Local political candidates for state house and state senate positions enter the final week of the campaign with plenty of cash on hand – a bit more than $86,000 among the eight local candidates – for whatever last-minute expenses they want to incur in an effort to get the vote on Nov. 8.
A look at the “thirty-day” campaign disclosure forms required by the Alaska Public Offices Commission to be filed one month prior to the general election show that income and expenditures for local candidates were active in the early fall time. The October “thirty-day” campaign disclosure forms cover the time period between Aug 7, 2016, and Oct. 7, 2016.
According to the APOC reports, nearly $161,000 has been spent by candidates in the four local races being decided along with the national election the second Tuesday in November.
In Eagle River’s House District 14 race between Lora Reinbold, the Republican incumbent, and Joseph Hackenmueller, the independent challenger, Hackenmueller maintains about a $1,000 lead on Reinbold in terms of cash on hand on Oct. 7 – the end of the reporting period.
Reinbold reported having $10,375.77 of cash on hand; Hackenmueller reported $11,718.63.
However, for the overall campaign, Reinbold’s income for her campaign was nearly $25,000 more than that of Hackenmueller. Reinbold reported having a total campaign income of $55,092.17; Hackenmueller reported a total of $32,287.
The battle between the two for the District 14 seat has cost just a bit more than $70,000 with Hackenmueller indicating he’s spent $20,568.37 as of Oct. 7 and Reinbold indicating her total expenditures were just shy of $50,000 at $49,713.20.
Where the Money Came From
A large portion of Hackenmueller’s financial support during the two-month period from Aug. 7 to Oct. 7 came from Anchorage-based unions.
Four labor groups – the Alaska Laborers Local 341, the IUOE (International Union of Operating Engineers) Local 302, the United Association Local 367 and Putting Alaskans First – each gave Hackenmueller $1,000. NEA Alaska-Pace based out of Juneau also gave Hackenmueller’s campaign $1,000.
He received $500 each from the following: the Alaska Professional Firefighters Association, Teamster Alive-Gaming based in Anchorage and the International Association of Firefighters PAC Local 1264 as well as from private citizens, Ellen Hackenmueller, a project assistant with the state in Juneau, Kimberly McNamara, an administrator with the Juneau School District and Peter Panarese of Eagle River.
Hackenmueller’s total income reported during the two month time period was $14,407.16. He reported having spent $5,043.56 on his campaign during the same time.
Reinbold reported income of $14,332.20 from Aug. 7 to Oct. 7 – $5,000 of which came from Reinbold herself, according to documents at APOC online.
The Anchorage Republican Women’s Club gave Reinbold $1,500 in September.
The Alaska Realtor’s Public Action based in Anchorage donated $1,000.
Contributors listed as donating $500 to Reinbold’s campaign include the Alaska CHARR (Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association), Anneliese Cooper, an Eagle River realtor, the Valley Republican Women based in Willow and James Udelhoven, owner of Udelhoven Oil Field Services in Kasilof. Grigorious Gaiannulis of Chugiak and owner of Mike’s Meats in Eagle River gave Reinbold $499.
Political names adding to Reinbold’s coffers were Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, $250; and Rick Mystrom, former Anchorage mayor, $250.
Retiring State Sen. Bill Stoltze gave Reinbold $25.
Where the Money Went
Reinbold spent $11,119.72. Some of her largest expenses include $1,540 to Alaska Laser Printing for printing campaign mailers – this expense was listed twice on Aug. 21. Reinbold also spent $1,554.11 on Aug. 25 for election night facilities, food, and drinks. On Aug. 7, she paid two payments – one for $250 and another for $1,000 to Mediaegg Consutling, LLC, of Anchorage for what is listed on APOC’s online forms as “social medial communications.”
Hackenmueller listed the Ship Creek Group, LLC, in Anchorage as having received $1,300 in three different payments for consulting, copying, creative support and strategic oversight. He also listed PIP Printing for $666.89 in two payments – $558.06 and 108.83 – for bifold mailer printing and postage. Hackenmueller also spent $479.48 worth of envelopes and stamps at Costco.
Despite beating his primary race opponent quite handily in August, Rep. Dan Saddler, a Republican representing House District 13 which covers parts of Eagle River, Birchwood, and Chugiak, has spent $20,471.76 in his fight to retain his seat in the state legislature. In total, Saddler’s campaign has raised $32,336.24, according to APOC reports.
Some of Saddler’s largest contributors include: the BP Alaska Employee PAC, $1,000; Robert Penney, who made two $500 contributions – one as a self-employed real estate investor and one as an administrator with Soldotna-based Penco Properties; the AGC (Associated General Contractors) PAC, $500; Jim Jansen, chairman of Lynden Transportation, $500; the ASHNHA (Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association) based in Juneau, $500; and Alaska Build of Anchorage, $250.
Some of Saddler’s reported campaign expenses include paying Advanced Design of Chugiak $522.50 for design production services as well as paying Technipress of Anchorage $381.08 for rack cards and $2,365.11 for postage and sorting for a district-wide mail piece. Saddler also bought the campaign a laptop from Best Buy for $1,123.97 and a Milwaukee cordless drill from Home Depot for $199.
Three-Way Race for District 12
More than $23,000 has been spent by the three candidates vying for this seat in the state House.
