Young's primary challengers report little campaign cash

Becky BohrerAssociated Press

JUNEAU -- U.S. Rep. Don Young holds a massive cash advantage over his rivals heading into next month's primary.

According to the Federal Election Commission, neither of Young's two little-known challengers in the GOP primary -- John Cox or Terre Gales -- had reported any financial activity. And personal loans have helped to support the Democratic candidate with the most cash on hand as of June 30, Matt Moore.

Moore, who announced his candidacy in May, reported raising $2,685 during the second quarter. Moore, who has a medical consulting business, also loaned his campaign more than $18,500. He ended the reporting period with about $9,240 on hand. He also reported about $1,026 in debts and obligations, other than the loans, for unemployment and payroll taxes.

Frank Vondersaar, the only other Democratic candidate to have second quarter fundraising posted by FEC as of Monday morning, stated he had $185 on hand as of June 30.

By comparison, Young had more than $576,000 on hand.

Sunday was the deadline for reporting fundraising between April 1 and June 30. Young reported raising more than $118,600.

Moore said Monday that between work and the campaign, he hasn't been able to do as much fundraising as he'd like. He acknowledged Young's cash total is "a mountain that we have to climb."

If he wins the Democratic primary, which he believes he will, he plans to step away from work to focus on the race.

The other Democratic candidates are state Rep. Sharon Cissna, Debra Chesnut and Doug Urquidi. Libertarian Jim McDermott also is running. There were no second-quarter reports listed for them on the FEC website Monday.

Moore said he got into the race both to give Alaskans a choice other than Young "steamrolling" his way back to Washington and because of concerns about Alaska's future. He said the state needs fresh perspective and new ideas in Washington.

A Young spokesman didn't immediately return a message.

Associated Press