Quick takeaways from the latest legislative fundraising reports: State of the Race

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With fewer than 30 days to the primary election, we’ve got a piping hot set of financial disclosure reports filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission that give us the best look so far at how the race for the Alaska Legislature is shaping up.

These reports cover all fundraising activity running from Feb. 2 to July 17, and while money certainly isn’t everything in Alaska politics it sure is a good barometer of races that are competitive or, at the very least, donors hope are competitive.

Today, we’re looking at the topline numbers of each candidate’s 30-day report. It’s a somewhat flawed figure as it doesn’t filter out non-monetary contributions—like perennial candidate Dustin Darden’s non-monetary contribution of $52,000 in “analytic campaign data management” to his own campaign—or candidate contributions of cash—like the $66,221.94 that Republican Jesse Sumner gave to his campaign against Republican Rep. David Eastman.

Alas, this isn’t the Federal Elections Commission.

The big issue at hand in the primary election are all the Republican primary challenges on the slate. Whether you’re a moderate, a “moderate,” a conservative or a far-right goofs, you’re likely facing a primary challenge this year and the outcome will go a long way to shaping the Legislature for the next two years.

Anyways, here’s some quick hits:

  • “Moderate” Republicans are ahead. There’s a big target on the “moderate,” South Anchorage Republicans who dared work together with Democrats to fend off some of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s worst impulses during his first year in office. We’re talking Reps. Chuck Kopp, Jennifer Johnston and Gary Knopp (well, he’s Soldotna) and Sens. Cathy Giessel and Natasha von Imhof. They’re all ahead in the overall fundraising against their Republican primary opponents but as Sen. Peter Micciche can tell you from his near-loss in the 2016 primary against Ron Gillham (who’s now running against Knopp) money and incumbency certainly aren’t everything in the extremely polarized, Facebook-heavy Republican primary.
  • Some far-right Republicans are lagging. Republican challengers aren’t just on the hunt for RINOs, but they’ve also set their sights on several far-right Republicans. At the top of the list is one Alaska Family Action-endorsed Jesse Sumner, who has raised $81,516.94 ($66,221.94 of which is his own money), easily topping the Rep. David Eastman’s $25,747.43. Take the $5,000 personal contribution out of Kevin McCabe’s $34,214.69 haul and he’s still well ahead of incumbent Republican Rep. Mark Neuman, whose cumulative fundraising stands at $2,500.79. The always-tumultuous House District 9 has incumbent Republican George Rauscher ($10,160.38) lagging well behind challenger LD Howard ($16,023.46).
  • It’s not all smooth sailing for Dunleavy Republicans. Several Dunleavy-allied incumbent Republicans are staring down some well-backed general election challengers. At the top of that list is Democratic challenger Liz Snyder, who continued her impressive streak of fundraising with $31,196.02 raised during the latest fundraising period bringing her overall haul to a truly whopping $117,667.93. Clearly, progressives smell blood in the water after incumbent Republican Lance Pruitt veered hard right after a narrow victory against Snyder in 2016. Pruitt’s late entry into the race—after hemming and hawing about running for anything else—hasn’t done him any favors and he currently sits at $17,356.47. Fellow pro-Dunleavy Republican Rep. Sarah Vance is also behind independent candidate Kelly Cooper, who’s translated a popular term on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly into a strong fundraising period. Cooper’s brought in $39,262.76 during the latest quarter bringing her total haul to $46,786.76 while Vance’s fundraising took a hit, bringing in just $9,114.17 during the latest fundraising period to stand at $37,646.60 overall. Out in the Mat-Su, Sen. David Wilson holds a cash advantage ($15,343.45 overall) in his six-way primary, but independent challenger Dan Mayfield sits at the top of the field after raising $18,850 ($10,000 of his own money) for an overall haul of $19,651.32

