Bethany Marcum: Don’t get fooled by imposter group posing as freedom-loving patriots

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By BETHANY MARCUM | STATE DIRECTOR, AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY

As the Alaska legislative session is in full swing, we at Americans for Prosperity-Alaska continue to mobilize our local grassroots volunteers to fight for freedom and opportunity in The Last Frontier. All the while, an imposter organization within the state is trying to mislead Alaskans about who we are and what we do.

AFP-AK is part of the broader Americans for Prosperity network, comprised of 36 state chapters, that exists to drive long-term policy solutions to our nation’s biggest challenges. Our state chapter is run by Alaskans and has been active since 2014. Over the past decade, we have been laser-focused on promoting and advocating for policies that will expand freedom and prosperity in our state. 

Recently, an imposter group, Alaskans for Posterity, has been promoting digital, mail, and radio ads.  While that group shares a similar sounding name, we have very different priorities.

We want to be unequivocally clear: Americans for Prosperity – Alaska, and Alaskans for Posterity are completely separate organizations with vastly different values and goals. Unfortunately, since its creation in 2021, Alaskans for Posterity appears to have intentionally misled Alaskans by exploiting the longstanding Americans for Prosperity brand for partisan purposes. 

Funding and incorporation papers for Alaskans for Posterity are connected to the Ship Creek Group, a well-known Alaska-based Democratic political campaign and advocacy firm. We have observed a consistent pattern of shady tactics; when AFP-AK takes a stance on a key issue before the legislature, Alaskans for Posterity will then vocally come out in direct opposition using the AFP acronym. This is nothing more than an attempt to sow confusion on critical issues facing Alaskans. We call on Alaskans for Posterity to immediately stop these deceptive games. 

The AFP-AK chapter will continue to focus our efforts this year on activities and policies that will help Alaskans prosper. We are opposed to defined benefits pension proposals currently advancing in the Legislature which could create new state debt of over $9 billion in the future. AFP-AK grassroots volunteers recently visited the State Capitol to voice opposition to these misguided proposals. We are also urging the Legislature to prioritize education reforms that would equip parents with an array of options and lead to better student outcomes. Alaska must pass K-12 reforms that give families more choices that fund students – not buildings and bureaucracies. 

AFP-AK will continue to drive accountability by informing the public about those elected officials who stifle efforts to create more opportunity in Alaska. Lastly, our separate but aligned political action committee works very hard to elect new legislators who prioritize freedom, and protect those whose votes demonstrate the same.

Americans for Prosperity-Alaska looks forward to continuing this vital work throughout our great state in 2024. We invite you to get involved with our chapter and join us in the fight.  

Bethany Marcum is a longtime Alaskan and state director of Americans for Prosperity-Alaska.

11 COMMENTS

  1. THANK YOU for the warning ⚠️ It is extremely frustrating for people to be able to get the truth when shady organizations keep springing up.🇺🇸

  2. When Biden used the term “illegal alien” he had to apologize for stating the truth. “Citizen” is a white privilege term.

  3. At least the folks associated with the ship creek group (Assembly majority) picked an appropriate name considering their actions except they misspelled ship.

  4. Would be interesting to see the amount of funding that has been mis-directed by people not realizing the difference in the wording of the organizations. Easy mistake.

  5. Ah, yes. April Fool’s is right around the corner. If my very Republican mother were still alive, she’d still be laughing as she retold the story, and end with, “you can’t make this up.”

    • It should be actionable, and Bethany’s group should use the issue to start a fundraising campaign to support the lawsuit.

  6. We need to also stress the importance of any BSA increase be tied to student outcomes and accountability! A $680 increase is ridiculous and will cost 1/4 billion dollars every year to failing schools with no input on how that money will be spent! Where will that money come from? You PFD. Please continue to contact your legislators to say NO to this outrageous increase!

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