Mark Begich Logo

Get Updates:

Press Releases


ANCHORAGE — According to the chair of Alaska’s Republican Party, Washington insiders are conducting a secret meeting in Anchorage with Dan Sullivan today to determine Sullivan’s message and agenda.

The meeting parlays with the $4.3 million Outside special interest groups have spent propping up Sullivan in an attempt to buy Alaska’s Senate seat.

“On day one Dan Sullivan is already sitting down with Outside groups to be told what to say. Sullivan continues to refuse to look Alaskans in the eye and tell Alaskans what he believes,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

Sullivan has failed to be straight with Alaskans on a myriad of issues including how long he has been in the state, even dishing out his own money to pay for advice on “how to look Alaskans in the eye.”

Sullivan’s campaign so far has been largely supported by Outside groups run by Karl Rove and the Koch brothers dedicated to putting their national interests above the unique needs of Alaska. Overall, Outside groups have spent over $4 million in Alaska so far and are committed tospend over $12 million by November.

Even longtime Republican strategists in Alaska have called attempts by Outside groups to buy Alaska’s Senate seat a waste of money.



Begich Focuses on Meeting Face to Face to Alaskans


ANCHORAGE — Heading into Tuesday’s hotly contested primary, GOP candidates Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller are sneaking in their last minute punches in a three way primary that onlookers have defined as “bitter” with “no love lost.”

Meanwhile, Senator Mark Begich is staying focused on talking directly with Alaskans about the importance of the election.

“Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller are making this race about each other, leaving Alaskans in the dust. They continue to refuse to look Alaskans in the eye and have conversations about Alaska’s future, instead of their own,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

In the final debate that aired last week, Treadwell threw punches at Sullivan for skipping the Alaska Public Media Debate that was held one night before the KTUU debate, asking if Sullivan had “dropped out.” Sullivan fired back by accusing Treadwell of crying “crocodile tears.”

Begich has spent the last few days meeting face to face with Alaskans. In the past week Begich has visited Palmer, Wasilla, Eagle River, Haines, Juneau, and Anchorage.



Treadwell, Sullivan and Miller in Nasty debate


ANCHORAGE — Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller left Alaskans with an angry and bitter impression as the three candidates exchanged personal barbs in their final debate last night before the August 19th primary.

In what has already been called a “bitter” race, Treadwell threw punches at Sullivan for skipping the Alaska Public Media Debate two nights prior, asking if Sullivan had “dropped out.” Sullivan fired back by accusing Treadwell of crying “crocodile tears.”

“No love was lost or ever present between Dan Sullivan, Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller. The biggest factor uniting the three is their desire to restrict access to birth control for Alaska women, their attacks on middle class families and their desire to make dangerous changes to Social Security,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

Read the full story below:

KTUU - Emotions Run High at Final GOP Senate Debate

Disagreements abound, but candidates signal a repeat of 2010 is unlikely

Austin Baird / KTUU-TV

ANCHORAGE - During the final televised debate before the August 19 primary election, no love was lost between the Republicans who hope to unseat Sen. Mark Begich.

But by the end of Thursday, it was clear Begich will likely be opposed by just one well-backed conservative candidate in November.

Even before Channel 2 cameras started rolling, tempers started flaring.

“Is Dan Sullivan here?” Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell said to no one in particular. He grinned and pressed his hands against the podium. “I heard he’s dropping out of the race after he missed that debate last night.”

The former attorney was general standing a step away. The joke was that Sullivan must have thrown in the towel because he sat out a Wednesday debate hosted by Alaska Public Media.

While Joe Miller was making small talk before the debate got under way, he offered a line that came amid a story never entirely told about an incident on the campaign trail.

“What planet am I on?” Miller said.

Treadwell cut in: “That’s a question a lot of people have asked.”

The stage was set.

Over the next hour at the University of Alaska Anchorage, there was predictable last-minute posturing – all the candidates emphasized that they are varying shades of anti-amnesty, they described their desire for smaller federal government, they spoke of what the sanctity of life means to them.

And there were lip-furled mentions of Barack Obama, Mark Begich, Harry Reid and other fundamental trigger words, including fundamental, real conservatives and socialism.

Maybe refined, rehearsed talking points signal that the contentious campaign has nearly run its course, just as emotionally-charged moments may exemplify what has been a sometimes hostile primary campaign.

