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Sullivan’s Ad Problems: Endorsement From Anti-Alaska Group

Group once advocated selling Alaska back to Russia


Dan Sullivan’s growing record of campaign ad blunders includes his endorsement from the anti-Alaska Club for Growth will begin spending money on television ads in Alaska starting this week.

In recent years, the notoriously secretive Club for Growth has raised and spent over $700,000 in Alaska trying to unseat Don Young, and called for donors of Senator Lisa Murkowski to seek refunds during her 2010 campaign.

“A DC-based group - who once advocated selling Alaska back to Russia - telling Alaskans who to vote for is just insulting. Alaskans are tired of Outside groups coming in telling them what to think and who to vote for,” said Max Croes, Alaskans for Begich Communications Director.

Sullivan featured his anti-Alaska endorsement in a campaign advertisement proclaiming “Alaskans are supporting Dan Sullivan.” The ad contained zero endorsements from Alaskans, only quotes from the DC-based Club for Growth.

Sullivan also ran an ad calling for “results not talk” on top of downtown Anchorage’s Dena’ina Center, oblivious to the fact that the center’s construction was championed and shepherded through by then Mayor Mark Begich.

According to Congressman Young the Club for Growth is “one of the most extreme groups in Washington D.C.” with an Anti-Alaska agenda of cutting funding for veterans, seniors and Alaska Native education.

Club for Growth Record in Alaska:

  • In 2008 the Club for Growth opposed Congressman Don Young in the U.S. House primary.
  • In 2010 the Club for Growth endorsed Joe Miller in the U.S. Senate race and spent over $300,000 against Senator Lisa Murkowski.
  • The Club for Growth fought for the ban on earmarks, a practice that has helped Alaska build critical roads, hospitals, military infrastructure, and ports.