Project Veritas Action released a second video Wednesday. This one shows Sen. Lisa Murkowski being confronted about her campaign staff’s connection to the controversial Ballot Measure 2, the ranked choice voting method that passed in Alaska in 2020 and that was designed to help Sen. Murkowski win reelection.
Sen. Murkowski statements to the Project Veritas Action press secretary, however, did not address the statements made by her own staffers on video. She was measured.
“Ballot Measure 2 was an initiative led by the people in the state of Alaska,” Sen. Murkowski said. “The ballot initiative made it through the Alaska process, and you have the results that you have. All of us here in this state now are living with a new system, and it’s new for all of us.”
If, by “people,” she means her closest advisers designed the ranked choice voting system, raised the $7 million for the campaign, and convinced voters to give it a “yes” vote, then that’s true.
In the first Project Veritas video from Wednesday, staffers for the Murkowski campaign are caught on camera admitting they were involved with the creation and support of Ballot Measure 2, saying that they kept Murkowski’s involvement “quiet.”
Sen. Murkowski’s campaign communications director Shea Siegert admitted that he was a part of “Alaskans for Better Elections,” the group that pushed Ballot Measure 2. Siegert is formerly with the Ship Creek Group, a liberal campaign company that has worked on campaigns for many left-leaning candidates. Below, a 2020 video featuring Siegert and Scott Kendall, discussing the ballot initiative they were pushing on Alaska:
On Tuesday, the investigative reporter confronted Murkowski when the senator had popped in at an Americans for Prosperity event to watch as consumers were able to fill up their gas tanks for half price, at the “True Cost” of Washington policies event.
Murkowski stayed for an hour at the Americans for Prosperity event, which was supposed to be nonpolitical, but which became momentarily political and even a bit tense, when the Project Veritas reporters came onto the scene almost as soon as Murkowski arrived.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka today issued the following statement about the video:
“Lisa Murkowski has never gotten a majority of the vote in her Senate elections, yet she believes that our Senate seat belongs to her – probably because her own father appointed her to the position 21 years ago. These videos confirm her political team engineered a change in state election law to specifically benefit her and preserve her grip on dynastic power. But this Senate seat belongs to the people of Alaska, not just people named Murkowski, and we’re going to take it back no matter what deceptive political games she tries.”