When moderator Steve Mac Donald opened the floor for Treadwell to ask Sullivan a question, the lieutenant governor offered up a pointed criticism of what he called attack ads, something he said has become commonplace in recent weeks.

None seemed worse to Treadwell than a mailer deriding his “Washington doublespeak,” which apparently included a photo of the lieutenant governor’s face edited onto the body of another person.

Sullivan responded that Treadwell should shed no “crocodile tears” due to the plenty of attacks he has launched, including the time he was quoted saying there is a jar of mayonnaise in his cabinet that has been here longer than Sullivan.

Treadwell stood by the jab and asked when Sullivan caught his first legal salmon in Alaska.

“I believe it’s a fair issue,” Treadwell said. “The question of your residency here is an issue in this campaign.”

A copy of the mailer that became a point of controversy during the debate. (Courtesy Mead Treadwell)

Sullivan continually steered conversation to Begich, Reid, Obama and the like, and he faded into the background while some of the most heated exchanges of the debate unfolded.

“I’m actually quite upset with the racist mailer that Joe sent out on this issue,” Treadwell said, referring to an ad that recently drew the attention of liberal blogs. “You wanted to tell us that there should be no taxpayer-funded benefits, and I’m going to tell you right now, if somebody is bleeding in the streets…we need to help them.”

Miller responded by speaking of people who have married into his family who were born in India, Indonesia and Mexico, and he said that immigration “is not a racism issue.”

“This is about tearing apart the fabric of this nation by saying that we’re going to allow illegals to come in, become voters,” Miller said.

Miller and Treadwell also sparred over the United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty, which if ratified would give the U.S. more control over its waters, including those in the developing Arctic.

Sullivan literally took a step back and watched the “significant disagreement,” as Miller called it, unfold in real time.

Miller: “You’ve been a lifelong proponent of the Law of the Sea Treaty. You think that’s the pathway for the Arctic. I believe the pathway…is bilateral agreements with those nations that have Arctic regions within their coastlines.”

Treadwell: “Alaskans fought for many provisions in the Law of the Sea,” Treadwell said. “For you to dismiss it and question our patriotism for trying to move forward protections for Alaska I think is disgusting.”

Miller: “I think it’s disgusting, to be quite honest, that anyone would say because of money, we’re going to give up sovereignty of the United States.”

The whole time the conversation carried on, for about five minutes,, Sullivan spoke for fewer than 10 seconds.

While the focus of the night was how the candidates are different from one another, the debate closed with a sign that there will be no repeat of 2010, when Miller surprised the Alaska Republican establishment by winning the 2010 nomination, only to be bested by write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski in the general election.

Sullivan and Treadwell said they would support whoever wins the nomination.

And so did Miller, who was previously rumored to be weighing the possibility of running as an Independent if he lost the Republican nomination.

“I’ve never said this before,” Miller said. “I believe I’m going to be the primary winner, but if one of you two guys win, I’ll support you.

“We have to get rid of Mark Begich.”



Primary Candidates Bad for Women


ANCHORAGE- No matter which candidate wins today’s contested Republican primary, Alaskans won’t be presented with a candidate who supports issues important to women including equal pay for equal work, access to birth control and an increase in the minimum wage.

Mark Begich is the only candidate in this race who supports a nationwide increase in the minimum wage and believes women — not the government or your boss — should be able to make health care decisions.

“All of Mark Begich’s opponents have startling positions that impact the ability for Alaska women and middle class families to earn a fair wage and make their own health care decisions, free of government interference,” said Susanne Fleek-Green, Campaign Manager for Alaskans for Begich.

Mark Begich is Fighting for Alaska Women and Families:

· Supports Increase in Federal Minimum Wage: Would increase incomes for the minimum wage work force, almost 60% of whom are women

· Equal Pay for Equal Work: Only candidate supporting equal pay for equal work legislation

· Opposes Hobby Lobby decision: Believes a boss should not make health care decisions for Alaska women

· Supports Access to Birth Control and Funding for Planned Parenthood

· Pro-Choice



Begich Swings Through Six Towns in Two Days


ANCHORAGE — Senator Mark Begich visited Haines yesterday to open a field office for volunteers as he continues his commitment to travel Alaska meeting face to face with Alaskans about issues important to them.

So many Alaskans turned out that the Haines office was not big enough to hold the crowd.

