Bishop outraises Seekins, has money edge over him

Associated PressAugust 22, 2012 

JUNEAU -- Former Labor commissioner Click Bishop raised more than $22,800 over three weeks in his bid to win the GOP nomination for an open state Senate seat.

Bishop reported having more than $20,500 on hand as of Aug. 18 for the seat stretching from Valdez to Fairbanks.

One of his GOP rivals in the Senate District C race, former state Sen. Ralph Seekins, reported raising about $17,000 between July 28 and Aug. 18 and having about $7,100 on hand. The other, David Eastman, reported raising about $8,500, and having $4,800 on hand.

The fundraising totals include non-monetary contributions. Both Bishop and Seekins have reported ad buys.

Altogether, Seekins and Bishop alone have raised more than $200,000, with Seekins giving tens of thousands of dollars to his own campaign.

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