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Recall Rivera: How much has each side raised?

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Felix Rivera, the acting Assembly chairman of Anchorage, is the subject of a recall campaign that pits frustrated Anchorage residents, who feel the city is being mismanaged, against Rivera’s Big Union and Democrat supporters.

The groups’ 30-day reports shows that they are roughly evenly matched for dollars.

The Recall Rivera group has raised $9,715 to convince the voters of Assembly District 4 to vote yes to recall Rivera on the ballot that is being mailed on Monday, March 15.

Recall Rivera has $1,000 donations from Dr. Russell Biggs, Rosemary Borchardt and Roger Briley, and other more modest contributions. There are no union participants. Biggs has been the driving force behind the recall campaign.

The “no recall” group has raised $8,727. No Recall Rivera is supported by $1,000 from the National Education Association Alaska PAC, and another $1,000 from the AFL-CIO, as well as the wife of the mayor of Anchorage, who kicked in $450. The “no” group owes the Alaska Democratic Party $1,000, so far for campaign database access services.

Rivera is part of a trio of elected officials running Anchorage, all of whom are “acting.” There’s Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson, Acting Chairman Felix Rivera, and Acting Vice Chairman John Weddleton.

The acting government occurred upon the sudden resignation on Oct. 23 of former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, who was caught, literally, with his pants down on camera.

As of the 30-day report, required by law, the No Recall group had $6,610 to work with for the coming 30 days, while Recall Rivera had $9,322.

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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.

Latest comments

  • I hope the Citizens of that District Recall him and send a message to the rest of the Assembly that we will not put up with their blantant disregard of us.

    • They won’t.

  • Every time I see this photo I am thinking mug shot.

    • Looks like a screen-grab while appearing via video for court arraignment – which seems appropriate.
      The entire Anchorage muni government is “acting”…..badly.

  • We can see how the NEA and AFL-CIO is against the people and city. The union leadership is a bunch of corrupt fools, pissing away the hard earned dues from the membership.

  • Only individual private contributions should ever be allowed. Corporate and Union contributions should be illegal.

  • Why is it all pictures of democrats have that Charles Manson cult-leader look in their eyes..?

  • I feel sorry for this Felix person. What I don’t feel sorry for are the fools in the district who voted for him. That’s the real problem we face. Moron uninformed voters. It is you / them that are destroying our city, state and Nation. There will always be a Felix or others of his foolish ilk out there however it’s your job to use discernment and figure it out but apparently you cannot. Too wrapped up in all your whatever lifestyle to get a clue. You’re the problem. You people.

  • Actually it’s far worse than even that.

  • One dollar should be sufficient to remove perfidious Felix ‘the stray’.

  • As I mentioned the candidate who has more money then another does not vote the person in.. Yes it helps in the campaign to pay off campaign expenses…but the final vote is of and for the people that counts. Just because you have more $$ DOES NOT MEAN THEY WILL win the vote. I’ve gotten tired of people saying who has the most money wins.. It depends upon what he is running for.

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