Another super-political action committee has surfaced to help shape next year’s U.S. Senate election in Alaska.
“Alaska’s Energy / America’s Values” will aid the Republican campaign of former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan, according to the super-PAC’s website.
Sullivan, a former director of the state Department of Natural Resources, and several other Republicans are seeking to unseat one-term Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.
The pro-Sullivan group, which filed papers with the Federal Election Commission last week, is at least the third super-PAC created to influence an Alaska race that political analysts describe as highly competitive.
Alaska First PAC, created in May, is a “nonpartisan super PAC formed to support candidates by engaging and educating voters in the upcoming process,” according to its website. Its senior adviser, Jim Lottsfeld, has donated to Begich’s 2008 and 2014 Senate campaigns and also to Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski. (See Scott Bland’s piece in National Journal for more about that super-PAC.)
The Republican field also includes Joe Miller, a lawyer who defeated Murkowski in a 2010 primary election before she won re-election as a write-in candidate.
Begich is seeking re-election in a state that backed Republican Mitt Romney by 14 percentage points in the 2012 election. Alaska is one of six states Democrats are defending in 2014 Senate elections that backed Romney last year by at least 13.7 points. Democrats control 55 Senate seats, so Republicans need a net gain of six seats to win a majority in the 100-member chamber.
Super-PACs may collect contributions in unlimited amounts to run independent expenditures supporting or opposing candidates.