The numbers

NameDistrictPartyTotal Raised30-day RaisedTotal SpentCash on Hand
Bart LeBonHouse 01R$21,863.50$5,571.55$2,098.81$19,764.69
Christopher QuistHouse 01D$4,202.15$4,202.15$627.15$3,575.00
Bennie ColbertHouse 01D$3,991.18$3,991.18$3,413.19$577.99
Steve ThompsonHouse 02R$10,000.00$10,000.00$988.04$9,011.96
Dave SelleHouse 02R$2,552.00$2,552.00$1,226.57$1,325.43
Jeremiah YoumansHouse 02D$735.93$735.93$262.70$473.23
Matt Bagodonuts WasdykeHouse 02NA (Pending)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Mike PraxHouse 03R$277.00$277.00$277.00$0.00
Christina M. Sinclair (Denied)House 03D (Denied)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Grier HopkinsHouse 04D$29,342.14$22,672.23$9,924.14$20,664.80
Keith KurberHouse 04R$26,463.51$26,463.51$14,513.12$11,950.39
Adam WoolHouse 05D$27,220.85$23,720.85$4,712.04$23,210.01
Kevin McKinleyHouse 05R$24,185.70$12,030.00$12,763.94$11,421.76
Taryn M HughesHouse 05D$6,329.00$6,329.00$1,676.34$4,652.66
Julia HnilickaHouse 06D$28,423.79$17,998.70$12,517.65$15,906.14
Mike CronkHouse 06R$10,191.41$10,191.41$6,858.70$3,332.71
Julie MorrisHouse 06R$6,061.98$6,061.98$3,156.04$2,905.94
Elijah VerhagenHouse 06U (Certified)$4,269.11$4,269.11$4,083.40$185.71
Ryan SmithHouse 06R$186.95$186.95$36.95$150.00
Deborah Williams RileyHouse 06NA (Pending)$57.00$57.00$70.10-$13.10
Christopher KurkaHouse 07R$16,655.95$5,825.95$7,752.51$8,543.44
Lynn GattisHouse 07R$15,030.00$15,030.00$7,934.51$7,095.49
Jamin L. BurtonHouse 07U (Certified)$7,003.00$3,850.00$801.90$6,201.10
Colleen Sullivan-LeonardHouse 07R (Retiring)$2,501.92$0.95$2,500.97$0.00
Thomas LambHouse 07NP (Withdrawn)$0.00$0.00$876.00-$876.00
Robert D. Yundt II (Withdrawn)House 07R$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Kevin McCabeHouse 08R$34,214.69$22,567.34$24,450.80$9,763.89
Mark NeumanHouse 08R$2,500.79$1,000.62$1,051.26$3,449.53
Alma HartleyHouse 08D$2,498.51$2,498.51$2,415.74$82.77
LD HowardHouse 09R$16,023.46$16,023.46$8,217.28$7,806.18
George RauscherHouse 09R$10,160.38$2,030.38$7,153.81$3,006.49
Bill JohnsonHouse 09D$8,195.00$8,195.00$3,240.78$6,667.72
Jesse SumnerHouse 10R$81,516.94$81,516.94$51,784.09$29,732.85
David EastmanHouse 10R$25,747.43$12,478.68$12,844.55$12,902.88
Monica Lynn Stein-OlsonHouse 10D$7,347.03$7,347.03$762.82$6,584.21
Patricia Faye-BrazelHouse 10NP (Pending)$5,986.45$336.00$5,263.52$722.93
DeLena M JohnsonHouse 11R$13,664.87$5,879.54$5,433.70$8,280.18
Alex FettaHouse 11R$285.00$285.00$1,313.81-$1,028.81
Andrea HackbarthHouse 11D$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Cathy L. TiltonHouse 12R$14,197.00$1,047.00$1,230.20$14,466.80
Danny GrayHouse 12NP-D$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Sharon JacksonHouse 13R$26,980.01$5,725.00$11,322.14$15,657.87
Ken McCartyHouse 13R$15,321.11$14,208.43$14,411.04$910.07
James Allen Canitz, SrHouse 13D$10,000.00$10,000.00$0.00$10,000.00
Kelly MerrickHouse 14R$34,768.80$4,631.85$8,162.57$31,118.69
Mike RisingerHouse 14NA (Pending)$1,810.01$1,810.01$878.96$931.05
Bruce BattenHouse 14D$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Tiffany Quirk (Withdrawn)House 14R$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Roger BransonHouse 14U (Pending)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Gabby LeDouxHouse 15R$60,944.00$16,045.00$13,831.39$47,112.61
