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Pro-Begich group reports $3.6 million in income in latest filing

Nathaniel Herz

The independent group that has been supporting Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich’s re-election efforts reported Monday that it had raised $3.6 million between April 1 and June 30, with almost all the money coming from another group in Washington, D.C., that supports Senate Democrats.

The pro-Begich group, a so-called super PAC named Put Alaska First, said it raised about $3.5 million from the Senate Majority PAC, which is controlled by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

It also collected $50,000 from local businessman B.J. Gottstein and $25,000 from a California casino that’s owned and operated by a Native American tribe.

Put Alaska First is run by Anchorage political consultant Jim Lottsfeldt and has released a string of ads attacking Republican primary candidate Dan Sullivan.

It said it spent about $3.6 million during the reporting period ending June 30 and had just $5,000 on hand as of that date.