Walker’s State-of-State fundraising letter to lobbyists
On the occasion of the State of the Union address by President Donald Trump, Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott sent out a fundraising letter to lobbyists, quoting Walker’s own State of the State Address from Jan. 21.
Although it was short and perfunctory, it puts a point on the need to make sure everyone knows that he has raised more money than any other candidate and would look like a lion when the February reports are filed later this month.
Walker’s hasty letter also reveals that his State of the State address, quoted in the illustration that accompanies the letter, was a two-for-one, serving as his 2018 campaign theme launch:
1. We ran to do the job.
2. We’re getting the job done, Alaska’s future is bright.
3. To keep Alaska first leadership – not party first – we need your help.
The strength of our reelection campaign will be judged by the money we raise by midnight, February 1st. Help us make sure the February reports show we have far outpaced other candidates in the depth and reach of our statewide support.
We ask you to stand with us and stand up for Alaska by donating $25, $50, $100, $250 or any amount up to $500 in the next 60 hours.
A 2018 donation will have the most impact if made right here before midnight Thursday.
Together, let’s keep doing what’s right for Alaska.
Honored to serve,
Bill & Byron
P.S. Donation limits reset for 2018. Even if you donated $500 per candidate in 2017, you can donate up to $500 per candidate again in 2018. Thank you for your support.”
(The original Walker-Mallott letter had six links in it where people could click to donate, removed from this site so that we don’t violate Alaska Public Offices Commission rules. Readers who have made it this far are welcome to donate to the Must Read Alaska Project at the one link provided below 🙂
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.