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In U.S. Senate race, Sullivan raised most money in final months of 2013

Dermot Cole
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan is the former Alaska Department of Natural Resources commissioner. Loren Holmes photo

FAIRBANKS—U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan had $1.1 million in campaign cash on hand at the end of 2013, according to the summary of his year-end report to the Federal Election Commission. He spent about $147,000 in the last quarter of 2013.

On Friday, two other candidates in the race, incumbent Sen. Mark Begich and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, who is running for the GOP nomination against Sullivan, released copies of their complete reports showing who contributed to their campaign, how much and where they spent their money.

The Alaska Dispatch asked Sullivan’s campaign Friday to release his full report, which otherwise may not be available for days or weeks. On Sunday, Sullivan’s campaign provided a four-page summary but offered no comment about why the rest was not released. In mid-January, Sullivan put out a press release about his success in fundraising, but without detailing the source of his support.

The Alaska Dispatch has also asked Fairbanks lawyer Joe Miller, who is also competing for the GOP nomination, for a copy of his report, but his campaign has not responded.

The information available so far shows that Begich ended the year with the most cash on hand, $2.8 million. Sullivan, however, raised the most money in the final months of the year. Treadwell ended the year with nearly $95,000 in cash on hand, but he also had debts of $141,000.

The summary from Sullivan says in the last quarter of 2013, which is when he launched his campaign, he had nearly $1.3 million in contributions, which included $35,000 from other political committees. Begich collected nearly $850,000 in the last three months of the year, while Treadwell received about $228,000.

On Jan. 26, Sullivan filed a document with the FEC saying that he would have a second authorized committee supporting his campaign, a Virginia-based group called “Friends for an American Majority.”

That group was formed on Dec. 5 to support Sullivan and two other GOP candidates, Steve Daines of Montana and Thomas Cotton of Arkansas.

The treasurer of Friends for an American Majority is Lisa Lisker of Virginia. Keith Davis of Virginia is assistant treasurer.

Dermot Cole can be reached at dermot(at)alaskadispatch.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DermotMCole.