United Academics Endorsements for the Midterm November Elections
Candidates for US Senate, Alaska Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and State Senate and House
September 23, 2014
To: Members of the United Academics (UNAC) AAUP/AFT Local 4996 Political Action Committee (PAC) and General Membership
From: Ian van Tets, UNAC PAC Chair and Legislative Relations Committee Member; Tony Rickard, UNAC PAC Secretary/Treasurer; Abel Bult-Ito, UNAC President; Representative Assembly Members
Re: UNAC PAC and RA candidate endorsements and campaign contributions
The United Academics (UNAC) Political Action Committee (PAC) and Representative Assembly (RA) is expending $7,750 of available funds to support candidates in federal and state elections in Alaska. We conducted an analysis of candidates for State of Alaska candidates for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, State House, and State Senate. This memo includes a summary of the candidates that the UNAC PAC and RA endorses and, in some cases, also supports with campaign contributions.
The distribution of campaign contributions conforms to election law (Alaska Public Offices Commission) that candidates receive contributions from UNAC PAC of no more than $1,000. UNAC PAC and RA campaign contributions are distributed among the political parties as follows: $4,500 to candidates affiliated with the Democratic party, $1,750 to candidates affiliated with the Republican party, and $1,500 to candidates declared as Independents.
The endorsement of the candidates is non-partisan and reflects the candidates past or expected support for the university, public education, and workers’ rights. For some districts we did not make an endorsement because we had insufficient information or the choice was not clear. Campaign contributions were given to those candidates who have been the strongest advocates of UNAC, have shown at critical times to stop particularly bad legislation, and/or have strong potential to be our advocates and supporters in the future.
UNAC PAC Endorsements and Campaign Contributions for 2014
1. For Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, respectively, the UNAC PAC and RA endorse Bill Walker and Byron Mallott (I) and will make a campaign contribution of $500.
2. For U.S. Senate, the UNAC PAC and RA endorse Mark Begich (D) and will make a campaign contribution of $250.
3. For Alaska State Senate, the UNAC PAC and RA endorse the following candidates and will make the noted campaign contributions: