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Dunleavy support PAC funds roll in

AS EXPECTED

The group “Dunleavy for Alaska” has received more than $250,000 of the $560,000 initially pledged to support the campaign of Mike Dunleavy, who is running for governor. The group formed in late January.

The majority of the funds received have come from Alaskans, including $100,000 from real estate investor Bob Penney; and $50,000 from Alaskan Josh Pepperd, who is president of Davis Constructors and Engineers. Francis Dunleavy, the brother of candidate Dunleavy, has added $100,000, and Alaskan Bob Griffin, the group’s treasurer, has pledged $10,000.

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An earlier media report this week stated the majority of the funds were from Francis Dunleavy. However, others who pledge funds had been traveling and had not written their checks, according to a statement from the group, which added that additional pledges are on the sidelines to be called in as the group needs them.

The political action committee, or “independent expenditure group,” is also spending funds.

In addition to a statewide radio advertising buy it made earlier this month, and an ad during the Super Bowl, Dunleavy for Alaska has added $35,000 to its radio ad budget for February alone, according to FCC records. Ads will be heard in every part of the state.

Dunleavy for Alaska is separate PAC and cannot coordinate with the campaign of Mike Dunleavy, which is called Alaskans for Dunleavy.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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