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Support for Alaska ‘Super PAC’ Backing Murkowski Comes Entirely From Federal Contractors

More data are in concerning the new Super PAC, Alaskans Standing Together, formed to back Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in her write-in re-election bid for

Rian Mcconnell
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Oct 14, 2010

More data are in concerning the new Super PAC, Alaskans Standing Together, formed to back Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in her write-in re-election bid for Senate. The group’s FEC filings reveal that all nine of its contributors are Alaska Native corporations that have previously secured business through federal contracts. The Sunlight Foundation notes that one of the donors even says as much in a press release:

In a press release by NANA Regional Corporation, one of the donors to Alaskans Standing Together, the company acknowledges her record of “securing funding for [...] infrastructure improvements” and  committment to resource development, such as oil and gas—major factors for economic stability of Native Americans in Alaska.

As new Super PACs go, Alaskans Standing Together might hold the rare distinction of receiving its money entirely from corporations. The group is running ads that attack Republican nominee Joe Miller, who beat Murkowski in the GOP primary, for his alleged opposition to bringing federal dollars and contracts to Alaska (a charge Miller denies).

Rian Mcconnell | Rian is a Villanova University graduate who was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia with a medical degree. His residency was at Thomas Jefferson and its associated Wills Eye Hospital, and he finished his education with fellowships in cataract and corneal surgery at the University of Connecticut. He has a vast experience in ophthalmic surgery, with a focus on cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and laser refractive procedures. He serves on the board of Vision Health International, an agency that provides eye care and surgery to indigent patients in Central and South America, in addition to his surgical practice.

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