Alaska conservative Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka absolutely crushed incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the important metrics of in-state contributions and small dollar grassroots donations, according to just-filed 2nd Quarter 2021 Federal Election Commission reports. Tshibaka outraised Murkowski among Alaskans by more than four times, and among small grassroots donors by eight-and-a-half times. These limited financial contributions from Alaska show that Murkowski has lost the support of Alaskans.
For the second quarter in a row, Tshibaka soundly beat Murkowski in contributions from Alaskans, as nearly half of Tshibaka’s funds came from state residents, while Murkowski attracted only 6 percent of her total from Alaskans. Tshibaka raised 45 percent of her funds from small donors (under $200), a sign of impressive grassroots support, while Murkowski raised only 3 percent through small donations. As is typical, Murkowski relied heavily on Washington, D.C.-connected Political Action Committees, which accounted for nearly a quarter (24 percent) of her fundraising.
“I am proud to have the support of thousands of Alaskans and grassroots supporters who are backing the call to take back Alaska’s Senate seat from the Washington, D.C. insiders,” Tshibaka said. “Lisa Murkowski’s numbers again prove what we all know to be true: she is part of the Washington, D.C. elite and she is beholden to the power brokers, not the people of our great state.”
Tshibaka, who announced her candidacy just three days before the end of the 1st Quarter of 2021, has raised $759,098.21 in total, including $544,253.79 in the 2nd Quarter. Tshibaka has already raised more money than Murkowski’s three top opponents each raised for their entire campaigns in 2016.
In dollar amounts from Alaska donors, Tshibaka raised more than four times as much as Murkowski – a margin of about $266,000 to $63,000. Among small grassroots donors, Tshibaka bested Murkowski by a spread of about $244,000 to only $29,000, or almost eight-and-a-half times as much.
Once again, Murkowski’s finance report reads like a “Who’s Who” of the D.C. Swamp, as she leaned on support from her fellow senators, including Sen. Angus King’s leadership PAC, and other powerful PACs, including: Amazon, Americans for Action on Climate Fund, AT&T, BAE Systems, Blue Origin, Capital One, CVS, Discover, Dow, Environmental Defense Action Fund, General Dynamics, Samsung, Siemens, Boeing, Toyota, Vail Resorts Employee Political Action, Walmart, General Atomics, Dominion, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Honeywell, American Express, Comcast, General Electric, American Dental PAC, and Lowe’s.