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Darling of the Democrats, Knopp wins support of secretive Outside super PAC

A Democrat-heavy political action committee from the East Coast that is working on over 1,100 legislative races around the country has identified a few races in Alaska to dig into.

The Future Now Fund has the stated intent of preserving a Democrat-controlled House leadership in Alaska, but it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to say who the donors are to the chosen races. All that can be seen at this point is that the group is raising money for Democrats and is targeting 15 states this year.

Future Now Fund’s man on the ground in Alaska is said to be John-Henry Heckendorn, Gov. Bill Walker’s former campaign manager, but Must Read Alaska has not been able to verify this yet; disclosures of expenditures will come as early as 10 days of making them.

For Alaska, the candidates that the group is supporting is odd — most of them are in safe races, and some don’t have opponents:

  • Democrat Rep. Bryce Edgmon, District 37, unopposed.
  • Democrat Rep. Harriet Drummond, District 18, unopposed.
  • Democrat Rep. Sara Hannan, District 33, unopposed.
  • Democrat Andy Josephson, House District 17, unopposed.
  • Stephen Trimble, ultra-left independent running in District 22, trying to unseat Sara Rasmussen.
  • Democrat Rep. Chris Tuck, District 23, unopposed in primary.

And then there’s one who clearly is different: The only Alaska Republican on the Future Now Fund list is Republican Rep. Gary Knopp of District 30.

In fact, Knopp may be the only Republican in the entire country supported by this group, although MRAK did not check more than a couple of dozen names on the list.

Knopp, who used to be a registered Democrat before registering as a Republican, was part of the group that broke from the Republican majority caucus and forged a Democrat-led leadership team in the House starting in 2018. Democrats have not filed a candidate to run against any him over the last two cycles.

This time, he is facing not only a real primary with Republican Ron Gillham and Kelly Wolfe, but if he wins his primary, he has a challenge in the General Election from James Baisden, a Republican who plans to go straight to the General Election ballot to take out Knopp.

Future Now Fund’s website ays the group’s goal for Alaska is to “Defend a bipartisan coalition.

Democrats hold a minority in the State House but control the chamber thanks to some moderate Republicans who are working with mainstream Democrats to form a governing majority focused on the people.” – Future Now Fund website

The organization supports candidates who sign a pledge that says they are committed to, among other things:

  • Expanding affordable healthcare for all Alaskans, including by protecting Medicaid from cuts.
  • Implementing an innovative program to reduce vaccination costs for patients.
  • Pursuing an ambitious vision of an Alaska that leads in renewable energy, driving economic growth that would benefit all Alaskans.

The Future Now Fund is a hybrid political action committee that can operate as a traditional political action committee, contributing funds to the candidates’ campaigns, but also as a super PAC, which operates independently from the campaigns. The so called “Carey Committee” structure means that compliance and reporting are a bit more technical, which is why the group has hired a DC compliance company to manage the money coming in and going out.

Ultimately, Alaskans will not be able to tell who has donated through this committee to the Knopp campaign because donors will be masked until long after the election.

The group can virtually raise no funds outside of Alaska for a State PAC. PACS can give no more than $1,000 to a campaign.

But the way this PAC/Super PAC works is essentially running a campaign funding laundromat. When the Supreme Court struck down Alaska’s tight rein on Outside money, it opened up new PAC activity for Alaska. This is a different, enhanced version of Act Blue.

Read more about the Future Now Fund here.

For more information about this Democrat group backing the Knopp race, follow this link at FollowtheMoney.org

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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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  • It is crystal clear that the radical elite democrats ignore all the laws and ruleS concerning the funding of campaigns in Alaska. If they did not cheat and steal elections the democrats would only have 5 house members and 2 senators. The republican candidates are at a huge disadvantage because they are honest and law abiding. Beware, they are going to do everything possible to illegally and fraudulently steal President Trump’s landslide victory in November. Then they will put Crooked Hillary in charge of that new agency called the Department of Gun Safety and Confiscation. .

  • Knopp is a total POS. Major disrupter in the Legislature and a dumba$$ too. Working hard now to make sure he gets the boot. Good report, Suzanne!

  • Gary Knopp is the principle reason our family stays tuned into Alaska politics. We are all donating to Knopp’s opponents, both in the primary, or later in the general. It is our objective intent to see him go down.

  • Thank you DONNA.!!!!

  • Aside from not playing by the rules, in what way is he a dumb*ss?

    I’m not trying to be provocative here… I haven’t been paying attn to whatever it is he does that polarizes voters.

    • TB, Knopp thought he could be Speaker after about three weeks of shifting around between being a Democrat or a Republican, thinking he was fooling everyone. Isn’t that kinda being a DUMB….A$$?

  • Oh Gary. You are such a fraud. Bet your family is so proud of you….

    • Gas station attendant. Very used car salesman. Carnival barker. Kenai: you gotta do better, folks.

    • I’ll go with gas station attendant. Goober Pyle. Or is it Bozo?

      • Knopp is a cartoon character. Getting closer to Elmer Fudd. That’s all, folks.

  • With the vote being split so many ways, it may be hard to rid ourselves of Knopp.

    • Get these other R candidates into a pact to beat Knopp. It’s for the good of the Peninsula.

  • Bryce doesn’t like natives. My opinion.

    • Pets dogs and kissed babies while he steals their lollipops. One reason why I left Alaska. He had my boss’ phone number.

  • Apparently in his district, if you voice your 1st amendment rights, someone calls up and threatens your career. This happened.

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