JUNEAU - A political group formed by Alaska Native corporations spent $1.6 million to defeat Joe Miller in last month's U.S. Senate race.
Alaskans Standing Together formed after Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced her write-in campaign and in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing unions and corporations to spend their own money in support of or opposition to candidates. Some analysts credited its role in running ads and reaching out to voters in rural Alaska as key to helping Murkowski win.
Its federal election filing also shows at least two telecommunications companies giving $100,000 each in the final 2 1/2 weeks of the race.
Miller has challenged the results of the race and criticized the group as trying to buy the election for its favored candidate.