Candidates report fundraising tallies

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Candidates vying to represent Alaska in two Congressional races are busy raising cash in what could be the most competitive contests in years for both the House and the Senate.

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, has raised almost $585,000 from more than 900 donors during the first three months of this year. Stevens is seeking re-election to the seat he's held since 1968.

In a press release from his campaign office, Stevens reports that his cash on hand amounts to about $1.3 million as of March 31.

The longest-serving Republican in Senate history, Stevens has been dogged in recent months by an FBI corruption probe.

He could face competition from Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, who is still exploring a possible run against Stevens. Begich has pulled in nearly $260,000 since he began raising funds on Feb. 27.

Meanwhile, campaign reports from Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, show contributions of $134,000 in the last quarter, though he continues to pay substantial legal fees. Young also is facing a federal probe into corruption allegations.

Alaska's sole member of the House since 1973, Young earlier established a legal expense fund to allow constituents to donate separately to campaign expenses or legal fees.

Also announcing his fundraising efforts was former state legislator Ethan Berkowitz, who is seeking the Democratic nomination against Young.

Berkowitz has raised more than $277,000 from nearly 940 contributors.

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