Galvin raises nearly three times as much as Young during second quarter: State of the race

Alyse Galvin and Don Young.

Financial reports for the second quarter are out today. We’ll get to the status of the U.S. Senate race in a post Thursday.

Democrat-backed independent candidate Alyse Galvin’s fundraising haul during the second quarter is nearly three times larger than what Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young raised.

According to filings made today covering fundraising from April 1 through June 30, Galvin raked in $693,870.01, crossing the $2 million mark for the election cycle, while Young brought in just $259,973.36, crossing the $1 million mark for the election cycle.

It’s more good news for Galvin who led Young 43-41 in a poll released last week by Public Policy Polling (though, as with all polls, it’s difficult to accurately poll Alaska). Galvin finished within seven points of Young during the 2018 election, the best finish for a Democrat-backed candidate since Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz ran in 2008.

With 110 days until the general election, Galvin holds the on-hand cash advantage with $1.4 million in the bank to Young’s $960,000 in the bank.

As has been the case in previous fundraising periods, a vast majority of Galvin’s second quarter income comes from individuals ($640,000) as compared to political action committees ($62,500). Young’s contributions are more evenly split between individuals ($155,000) and political action committees ($266,000).

Young’s biggest PAC contributions come from several corporate-backed groups while Galvin’s campaign said in a news release that it took no money from corporate PACs. Some of her PAC contributions come from progressive groups as well as $4,000 from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s campaign.

In a news release accompanying the results, the Galvin thanked Alaskans for their support.

“I’m grateful for the incredible support of Alaskans all across this great state,” she said. “It is clear Alaskans are ready for new leadership that listens to our communities and fights for what we need: good-paying jobs, lower health care costs, and a strong education system. We can only do this necessary work if we get money out of politics, so I am proud to be walking the talk and building this grassroots movement without a dime from corporate PACs.”

Young’s campaign did not release a statement alongside the second quarter numbers, but his official office released an update about how Young had been interviewed by “Captain America” actor Chris Evans for a web series.

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