Alaska Senate, 2014

Goal: No Dark Money

We successfully convinced a recalcitrant Mark Begich to make a public commitment to take our pledge.

In Alaska, when the incumbent Mark Begich responded to our pledge challenge by stringing us along and making excuses, we deployed a series of strategic campaign interventions to put pressure on him, including paid ads, op-eds, grassroots lobbying, and activating a network of major donors. Ultimately, our tactics succeeded in bringing Begich to commit publicly to taking our ‘no dark money’ pledge.

Timeline

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    Broadcast Ad • August 21, 2014 CounterPAC calls for a "no dark money" pledge in Alaska

    There’s a simple step that the Senate candidates in Alaska can take to start getting secret money out of politics. CounterPAC is officially calling on Mark Begich and Dan Sullivan to take a mutual pledge rejecting secret money spent on their behalf.

  • Press
    Press • August 22, 2014 Group wants Alaska U.S. Senate candidates to sign campaign finance pledge Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

    Yet another group from outside Alaska is getting involved in the state’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race, but this time it’s a political action committee seeking to get rid of some outside ad spending. Its target: the money from large groups that do not disclose their donors.

    The group, CounterPAC, started running television ads Thursday urging Alaskans to call the campaigns of Democratic Sen. Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan to ask that the candidates condemn so-called “untraceable attack money” or “dark money.”

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  • Press
    Press • September 24, 2014 A simple handshake could restore accountability to Alaska's Senate race Alaska Dispatch News

    In recent years, a tremendous surge in campaign spending from untraceable donors, front groups and shell corporations has eroded our democracy and created an election season that feels more like an auction season. Fortunately for Alaska voters, Senate candidates Mark Begich, Democrat, and Dan Sullivan, Republican, can end the flood of secret money in their race and create an example for the nation with a simple, common-sense agreement.

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  • Press
    Press • October 11, 2014 Begich signs pledge seeking campaign disclosure AP

    en. Mark Begich has signed a pledge calling for the rejection of outside money in the Alaska race unless the funding source for the spending is disclosed and can be traced to a person or an established entity.

    The pledge is from CounterPAC, which has keyed in on several states with contested House and Senate races, seeking greater disclosure in campaign spending. It called on Begich's GOP rival, Dan Sullivan, to sign on, too.

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  • Press
    Press • October 12, 2014 Senate campaigns hit outside-money impasse as Begich pushes new pledge Alaska Dispatch News

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is challenging his Republican opponent, Dan Sullivan, to sign a new pledge that would likely reduce the amount of outside spending in their race by penalizing the candidates if they get support from groups whose donors don’t meet certain transparency standards.

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  • Press
    Press • July 31, 2014 New group jumping into Alaska Senate race AP

    A new group is getting involved in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, aimed at curbing spending by outside groups that don’t disclose their donors.

    CounterPAC wants Democratic Sen. Mark Begich and Republican hopeful Dan Sullivan to disavow any “secret” money spent on their behalves.

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