Lyn FranksHouse 15D$15,863.21$6,750.19$8,735.37$7,345.54
David NelsonHouse 15R$4,658.00$4,658.00$3,852.38$805.62
Rick PhillipsHouse 15D$1,390.00$1,390.00$967.04$422.96
Patrick McCormackHouse 15D$1,106.95$1,106.95$1,106.95$279.51
Ivy A SpohnholzHouse 16D$18,730.00$18,730.00$7,736.63$11,321.17
Scott A KohlhaasHouse 16L$1,000.00$1,000.00$308.90$691.10
Paul BauerHouse 16R$246.36$246.36$246.36$0.00
Andy JosephsonHouse 17D$17,767.41$3,325.00$5,278.47$15,047.07
Harriet A. DrummondHouse 18D$10,425.00$1,750.00$3,248.73$12,176.27
Geran TarrHouse 19D$8,010.45$2,600.00$2,119.91$5,890.54
Zack FieldsHouse 20D$1,600.00$1,600.00$4,614.46$9,434.80
Matt ClamanHouse 21D$62,790.08$21,013.00$12,389.43$52,883.49
Lynette LargentHouse 21R$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Sara RasmussenHouse 22R$56,060.00$10,500.00$7,300.89$48,759.11
Dustin DardenHouse 22AI$52,000.00$52,000.00$52,000.00$0.00
Stephen TrimbleHouse 22NA (Pending)$19,895.40$19,895.40$7,733.15$12,162.25
David NeesHouse 22AI$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Jan Carolyn HardyHouse 22D (Withdrawn)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Kathy HensleeHouse 23R$9,780.01$9,780.01$2,334.24$7,445.77
Chris TuckHouse 23D$9,542.11$1,751.00$0.77$9,541.34
Connie DoughertyHouse 23R$4,421.49$3,420.00$1,961.00$2,521.82
Timothy R. HuitHouse 23AI$376.02$376.02$376.02$0.00
Chuck KoppHouse 24R$55,928.00$28,200.00$37,396.77$19,557.59
Tom McKayHouse 24R$23,773.70$23,773.70$13,460.01$10,313.69
Gloria Susan LeviHouse 24D$3,958.24$3,958.24$1,248.65$2,709.59
Mel GillisHouse 25R$60,784.99$13,619.99$11,442.96$49,342.03
Calvin SchrageHouse 25NP-D$37,723.01$23,070.39$28,697.40$9,025.61
Janice L ParkHouse 25D$27,927.06$14,433.41$18,201.37$10,061.99
Benjamin RodriguezHouse 25R$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Laddie ShawHouse 26R$29,843.87$1,256.49$1,750.30$33,093.57
Liz SnyderHouse 27D$117,667.93$31,196.02$46,775.28$72,305.98
Lance PruittHouse 27R$17,356.47$17,356.47$1,371.87$16,529.90
Jennifer JohnstonHouse 28R$38,177.18$18,460.68$12,019.11$31,158.07
James KaufmanHouse 28R$20,722.13$20,722.13$7,661.35$13,060.78
Benjamin FletcherHouse 28NA (Pending)$3,000.00$3,000.00$1,227.48$1,772.52
Adam S. LeesHouse 28D$1,937.00$1,937.00$664.18$1,272.82
Paul D. DaleHouse 29NP (Pending)$17,495.00$17,495.00$9,806.16$7,688.84
Ben CarpenterHouse 29R$3,534.55$2,184.55$94.55$3,970.37
Gary KnoppHouse 30R$24,530.66$12,450.00$9,909.02$19,621.64
Ronald Dale GillhamHouse 30R$10,100.00$8,100.00$4,699.54$7,319.66
Kelly WolfHouse 30R$600.00$600.00$1,672.87-$1,072.87
Kelly CooperHouse 31NA (Pending)$46,786.76$39,262.76$27,769.74$19,017.02
Sarah L. VanceHouse 31R$37,646.60$9,114.17$5,521.34$32,125.26
Louise B StutesHouse 32R$15,018.33$2,250.00$1,164.36$13,853.97
Peter D HoepfnerHouse 32D (Withdrawn)$100.00$100.00$0.00$100.00
Sara HannanHouse 33D$12,809.48$2,750.00$2,765.15$13,252.04
Andi StoryHouse 34D$32,192.04$17,550.20$2,401.65$29,790.39
Edward KingHouse 34NP (Certified)$3,653.14$3,653.14$1,477.37$2,175.77
Jonathan Kreiss-TomkinsHouse 35D$37,705.09$16,646.90$12,773.50$26,627.31
Arthur S MartinHouse 35R$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Kenny SkaflestadHouse 35R$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Leslie BeckerHouse 36R$35,412.08$35,412.08$10,875.41$24,536.67
