Peltola targets Natives to reverse slipping support

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Rep. Mary Peltola

Just as Vice President Kamala Harris has been assigned to shore up the black vote for President Joe Biden by headlining events for African-American voters, Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola was stumping for the Native vote on her most recent trip back home to Alaska, in an effort to shore up support.

Flanked by her chief of staff Anton McParland, who also serves as her campaign manager, she appeared at a campaign event over the weekend in Anchorage that targeted Natives, where she has started to see wearing support. According to her slide presentation, the goal is to register more Native voters and “get them set up with absentee ballots” in August, when the Alaska primary election is held.

She doesn’t actually need cash from Alaska Natives because her campaign treasury has millions of dollars from donors primarily outside Alaska. She has over $2.5 million in available campaign cash.

But she does need to invigorate and motivate her base. According to the Alaska Federation of Natives, “Our people make up approximately 20% of the state’s general population. If we vote early (in-person or by mail) or on Election Day, we can determine the direction of Alaska.” AFN believes Natives vote as block.

According to left-leaning polling group Data for Progress, Peltola is slipping with Native voters, thus her focus on using her Native affiliation to restore confidence. In the latest poll, conservative candidate Nick Begich is actually doing better with Native voters than Peltola, although overall, the two are in a 50-50 tie in the March poll among all Alaskans, in a ranked choice match up, with Nancy Dahlstrom eliminated in the first round.

According to the Peltola campaign, “door to door activity is the most fundamental aspect of this plan” to get Natives reengaged, including the strategy to “push youth in their households to vote with them and have more civically engaged youth assist elders in their households.”

In addition to her campaign account, Peltola has a launched political action committee called the “Cache PAC,” which has raised $100,000 so far to support her campaign. Major donors to Peltola’s Cache PAC include people like John Arnold of Texas, whose foundation was one of the main donors to the ballot initiative that brought ranked-choice voting to Alaska. Also donating to the Cache PAC is Melinda Gates, former wife of billionaire Bill Gates. Top Cache PAC donors include:

STALLINGS, NANCY
ANCHORAGE, AK 99507
NOT EMPLOYED$5,000
STALLINGS, MICHAEL
ANCHORAGE, AK 99507
UAA$5,000
WOMER, ROD
NEWBURY PARK, CA 91320
Not Employed$5,000
KARPLUS, BARBARA
NEWBURY PARK, CA 91320
Tax Practitioner$5,000
ARNOLD, JOHN
HOUSTON, TX 77019
Not Employed$5,000
PUYALLUP TRIBE OF INDIANS
TACOMA, WA 98404
$5,000
DUNCAN, RONALD
ANCHORAGE, AK 99503
GCI$5,000
CHAPADOS, GREGORY
ANCHORAGE, AK 99501
GCI$5,000
FRENCH GATES, MELINDA
REDMOND, WA 98052
Pivotal Ventures$1,000
PAWLOWSKI, MICHAEL
ANCHORAGE, AK 99504
NOT EMPLOYED$500
HALL, JOELLE
EAGLE RIVER, AK 99577
NOT EMPLOYED$500
CARTER, PATRICK
ANCHORAGE, AK 99515
CONSULTANT$500
JOULE, REGINALD
KOTZEBUE, AK 99752
J AND H CONSULTING$500

The Cache PAC is funding a lot of the campaign airline travel and on-the-ground fundraising expenses, according to FEC reports. Some of Cache’s donated funds went to the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. United Airlines, American Airlines, and the Alaska Democratic Party were the biggest recipients of the Cache PAC payments since the leadership PAC was launched.

Peltola has also received over $20,000 from the Fair Shot PAC, an East Coast political action committee that supports congressional Democrats exclusively. Some of the major donors to that PAC include John Donahue of Arabella Advisors, one of the dark money groups that has been changing the political landscape of Alaska, and billionaire Bill Gates.

15 COMMENTS

  1. AFN is right, to a point. Natives historically tend to vote Democrat.

    And Princess Lisa, but I repeat myself.

    It’s not quite as uniform as AFN would have you believe, but consider: Walker chose Mallott as running mate, and it got him over the top.

  2. THE NATIVES HAVE TO BUY GROCERIES GAS INSURANCE HEAT & ARE VERY WISE PEOPLE,ENOUGH FAKE RIGGED. VOTE MAGA ALL 5 $ LOAFS ALL. LISA MURKOWSKI IMAGINE WHAT AWAITS A GOD MOCKING OATH BREAKER WHO RIGS ELECTIONS & VOTES EVIL CONSTANTLY MA’AM RESIGN WE THE PEOPLE DONT WANT FAKE.

  3. She is why bush costs keep going up.
    Wait until bush freedoms are taken away.
    Hope the new solar panels work come winter.

  4. She is acting as an Epstein Maxwell handler including the polar institute organizations w the Arctic council where Ghislaine Maxwell was w Alice Rogoff et al, she has all their visitors and Amber Batts customers on her list, that’s why she supports legalizing prostitution. She’s getting paid to by. GCI. The Puyallup Tribe and outside organizations are destroying Alaska. This is why our tribes and native corporations and The Alaska tribal Health Consortium and the Alaska Federation of Natives need to have our elections certified by organizations applying constitutional rules in the voting, now cook inlet handles our elections and they somehow end up with all the contracts violating our constitutional rights that are recognized by the federal government. Manipulation and BS is destroying the organizations meant to represent their members and go ahead on because the sooner we’ll be able to dismantle it and I’m Alaska native and have almost half DNA as indigenous American overall.

  5. The article says, “Nick Begich is actually doing better with Native voters than Peltola, although overall, the two are in a 50-50 tie in the March poll among all Alaskans, in a ranked choice match up, with Nancy Dahlstrom eliminated in the first round.” Please translate precisely what the phrase “with Nancy Dahlstrom eliminated in the first round” actually means. After all, in the RCV general election, there is only one round of voting while there are up to three rounds re-allocating (recounting) votes.

  6. I am praying, praying, praying that the Alaska Natives stand up against her. It is going to take this entire state of Alaska Natives from coast to coast to coast to border to stand together and tell Peltola to leave for good. Alaskans are waking up to the disaster that Peltola is creating. Hopefully, in the end, Peltola will be another one that will be too afraid to walk the streets of her home state because of the awakening that is happening.

  7. Good for them attempting to add new and younger Native voters. It’s the same direction Anchorage Republican districts and Anchorage Women’s group need to go. They need to improve neighbor public relations, increase culture awareness, interact with new eligible registered anchorage voters who don’t vote as well as reconnect with past conservative, Republican, and non partisan unaffiliated voters now delinquent, and meet up with social influencers whom appear non politically affiliated and partner with them because of their followers.

  8. Hey Mary, whats’ the Yup’ik word for abortion, you know, your Most Important campaign issue? Did you get your donation from Kermit Gosnell yet? Cheers –

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