Alaska GOP leaders are hoping that Alaska returnee Kelly Tshibaka has what it takes to finally send moderate Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski packing. But while Tshibaka’s allegiance to all things Trump was enough to win her the endorsement of party leaders, it hasn’t been enough to convince donors.
According to financial disclosure reports released on Thursday, Murkowski has a commanding fundraising lead over Tshibaka in every category. Even though Murkowski has yet to announce her intentions for 2022, her fundraising haul was nearly twice that of Tshibaka for the most recent reporting period and she has significantly more cash on hand for the race ahead.
The reports cover the first full fundraising quarter that Tshibaka, who resigned from her position as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration (shortly after period where she would have had to reimburse the state for some $81,000 in moving expenses), has been actively campaigning. In that period running from April 1 to June 30, Tshibaka raised $544,018.79 to bring her fundraising total to $758,863.21.
During that same period, Murkowski’s fundraising totaled $1,001,189.20, bringing her total fundraising total to $3,308,333.91. Of Murkowski’s total haul, about $202,000 came from contributions from political action committees while Tshibaka reported no contributions from such groups.
Tshibaka has so far spent much more than Murkowski on the race, reporting a total spend of $483,198.42. That leaves her with $275,664.79 in cash on hand. Murkowski’s campaign reported $165,139.16 in expenditures, leaving more than $2.3 million in cash on hand for the race.
Much of the race so far has revolved around former President Donald Trump. While Murkowski has long been skeptical of Trump, breaking with him on several key votes as well as ultimately voting for his impeachment, Tshibaka has gone so far as to question the results of the 2020 election (suggesting that it could also be used to alter the outcome of Alaska’s elections). The differences earned Tshibaka Trump’s endorsement on June 18, but according to the raw disclosure reports that didn’t immediately result in a bump up in her fundraising.
On Sunday June 18, Tshibaka reported raising just $5,557.58 while Murkowski reported $6,050 on that same day. Tshibaka’s fundraising the following day was $3,550 and $1,000 the day after that. It wasn’t until the end of that week that her fundraising picked up, hitting 15794.37 on Friday June 23 and 16720 on the June 24. However, Murkowski’s fundraising haul picked up on those days, too, hitting $29,300 on June 23.
The 2022 election in Alaska will be conducted with an open primary system where all candidates regardless of party will be in one single primary. The top four finishing candidates will proceed to the general election, which will be conducted with ranked-choice voting.
This is based on unprocessed raw fundraising reports, which may contain some minor errors.
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