Dan OrtizHouse 36U (Certified)$23,597.65$13,957.65$13,730.53$12,367.12
Bryce EdgmonHouse 37U-D$14,305.00$1,950.00$68.30$18,878.00
Tiffany ZulkoskyHouse 38D$8,700.00$7,700.00$388.51$13,311.49
Neal FosterHouse 39D$4,850.00$2,500.00$3,320.51$6,529.49
Dan HolmesHouse 39R$1,865.00$1,865.00$1,634.29$230.71
Tyler L IvanoffHouse 39D$120.00$120.00$58.00$62.00
Elizabeth FergusonHouse 40D$14,560.00$14,560.00$3,347.92$11,212.08
Ely G CyrusHouse 40NA (Pending)$2,315.55$0.00$1,772.35$543.20
Josiah Aullaqsruaq PatkotakHouse 40NA (Pending)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Marna SanfordSenate BNA (Pending)$37,978.69$37,978.69$15,605.69$22,373.00
John CoghillSenate BR$31,584.99$12,309.99$4,611.07$26,958.92
Robert H Myers JrSenate BR$4,459.95$3,719.95$3,376.93$1,083.02
Dan MayfieldSenate DNP (Pending)$19,651.32$18,850.00$4,721.38$17,254.76
David S. WilsonSenate DR$15,343.45$5,788.45$12,513.15$7,838.95
Stephen WrightSenate DR$3,849.78$2,859.77$2,847.78$1,059.78
Bernadette RuprightSenate DR$3,420.00$3,420.00$860.27$2,559.73
Loy Thurman "Santa"Senate DR$2,846.29$2,846.29$1,915.27$931.02
Huhnkie LeeSenate DR$575.00$575.00$1,156.50-$581.50
Chandra McCain-FinchSenate DR$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Shelley HughesSenate FR$24,748.47$2,087.10$3,447.67$21,300.80
Gavin ChristiansenSenate FL (Pending)$820.00$820.00$704.00$116.00
Stephany JeffersSenate FU-D$0.08$0.08$0.00$2,011.85
Allan Pi Riordan-Randall (Withdrawn)Senate FNA (Withrdrawn)$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Bill WielechowskiSenate HD$23,362.44$6,700.68$2,722.58$20,639.86
Madeleine GaiserSenate HR$6,385.00$6,385.00$2,656.06$3,728.94
Tom BegichSenate JD$40,873.81$5,650.17$13,686.66$27,192.22
Natasha Von ImhofSenate LR$103,933.87$21,271.00$11,632.61$92,301.26
Jeff LandfieldSenate LNA (Certified)$10,650.00$10,650.00$1,754.62$8,895.38
Roselynn CacySenate LD$5,389.00$5,389.00$364.00$6,688.89
Stephen J. DuplantisSenate LR$1,770.00$1,770.00$926.91$843.09
Josh RevakSenate MR$75,107.00$20,114.00$39,102.88$40,069.74
Andy HollemanSenate MNA (Pending)$6,355.00$6,355.00$5,440.55$5,914.45
Harold BorbridgeSenate MR$1,200.00$1,200.00$1,200.00$0.00
Ray MetcalfeSenate MR$1,020.00$1,020.00$0.00$1,020.00
Nicholas WillileSenate MD$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Anita ThorneSenate MD$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Cathy GiesselSenate NR$77,863.28$28,533.24$25,575.38$62,287.35
Roger HollandSenate NR$28,404.20$16,200.56$16,658.00$11,746.20
Carl JohnsonSenate ND$13,370.00$13,370.00$5,727.90$7,642.10
Carolyn "Care" CliftSenate NU$9,597.08$5,821.97$3,416.65$7,017.67
Lynette Moreno HinzSenate ND$200.00$200.00$1,049.66-$753.47
Gary StevensSenate PR$14,000.00$12,750.00$0.00$17,000.00
John Robert CoxSenate PR$2,615.00$2,615.00$1,924.15$690.85
Dr Greg MaddenSenate PAI$400.00$400.00$0.00$403.82
Bert StedmanSenate RR$9,900.00$4,450.00$6,543.39$4,154.05
Michael D. SheldonSenate RR$5,485.00$5,385.00$2,578.45$2,906.55
Donny OlsonSenate TD$8,200.00$6,500.00$10.00$9,835.55
Thomas Ikaaq BakerSenate TR$2,357.00$2,357.00$1,822.74$534.26
Calvin Donald Moto IISenate TR$1,215.00$1,215.00$1,000.00$215.00

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