“Mark Begich was born and raised in Alaska and understands the importance of going to each and every corner of the state to talk directly with Alaskans about what issues matter to them and their communities,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

Begich has spent the last few days meeting face to face in towns including Palmer, Wasilla, Eagle River Haines, Juneau, and Anchorage.



Standing by Extreme Platforms


ANCHORAGE — U.S. Senate candidates Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan failed to address issues important to Alaska women in their final debate hosted by KTUU, avoiding their record of opposing equal pay for equal work and believing government should make health care decisions for Alaska women.

“Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan once again avoiding looking Alaska women in the eyes and explaining their efforts to limit a woman’s right to choose, let a woman’s boss make health care decisions for them and refusing to support the Violence Against Women Act,” said Susanne Fleek-Green, Campaign Manager for Alaskans for Begich.

Recently when asked if they supported the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Treadwell and Sullivan both declined to support the law. VAWA is a historic federal law that has received bipartisan support since its initial passage in 1994, including support from Senator Lisa Murkowksi.

All three GOP candidates in the Senate race have adopted dangerous positions for women like allowing woman’s boss make health care decisions for her, eliminating a woman’s right to choose, limiting protections for domestic violence and assault and exposing a woman’s medical records to the government.

Begich is the only candidate in Alaska’s Senate race who has proven himself to be an ally of Alaska women. Begich opposes the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and cosponsored a bill to have the decision overturned. He believes that women have the right to make their own medical decisions and that the government has no right to come between a woman and her doctor.



Begich Success in Fighting for Seniors


ANCHORAGE — Senator Mark Begich today received the endorsement of Senior Votes Count, an advocacy organization working to protect our seniors by preserving Social Security and Medicare for future generations.

Spokesperson and representative from Senior Votes Count, Jon “Bowzer” Bauman – formerly of popular 70s band “Sha Na Na” – joined Begich at an event today where he received the endorsement of the organization.

“We need leaders like Mark in the Senate to protect and support our aging Baby Boomer population. With these programs that provide millions of Americans per year a critical lifeline under attack from short sighted politicians, we need problem-solvers like Mark standing on the side of Alaska’s seniors,” said Bauman.

Begich has received nationwide recognition for his bill, the Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act, which would strengthen the program by extending its solvency by 70 years, raising the cap on contributions, and expanding benefits for recipients.

“Mark is honored to receive the endorsement of Senior Votes Count – an organization that shares his belief that all Americans should have the ability to retire and age with dignity. Americans need the certainty that programs like Social Security will be there for them as they grow old and deserve their benefits after a lifetime of paying into the program,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

Begich is a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, where he is also closely tracking efforts to shore up Medicare by targeting waste, fraud and abuse. He also supports improving Medicare coverage for prevention and wellness, mental health, and dental services as well as fixing Medicare reimbursement rates.



Uses Funds to Fuel Negative Attack Ads


ANCHORAGE — U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan is relying on $300,000 from his multimillionaire Cleveland-based parents and brother to fuel attack ads against Joe Miller, Mead Treadwell and Mark Begich in the closing days of the contested Alaska primary.

The Cleveland-based Sullivan family owns RPM International, a company worth $4.1 billion. Sullivan’s parents and brother have funneled nearly $400,000 to a super PAC producing ridiculous attack ads.

Dan Sullivan’s message to Alaskans in one gif:

Until this sudden influx of family cash Sullivan’s super PAC reported $3,600 in its last FEC report.


Interior Alaska Comes Together to Bring F-35s To Fairbanks


ANCHORAGE — Mark Begich’s new radio ad highlights Fairbanks’ big win: two new squadrons of F-35s coming to Eielson Air Force Base. Begich advocated to bring the planes to Alaska after fighting to keep F-16s at Eielson, a fight that saved 3,000 jobs.

In the ad, Fairbanks City Council member Renee Staley tells the story of Alaskans coming together to secure the planes, including Begich’s work.

“But it’s also a story of Alaskans coming together – Democrats and Republicans – to convince the Air Force that Interior Alaska was the perfect training ground with so much space to work in. It means one point three billion dollars a year for Alaska … nearly two thousand military personnel and their families and new missions for our bases. It’s the biggest economic boost for Fairbanks since the pipeline,” says Staley.

As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee, Begich stood up for Eielson to keep the F-16s and to bring the F-35s to Alaska. Senator Begich previously released an ad on his efforts to save the F-16s by putting the promotion of a three star general on hold.

