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Pirate? Campaign reports come in, with ‘aargh’ donor occupations


Demetrie Alexander of Fort Yukon, Alaska donated $100 to the campaign of Ed Alexander, a Democrat running for the District 6 House seat against incumbent Dave Talerico, who is a Republican. These two candidates will appear on the District 6 General Election ballot in November.

As required for all donors to political campaigns in Alaska, Demetrie had to reveal his occupation.

He listed his job title as “Pirate.”

Demetrie named his employer as “Porcupine River Timber.”

Demetrie, the former magistrate of Fort Yukon, has evidently turned to pirating in his later years. He is among the thousands of donors listed in recent Alaska Public Offices Commission reports from campaigns — with donors who reveal everything from being a “Former Gov.,” the job title listed for Bill Sheffield (who donated to the campaign of current Gov. Bill Walker) and a “maid,” the occupation listed by someone who gave to the governor as well.

Candidates are required to file their 7-day reports by today with the commission and are now on a 24-hour reporting cycle, when they must report all funds received every day so the public can see where the money is coming from in the last week.

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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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