National Democrats buy in to Scott McAdams campaign

Democratic senate hopeful Scott McAdams answers questions after a luncheon held at the Westmark Hotel in downtown Fairbanks on Oct. 1. Photo by Jeremia Schrock / UAF Sun Star.

Democratic senate hopeful Scott McAdams answers questions after a luncheon held at the Westmark Hotel in downtown Fairbanks on Oct. 1. Photo by Jeremia Schrock / UAF Sun Star.

By Jeremia Schrock

Sun Star Reporter

As of Thursday afternoon, Sept. 30, Democrat Scott McAdams was the only Alaskan senatorial candidate in possession of a war chest built entirely upon the generosity of Alaskan voters. That fact changed Thursday night when McAdams received a check from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).

According to a Sept. 30 article by the Alaska Dispatch, both of McAdams’ opponents had received funding from sources outside of the state of Alaska. GOP primary victor Joe Miller received close to $600,000 from the California-based Tea Party Express, while incumbent write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski received over $177,000 from various energy-based Political Action Committees (PAC), primarily from the coal industry.

Friday morning, McAdams made a statement saying, “The DSCC has invested in our campaign.” How much? “Their first check was for $42,000,” he said, implying that more is yet to come.

According to McAdams, his campaign has raised well over $600,000, with the largest portion of that being funneled toward gaining name recognition through television ads.  The most recent of ads paints McAdams as the philosophical heir to former-Senator Ted Stevens. “We need to continue to fight for federal funding in every way that we can,” McAdams said. “I believe that was the method of Senator Ted Stevens.”

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