Politics

Cash for super PAC backing Dunleavy for Alaska governor comes mostly from his brother in Texas

The "Dunleavy for Alaska" super PAC that's boosting former Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy's gubernatorial campaign is bankrolled almost entirely by his brother in Texas, according to a campaign finance report.

The group has raised $110,600, according to the report filed Saturday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission; $100,000 came from Francis Dunleavy, a retired JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive whose home address is in Houston, according to the report.

Francis Dunleavy, reached by phone Monday, wouldn't answer questions from a reporter and hung up.

Mike Dunleavy is one of several candidates seeking the Republican Party's nomination in this year's gubernatorial race; he's the only one with a super PAC supporting his campaign.

The group bought its first round of advertising last week, spending $87,000 on radio and television ads, including some that ran during the Super Bowl.

Dunleavy for Alaska said in a prepared statement last week that its backers have "pledged" to give $560,000 — a substantial amount with the election still nine months away. But only a fraction of that amount has so far been transferred to the group, according to Saturday's report.

A political consultant working with Dunleavy for Alaska, Matt Larkin, said more than half of the $560,000 in promised cash comes from Alaskans, though he wouldn't provide an exact breakdown.

The group's three other donors besides Francis Dunleavy all come from inside the state: developer and sportfishing advocate Bob Penney; conservative activist Bob Griffin; and construction executive Josh Pepperd.

Of the $110,600 disclosed in Saturday's report, $10,000 came from Penney, $500 came from Griffin and $100 came from Larkin.

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