Backers of the ballot measure aimed at restoring a Coastal Management Program say they’re hitting the small screen with their first — and only — television ad in favor of Ballot Measure 2. The 30-second advertisement began airing late last week, just days before the Alaska Primary Election on Tuesday.
“We’re pleased Alaskans have stepped up their support to the extent we can afford to advertise on television,” Alaska Sea Party Chair Bruce Botelho said. “Ours has always been a genuinely grassroots, volunteer operation, and we expected to mount a limited, strategic advertising campaign, perhaps including some television time. The fact that we’re able to afford TV now, at this critical moment before the election, tells us Alaskans are on board with our message and will help us restore Alaska’s successful coastal management program.”
“We’re especially happy to draw viewers’ attention to our major contributors,” Botelho said. “That’s required by law, of course, but we’re proud to name them. We’ll be loud and clear, because our support is virtually all Alaskan.”
A press release from the Sea Party states that opponents of the ballot initiative raised more than $1.5 million, almost entirely from out of-state oil and mining companies.
The Alaska Sea Party’s top contributors are the North Slope Borough, Robert Gillam, and the Alaska Conservation Foundation. More than 33,000 Alaska citizens signed petitions to put the measure on the ballot.
A call for comment Friday to Willis Lyford, director of the Vote No on 2 campaign, was not returned.