In the first week, “Dunleavy for Alaska” has raised $560,000 in pledged donations.
The group announced its launch last week as an entity that is a separate effort from the Dunleavy campaign itself. It is what is known as an “independent expenditure group” that cannot coordinate with the campaign.
Dunleavy for Alaska may be the largest political action committee to take part in a governor’s race in Alaska, certainly this early in the cycle.
The group also launched its website.
Bob Penney, Josh Pepperd, Bob Griffin, and Francis Dunleavy pledged the cash, and other donors have stepped forward, said Terre Gales, the chair of the group. Francis is Mike Dunleavy’s brother.
The political action committee will roll out ads on Super Bowl Sunday in Fairbanks, Mat-Su and Anchorage. The ads will show during the game, and will also be seen on television during the Winter Olympic Games.
Anchorage-based Porcaro Communications was hired to place the television and radio advertisements.
Mike Dunleavy announced his race for governor and resigned from the Alaska Senate this month to devote his time to his campaign. He is from Wasilla.