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Walker squirrels away $47,000 for ‘future campaign account’


Former Gov. Bill Walker may not be done with his political life.

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In his latest “year end report” with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, which was due on Feb. 15, he shows that he clawed back advance payments his campaign had made for ads that never ran.

Walker paid a few bills and payroll that was due during the period.

But surprisingly, he set aside $47,000 into a “Future Campaign Account” for himself. It was the biggest payment by far in the list  of about 75 expenditures, most of which were nickel-and-dime bills.

Walker pulled out of the governor’s race on Oct. 19, 2018, and threw his support to Mark Begich, who he said aligned more closely with his values than now-Gov. Michael Dunleavy.

[Read: Walker suspends campaign]

Walker received a partial refund of $8,286 on his radio ads placed with Alpha Media that he cancelled when he quit.

He received another $3,300 in partial refund for his ads placed on Anchorage People Mover buses through the vendor, Alaska Channel Inc.

The Anchorage Daily News refunded him $16,875 for ads he cancelled with the state’s main newspaper.

Last Frontier Mediactive in Fairbanks refunded him $10,173.65 for unused air time.

Juneau Alaska Communications gave him back $6,269.27 for his unused air time.

IHeartMedia gave him back $12,570.65.

Ohana Digital Services refunded him $10,752.50 for air time placed by that company, which he no longer needed.

The total amount of advertising refunds he reported was $68,227.

He also paid each of his daughters Tessa and Lindsay $3,000, as “appreciation for campaign work.” His brother Bob got an appreciation payment of $2,000, and another check for his work removing signs.

$6,000 went to the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers for the K-9 fund.

But the largest payment made was the one to his “future campaign,” whatever that may be.

[Read his year-end report filing here]

Walker received 2 percent of the vote for governor in 2018 after he dropped out too late to take his name off of the ballot.

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
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.


  1. That $47K is just simple housekeeping accounting. There will never be a future campaign for Bill Walker. Just long walks on beaches in Hawaii and a few visits to his plastic surgeon. The man looks beat! His legacy as Alaska’s fake unity governor has aged him 15 or 20 years. He’ll unload the $47K to pay off his tax liabilities to the IRS. Otherwise, Walker looks like the walking dead.

  2. Maybe the money is to be used for a future bail loan to Byron Mallott?
    Or, mailed to Jim Whitaker (his former Chief of Staff) in AZ to be used as hush money?

    • Or maybe to help Alice Rogoff pay the attorney’s fees she owes. Without Alice and the efforts of the ADN, Walker would not have been elected.

  3. Hey look; Corruption does pay! But in his case, not that much. He needs to take a few lessons from the Clintons on how to make 100s of millions in corrupt activities while planting operatives in the bureaucracy to keep from being prosecuted.

  4. He should grow a spine, get some religion in his heart, apologize to everybody, and donate it all to MRAK.

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