Candidates and sitting Democrat politicians in Anchorage are among the many liberal donors to the 2017-2018 campaign of Ethan Berkowitz, the now-disgraced mayor of Anchorage, whose last day is Friday.
While they were donating to Berkowitz, the mayor was finishing up his first term in Anchorage. He went to fundraisers. He spoke at rallies. He was the social justice warrior mayor, the politician who now won’t even answer questions from his friends at the Anchorage Daily News.
And Berkowitz was already deep into a sexting relationship with one reporter, Maria Athens, although he may have been in sexting relationship with at least one other reporter, Must Read Alaska has learned.
There were dozens of naked photos of Berkowitz in Athens’ phone, according to a person who saw them earlier this month. The pictures include those of a well-used pink dildo that was referred to by participants as “PeeEthan.”
The relationship, as explained by Berkowitz, happened “several years ago,” and was just “messaging,” but actually went from at least 2016 to 2017 and possibly later, according to MRAK sources. A private investigator is now on the trail to uncover the actual nature of the relationship. There’s a lot more to it than what people know.
One could say Mayor Berkowitz was in bed with the press that was covering him. As the highest elected Democratic Party official in Alaska, he was on track to run for governor in 2022; “was” is the operative word here.
Although the phone message left by Athens on Berkowitz’ answering machine states emphatically she will kill him and his wife, a threat that is at least a Class C felony, police did not charge her with that crime of terroristic threats. Such a charge would result in Berkowitz being called to the witness stand and having to reveal the nature of their relationship. Even as he steps aside, he’s being protected by the police and district attorneys.
The leading man for the Democrats has thousands in his inner circle who have contributed to his rise to power, but those who are either currently in office or trying for higher office include:
Stephen Trimble, running against Sara Rasmussen for House District 22. He donated $500 to Ethan in 2018. Trimble is running as a fake independent, but with the backing of Democrats.
Suzanne LaFrance, running for House District 28 against Republican James Kaufman, donated $200 in 2017.
Matt Claman, incumbent Democrat for District 21, donated $250 in 2017 and $250 in 2018.
Forrest Dunbar, current Assemblyman running for mayor of Anchorage, donated $50 to Berkowitz in 2017 and $50 in 2018.
Andy Holleman, running against Sen. Josh Revak for Senate Seat M, donated $100 in 2017, and $100 in 2018..
Austin Quinn-Davidson, incoming acting mayor of Anchorage, donated $100 in 2017.
Ivy Spohnholz, incumbent in District 16, donated $100 in 2017.
Liz Snyder, running against Rep. Lance Pruitt for House District 27, gave $50 in 2018.
Harriet Drummond, incumbent for District 18, donated $100 in 2017.
John Weddleton, Assembly member, gave $500 in 2017.
Chris Constant, Assembly member, donated $500 in 2018.
Eric Croft, running for Anchorage mayor, gave $500 in 2017, and $250 in 2018.
Zack Fields, incumbent for District 20, donated $150 in 2017, and $500 in 2018.
Elvi Gray-Jackson, incumbent for Senate Seat I, donated $100 in 2017.
Alyse Galvin donated both in 2017 and 2018. She’s running for Congress.
Pollster Ivan Moore donated $500 in 2018.
Scott Kendall, who heads up the Recall Dunleavy Committee, donated $250 in 2018. His wife donated as well.