A Thursday evening at Bell’s Nursery was just the ticket for 150 Anchorage residents who came out to hear from Kelly Tshibaka, a Republican running for U.S. Senate. It was not an event for high-rollers or influence peddlers from inside the Beltway in D.C.. Instead, the people who attended the fundraiser were some of the same people who got Mayor Dave Bronson elected in Anchorage — the grassroots.
A Tshibaka campaign insider told Must Read Alaska it was the biggest grassroots fundraiser Tshibaka has had in Alaska, all contributions coming from small donations.
Tshibaka is running with far fewer funds than the incumbent, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who has millions of dollars not only in her own campaign but in parallel political action committees working on her behalf. Tshibaka has the support of the Alaska Republican Party, which has endorsed her.
Tshibaka announced her campaign in late March of 2021 and takes on a powerful political machine that has held that seat for a Murkowski for over 40 years.