Parnell leads fundraising in latest reporting period

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2008

ANCHORAGE - Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell raised more money than U.S. Rep. Don Young in the latest federal campaign finance reporting period but the incumbent in the congressional race still has far more cash in the bank.

Parnell, who is trying to defeat Young in the Republican primary Aug. 26, reported raising $182,161 in the six weeks between July 1 and Aug. 6

At least $130,000 was bundled individual contributions through the Washington, D.C., anti-earmark group Club for Growth.

The group has funneled more than $330,000 to his campaign.

Young reported raising $83,855 in the same period, and like the Parnell money, most of it was from out of state. Lobbyists, political action committees and seafood business leaders contributed.

Young reported he had $366,845 cash in the bank at the end of the July 1-Aug. 6 reporting period and Parnell said he had $66,254.

Republican primary candidate Gabrielle LeDoux, a state representative from Kodiak, reported raising $7,174 in the July 1-Aug.6 period. She reported $24,882 in cash.

Among Democrats seeking Young's House seat, Ethan Berkowitz reported raising $76,044 in the period.

His Democratic primary opponent, Diane Benson, reported raising $19,177 for the same period, with donors including Alaska Commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Emil Notti and Janice Erickson, director of programming for the National Organization for Women.

Berkowitz reported $95,659 in cash at the end of the period and Benson $37,933.

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