Democratic Governors Association enters governor’s race with $500,000 in TV ads against Dunleavy

Dunleavy peeks over the lectern at Gov. Bill Walker and Democrat Mark Begich during a debate on Oct. 18, 2018. (Photo by Matt Buxton/TMS)

The Democratic Governors Association dropped a half-million dollars into the race for Alaska’s governor on Monday, according to financial reports filed with the state today.

The money goes to buying up ad time on KTVA and KTUU, according to filings with the Federal Communications Commission, for an ad attacking Republican Mike Dunleavy’s record on crime set to run through election day. The 30-second ad, which was announced by the group on Monday, makes no mention of Democratic candidate Mark Begich.

The money comes from the Democratic Governor Association’s PAC Democratic Action, which made the contribution to the Alaska-based proxy group Defeat Dunleavy.

The spend brings the overall independent expenditure spend opposing Dunleavy to $1.4 million. The Democratic Governors Association is the largest single expenditure against Dunleavy (and the largest single expenditure in the governor’s race for that matter). Other big ticket opponents to Dunleavy include Unite Alaska (now Alaskans Opposing Dunleavy), union-backed Working Families of Alaska, NEA-Alaska’s PAC and Educators Against Dunleavy.

Dunleavy’s still coming out well ahead when it comes to independent expenditure spending. There’s been more than $2.4 million in independent expenditures supporting his campaign largely from the Republican Governors Association’s proxy group Families for Alaska’s Future (which counts more than $2.8 million in contributions to its name) and Dunleavy for Alaska, which counts among its top contributors Dunleavy’s wealth financier brother Francis Dunleavy.

Independent expenditure spending for Begich lags far behind and has mostly been spent against the Democrat. He has a grand total of $1.58 million spent either supporting his candidacy ($506,000) or opposing it ($1.07 million). Families for Alaska’s Future is the main source of opposition spending while his top supporters include Begich for Alaska and the Alaska Center.

CandidateTotal spendSupportsOpposesSupportersOpponents
2018 - Michael J. Dunleavy$3,878,624.90$2,462,367.88$1,416,257.022018 - Dunleavy for Alaska, 2018 - Associated Builders and Contractors of Alaska, 2018 - Alaska Free Market Coalition, 2018 - Families for Alaska's Future- Dunleavy, NRA Political Victory Fund2018 - Alaskans Against Dunleavy, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, 2018 - NEA-Alaska PACE (Political Action Committee for Education), 2018 - Educators Against Dunleavy , 2018 - Unite Alaska for Walker, 2018 - Putting Alaskans First Committee, 2018 - Alaskans Opposing Dunleavy, 2018 - Defeat Dunleavy, 2018 - Working Families of Alaska
2018 - Mark Begich$1,580,223.69$506,114.81$1,074,108.882018 - Begich for Alaska, Alaskans Together for Equality, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, Native Peoples Action, Inc., The Alaska Center, 2018 - Putting Alaskans First Committee2018 - Families for Alaska's Future- Dunleavy , 2018 - Alaska Free Market Coalition, 2018 - Alaska Republican Party

Independent expenditure money in support of Dunleavy began rolling in January and hasn’t slowed throughout the race, while Begich supporters have been playing catch up.

Cumulative spending on independent expenditures in Alaska’s race for governor (through Oct. 30)

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