Knowles raises $100k in less than a month

Binkley surpasses $1 million in tough Republican contest

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Cash continues to flow to former Gov. Tony Knowles as he tries to reclaim the governor's office from incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski.

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The two-term Democrat has raised nearly $100,000 in the past 22 days, according to disclosure reports filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Meanwhile, candidate John Binkley of Fairbanks has now spent more than $1 million in a very competitive three-way Republican primary race.

Tuesday, a week before the primary elections, was the deadline for candidates to file campaign disclosures with APOC.

Knowles' fundraising spurt since July 24, the last time disclosure reports were filed, puts his total contributions at $368,429 since he entered the race at the end of May.

After expenses, he has $229,338 left to spend.

"You always want more, but you have to have goals, and we're pretty happy with it," said Knowles campaign spokeswoman Patty Ginsberg. "We're not on the air, we don't have print ads. The strategy of this campaign has been to focus on the nuts and bolts and break out into those things after the primary."

Knowles is the favorite against state Rep. Eric Croft of Anchorage for the Democratic nomination.

Croft reported contributions of $165,257 this campaign season. He has $9,118 left for the final week, and campaign manager Meagan Foster said volunteers are mobilizing for a final get-out-the-vote push in cities from Fairbanks to Ketchikan.

On the Republican side, Murkowski faces a tough and expensive primary against challengers Binkley and Sarah Palin of Wasilla.

Binkley's campaign has spent $174,754 since his last filing, much of that on television and radio advertisements. The former state legislator now reports more than $1 million in total expenses, more than triple the amount Palin has spent.

Binkley has $77,000 left going into the campaign's last week.

Palin has raised a total of $353,279 for the entire campaign and has $50,286 left to spend.

Whoever wins the Republican primary will have to redouble their fundraising efforts to compete against Knowles and his war chest.

Murkowski's campaign had not filed a report by late Tuesday afternoon.

In Alaska's only congressional election, Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young reported having $2.4 million on hand at the beginning of August, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

Young is running unopposed in the Republican primary election.

Two Democratic challengers for Young's seat, Diane Benson and Frank Vondersaar, reported just a fraction of the cash of the incumbent. Benson had $4,133 in cash at the beginning of July and Vondersaar, who lost in the 2004 Democratic primary election for the seat, had $464 at the beginning of August.

The state legislator raising the most money for his campaign so far is incumbent Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage. Hawker has collected a $90,671 this year and has spent $23,706 to date.

Hawker is shoring up his considerable resources to avoid a repeat of a close election in 2002, when he beat Democrat Patricia Abney by a mere 36 votes.

Abney, who did not run in 2004, is back in the race this year. She reports having $7,856 on hand.

Hawker, who represents a district stretching from Anchorage's Hillside to Girdwood, has collected contributions from numerous oil company and oil field services executives. He has $71,230 in cash, much of which he will take into the campaign for the Nov. 7 general election.

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