Republican senate candidate Joe Miller addressed a letter to Sen. Lisa Murkowski today, asking her to denounce the Alaskans Standing Together group, which has spent nearly $600,000 on TV ads supporting Murkowski.
The group’s funders include nine Alaska Native corporations. Yesterday, the Miller campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, arguing that since the ANCs had received federal contracts, they were legally banned from spending money to influence elections.
“Since ‘Alaskans Standing Together’ is constituted for the sole purpose of supporting your candidacy,” wrote Miller in the letter, “I am sure that you are alarmed and appalled that they would undermine the integrity of your campaign and this election by acting in violation of federal election laws and federal laws prohibiting the use of federal tax dollars for political purposes.”
“Because your name is directly tied to ‘AST’ and the native corporations who are funding it, I would like to extend to you this invitation to join me in taking a stand against these illegal activities,” he said.
Asked for a response to the letter, Murkowski campaign spokesman Steve Wackowski said to Battle ’10, “It is ironic that Joe Miller attempts to label this as a scandal when he is due to show up in Court this Saturday to discuss the release of his public service record with the Fairbanks North Star Borough.”