The second quarter fundraising is in, and the blue piggy bank is looking pretty fat. Let’s look at the House race first:
Don Young (R) – $106,616 (*Note – $103,521 was spent on legal fees by the Young campaign during the same time period.)
Sean Parnell (R) – $266,000
Gabrielle LeDoux (R) – $200,000 ($157,500 of it is her own money)
Diane Benson (D) – $52,606
Ethan Berkowitz (D) – $277,066 (Yowza!)
And now, the best for last….(drum roll please)…..Alaska’s Senate Race.
Ted Stevens (R) – $745,000
Mark Begich (D) – $1,034,600! (I give you Alaksa’s Million Dollar Man!)
This is good on so many levels. First, most of the contributions for Begich are $100 and under indicating strong grass roots support. Second, its not only more than the formidable Stevens money machine could raise, but it’s a LOT more. Third, being able to use the phrase “more than a million dollars” has to feel good to the Begich folks.
And just for fun, if you add together all the Republican fundraising this quarter (even including Gabrielle LeDoux’s gift to self) you end up with $1,202,616. The Democrats? $1,364,272. Nice. Considering the lobster-like redness of the state of Alaska, this is monumental.
What about Ray Metcalfe you are wondering? Couldn’t find any information on his fundraising, although it may exist somewhere. But I did notice that on his website he’d prefer Barack Obama for president, but would be willing to support Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination. Does Ray know something we don’t know about a coup attempt at the upcoming convention, or did he just forget to update the website? Inquiring minds want to know!