Big money raised in GOP primary for open Senate seat

Associated PressJuly 31, 2012 

JUNEAU -- More than $170,000 has been raised in the Republican primary for the sprawling open seat in Senate District C.

Former state Sen. Ralph Seekins of Fairbanks reported raising more than $91,000 between Feb. 2 and July 27. The bulk of that, about $60,000, came from Seekins or his wife in the form of direct or in-kind contributions.

Former Alaska labor department commissioner Click Bishop, who began fundraising in May, raised about $69,000, including nearly $5,100 in direct or in-kind contributions between himself and his wife. Labor union political action committees, as well as a number of state employees, were among those who contributed to Bishop, who's from Fairbanks.

David Eastman, of Palmer, raised $10,200 in June and July, though $5,000 of that was a non-monetary contribution from him for stamps.

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