JUNEAU -- Opponents of an initiative to restore a coastal management program in Alaska have vastly out-raised supporters, taking in about 12 times as much money during the latest reporting period.
Financial disclosures released this week show "Vote No on 2" raised $718,700 in June and July, with more than $49,000 in additional in-kind contributions. Much of the money came in big checks from mining and resource development groups. Shell Oil, for example, wrote a check for $150,000. The Alaska Miners Association wrote one for $120,000 -- part of the more than $158,000 in direct and non-monetary contributions, like staff time, from that group alone.
Unlike in other races, there are no limits to what an individual, business, union or group can give to a ballot group in Alaska.
The Alaska Sea Party, the group behind the initiative, raised about $63,600 from April through July 30, including about $3,000 in non-monetary contributions. The biggest donors during the period were the North Slope Borough, which gave about $15,100, and Robert Gillam and the Bristol Bay Native Corp., which each gave $10,000.
The start of the time period covered by the reports is different, because the opposition group formed later than the Alaska Sea Party.
Vote No on 2 reported about $30,600 on hand, and nearly $68,700 in debts as of Monday. The Alaska Sea Party had about $2,600 on hand.
The initiative will appear on the Aug. 28 primary ballot.