaska is chaired by Terre Gales, an Air Force veteran who was a 2012 Republican primary challenger to U.S. Rep. Don Young and 2016 candidate for the Anchorage assembly. The group’s treasurer is Bob Griffin, an Alaska Policy Forum education research fellow. The two were behind the failed attempt to institute a spending cap on Anchorage.
In an interview with the Alaska Landmine, Gales said, “I’m excited to to be working with so many Alaskans who are supportive of such a great candidate. We will now begin fundraising and building out a campaign team. Dunleavy has a lot of support and we are optimistic we will raise the funds needed to run an effective campaign.”
Why it matters
The formation of the campaign allows a lot more money into the race.
Individual candidates are limited to raising a maximum of $500 from an individual contributor every year (which is likely why Dunleavy restarted his campaign right before the start of 2018), while independent expenditure groups have no limit on how much they can raise from individuals and businesses. The only hitch is the group cannot in any way coordinate its campaigning directly with Dunleavy or anyone in his campaign.