Tough talk, lots of money, and a congressional race quickly running out of road

Rebecca Palsha— October 26th, 2018

Anchorage, AK— Independent congressional candidate Alyse Galvin and incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Young have traded barbs and tough words as their fight for Alaska's sole House seat quickly comes to a close.

Both campaigns have lots of money, both from Alaskans as well as individuals and donor groups from outside the state.

But, Young's largest contributor can't actually vote for him.

According to Federal Election Commission reports, Jae-Joo Park, who lists his employer as Fishermen's Finest Inc. in Kirkland Washington, donated $4,100 to the campaign.

Galvin's largest contributor is the owner of the Red Onion Saloon in Skagway, having contributed $2,700.

"You know, she's just someone that Alyse called on the phone and talked to and they had a great conversation, and she chipped in a little bit, then she came in with a lot more later," said Chantal de Alcuaz, finance director for the Galvin campaign.

Galvin's top three donors during the primary and the general election are from Alaska, while Young's top three donors from both the primary and general elections are from Washington state, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

FEC reports show that Galvin has about $1.4 million, but according to her campaign, that number is actually higher.

"As of today we've surpassed $1.6 million," de Alcuaz said.

According to the Galvin campaign, the average donation is $16.25, and that 70 percent of its donors are Alaskan.

"98 percent of our money is from individuals," de Alcuaz said. "About half of Don's money is from PACs, so it shows individual people believe in this campaign versus special interest and corporations."

Young's campaign didn't return an email for comment on his campaign contributions, but during a recent debate between Galvin and Young, the congressman snapped at Galvin when she took a jab at his PAC donations.

"I am amazed to listen to my so-called opponent when she's already nasty," Young said. "I thought this was going to be a civilized campaign."

Galvin has been working since January to build support for her campaign to try and nab the seat occupied by Young since 1973.

She's an activist and volunteer with the Great Alaska Schools, an organization that campaigns for public school funding. She's also a first-time political candidate.

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