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Dan Sullivan and Citizens United


ANCHORAGE — Dan Sullivan is the only candidate in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race who supports unlimited spending by corporations and billionaires in elections.

Sullivan announced his support for the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and anonymous spending by billionaires and his belief corporations are people in June when stumbling through his disingenuous attempt to bar spending in our elections. This position conflicts with Sullivan’s newest TV ad. Sullivan has failed to reconcile his beliefs with his political ploys.

“Dan Sullivan needs to take aim at his own support for unlimited spending by corporations and billionaires in Alaska’s elections. Sullivan believes corporations are people and he continues to be dishonest with Alaskans while trying to hide his true beliefs,” said Max Croes, Alaskans for Begich Communications Director.

Here’s what’s been said about Sullivan’s support for Citizens United

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

The disharmony between Sullivan’s stances on political campaigns in general and the specific race he is running this fall is peculiar, and doesn’t support his stated intentions in seeking the agreement… But we can’t square that intention with the facts of how this year’s Senate race is being conducted — and with Mr. Sullivan’s unwillingness to support limits on campaign finance in races other than his own. [Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Editorial, 6/15/2014]

Alaska Commons:

Dan Sullivan’s ‘Alaska Agreement’ More About Politics than Fairness [Alaska Commons, 6/13/2014]

Washington Post:

On the conference call, Sullivan was repeatedly asked whether he supports” Citizen’s United.” Without answering directly, Sullivan responded that he supports “strong Supreme Court court decisions that strengthen free speech.” Afterward, he affirmed his support for “Citizens United” in a tweet. [Washington Post, 6/10/2023]

Mark Begich supports a constitutional amendment to permanently overturn the Citizens United ruling and has signed the We The People Alaska pledge stating his belief that corporations are not people

Begich has supported transparency efforts such as the DISCLOSE act, legislation Dan Sullivan does not support, and supports Alaska state law which requires ads to disclose top donors.