Since joining the US Senate, Begich has been a steadfast fighter for Alaska’s military families and bases. He successfully fought alongside Senator Murkowski, Congressman Young and all of Interior Alaska to bring the F-35s to Fairbanks, a decision announced just last week. Begich was also successful in restoring benefits for the Alaska Territorial Guard, delivering Tricare coverage for military dependents up to age 26 and securing over $500 million in military infrastructure improvements.

Read More About Begich’s Record of Results for Alaska’s Military HERE


Renee Staley: This is City Councilmember Renee Staley. And when I saw Mark Begich take on the Pentagon to keep our squadron of F-16s at Eielson, I became a big fan. It saved 3,000 jobs. Now, we just learned that Eielson is getting two squadrons of F-35 fighter jets. Mark’s been working on that for years. First on the Armed Services committee, where he capped the cost of each plane, so the squadrons make financial sense for the country. But it’s also a story of Alaskans coming together – Democrats and Republicans – to convince the Air Force that interior Alaska was the perfect training ground with so much space to work in. It means one point three billion dollars a year for Alaska … nearly two thousand military personnel and their families and new missions for our bases. It’s the biggest economic boost for Fairbanks since the pipeline. Mark Begich understands we get things done for Alaska when we work together. It’s why I’m voting for him.

Begich: I’m Mark Begich, running for US Senate and I approve this message. Paid for by Alaskans for Begich.



Both Refuse to Support Violence Against Women Act


ANCHORAGE — Alaskans should be alarmed that sitting Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell and former Attorney General Dan Sullivan refuse to support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and showed a questionable understanding of the important legislation when asked point blank.

In a TV interview when asked if they would vote to reauthorize VAWA, Treadwell and Sullivan both fell flat on their faces, failing to support historic bipartisan legislation which has protected Alaska families and women since it first became law in 1994.

“After months of campaigning, Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan still refuse to look Alaskans in the eye and tell them where they actually stand on critical issues facing Alaska, like important federal law that addresses unacceptable domestic violence rates,” said Susanne Fleek-Green, campaign manager for Alaskans for Begich.

Read More on Treadwell and Sullivan’s Abysmal Record on Sexual Assault, Equal Pay, and Protecting Women’s Privacy

Mark Begich is a co-sponsor of the reauthorization of VAWA and has fought to include additional protections for Alaska Natives. Begich has also been a leader on the Safe Families and Villages Act to increase public safety in villages across Alaska to protect against domestic violence.

Recently, Begich was successful in pushing the Obama administration to make sure victims of domestic violence receive the full range of health care benefits they deserve, which includes preventative services for domestic abuse.

TPM: Top Two Alaska GOPers Stumble On Domestic Violence Question

By Daniel Strauss

August 13, 2023

Neither of the two lead candidates in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Alaska would say whether they would have voted for or support reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Both former Attorney General Dan Sullivan and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, in interviews with MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt, gave rather bumbling answers in response to questions about how they would vote on the Violence Against Women Act if they were in the Senate.

“You know I’ll look at it, I know there were some provisions that had some controversy but I’m going to be very focused on those issues the way I was as attorney general here,” Sullivan said.

“But you’re not sure one way or the other that you would have voted for it and whether you’ll vote to reauthorize it,” Hunt quickly interjected.

“Well I need to look at the whole act,” Sullivan said. “One of the things I’ve done in my career is actually read legislation before I vote for it unlike most of the Senate Democrats like [Sen. Mark Begich] who clearly voted for Obamacare without reading it. I was —before I sued on Obamacare I sat down with a small team of attorneys and we read it!”

Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell seemed even more reluctant to support the legislation. .

“I had some problems with the act itself and let me just tell you we have done what we can here to help bring more resources to bear. When Washington tries to impose solutions on a state without talking to people who live there, I think you’ve got a bit problem.”

“And that problem was big enough that you might have voted against it?” Hunt said.

“Yes,” Treadwell said.

In February, CNN’s John D. Sutter reported that the incidences of rape in Alaska are roughly triple the national average. Business Insider has also noted that 37 percent of Alaskan women say they have been the victims of sexual violence.

The Alaska Republican primary for Senate is on August 19. The winner will face Begich in the general election. Polling has shown Sullivan as the general frontrunner in the primary.