Incumbent Cathy Tilton has sizable financial ammunition left as she heads into the final week of this race.
Tilton’s total campaign income reported was $32,378.23. Her reported expenses are $14,856.32. She reported having $17,521.91 cash on hand as of Oct. 7.
Democratic contender Gretchen Wehmhoff of Chugiak has spent $8,165.57 of the $14,322.91 her campaign has raised. She reported having $6,155 cash on hand.
Karen Perry, also of Chugiak, is the Alaska Constitution Party candidate. Her campaign war chest is much smaller than her opponents: Perry has spent $202.51 of the $1,108 her campaign has raised.
Between Aug. 7 and Oct. 7, Perry received $100 from her sponsoring party and $500 from Bradford Keithley, an Anchorage-based consultant.
Tilton has received financial backing from within the state’s construction industry, private pilots, and realtors.
The Associated General Contractors based in Anchorage and the Alaska State Homebuilders gave Tilton $500and $250, respectively. Jess Hall, owner of Hall Custom Homes contributed $500. Doyle Holmes, the owner of Willow Hardware, added $300 to Tilton’s campaign.
Tilton received $500 from Alaska Sea Pilot based in Ketchikan and $250 from Richard Murphy, a private pilot based in Dutch Harbor.
The Alaska Realtors of Anchorage gave Tilton $1,000.
She received $500 from the Alaska Hospital and Nursing Association in Juneau. From political-based donors, Tilton received $250 from the Alaska Republican Party and the Valley Republican Women’s Club each. Tilton received a $350.17 reimbursement from the Pruitt for House campaign originated from a fundraiser earlier in the summer, according to the APOC forms.
Her largest expenses listed were a $500 sponsorship of a Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks baseball game, $1,017.08 to Service Business Printing of Anchorage, $79.45 for parade candy from Costco and $29.69 for a hammer from Spenard Builders Supply.
Wehmhoff has received support from some obvious donors: the House Democratic Campaign Committee, $500; the Mat-Su Democrats, $1,000 and the Alaska Women for Political Action, $450.
She also received $970 from the Mary McKinnon Fund based in Anchorage; $250 from Carol Comeau, former Anchorage School District superintendent now living in Washington state; $200 from Tom Begich, a musical consultant from Anchorage; and $100 from Debbie Ossiander, former Anchorage Assembly member, from Chugiak.
Race to Replace Bill Stoltze
The two-way race between Tim Hale, independent, and Shelley Hughes, Republican, for the State Senate District F seat has cost more than $47,000.
Hughes – with a nearly $53,000 campaign war chest as compared to Hale’s nearly $13,000 of campaign finances – has outspent her opponent five to one.
Hughes has spent $39,071.89; Hale has spent $7,947.73.
In the two-month time period covered by the latest APOC-mandated report, Hale reports himself as one of his largest contributors with $4,000. The IUOE Local 302 PAC based in Anchorage and the Employees Political Information Committee based in Juneau each gave Hale $1,000.
Corey T. White of Alaska Cellular and Satellite gave $350. Caleb Saunders, owner of Green Jar, and Dan Bush, a surveyor, each gave $250.
Hale’s largest reported expenses were payment of $2,5000 to Terrence Shanigan for technology services; two payments of $280 and $2,310 to Color Art Printing in Anchorage; and four payments totaling nearly $520 to the UPS Store in Palmer.
Hale also paid $135 to ATS Portable Toilets for porta potty rental for a Sept. 9, 2016, event.
Hughes received a huge boost of $7,500 on Oct. 6, 2016, for her campaign from the ARP Senate Majority Fund.
Contributing $1,000 each to Hughes campaign are listed the following: Alaska Doctor’s of Optometry PAC, Alaska Realtors Political Action based in Anchorage, Alaska Sea Pilot PAC based in Ketchikan, ALPAC, Mat-Su Republican Women’s Club, MTA (Matanuska Telephone Association) Employee PAC and the Valley Republican Women’s Club.
Listed as giving $500: Associated General Contracting-Gaming, Alaska Republican Party, District 11 and District 12, each respectively, BP Alaska Employee PAC, Capital City Republican Women, Conoco Phillips Employee PAC, Dave Grabowsky, owner of Standard Plumbing and Heating, Lyda Green, Amy Hall and Robert Hall, owners of Gorilla Fireworks, each respectively, Martin James, owner of Valley Chiropractic, Corey Mulder, owner of GEM Media, Jon Shepherd, owner of New Horizons Technology and Kenny Stephens, general contractor.
Hughes expenses during the Aug. 7 to Oct. 7 time period included $6,125 to Optima for various advertising, radio and signage needs, $1,000 to Anchor Public Relations for campaign management, $940 to the U.S. Postal Service for postage, $350 to Dittman Research for voter outreach and $797.40 to the Campobello Bistro in Anchorage for a fundraising event.
Editor’s Note: My political transparency award goes to Shelley Hughes for her 164 pages of financial reporting on APOC’s website. A large portion of it is due to Hughes’ listing of each individual contribution from the Public Safety Employees Association. It was a lot of material to sort. It also was also refreshing to see a thoroughly complete list that gives voters wishing to dedicate enough time to read or scan it all a full look at who Hughes’ supporters are