Alaska’s Fair Share Momentum Builds with Report Showing Hundreds of Alaskan Donors

Opposition Group Funded Overwhelmingly by Big Oil

For Immediate Release

Contact: David Dunsmore (907)830-4288 or (907)278-8000

Today the campaign to pass Ballot Measure 1, Alaska’s Fair Share Act, filed their second quarter financial disclosure with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.  The report shows Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share has raised a total of $664,330.56 with 393 individual Alaskan donors representing 45 different Alaskan communities.  During this reporting period, the campaign raised $232,906.81 and finished the quarter with $49,159.28 cash on hand.

“Momentum is building and every day more Alaskans join our cause,” said fundraising and outreach director Alice Myers, “From Pedro Bay to Petersburg, from Kotzebue to Kasilof, Alaskans from all walks of life are rallying to get a fair share for our resources.”

The report shows support for Alaska’s Fair Share is coming primarily from individual Alaskans, with their median contribution being $100.  In contrast, a recent analysis by the Houston Business Journal showed over 96% of the funding for the main opposition group came from four international oil producers.  While the primary opposition group, ONEAlaska, has not filed their quarterly report, regular 10 day reports show they have received only two contributions from individual Alaskans.  While ONEAlaska claims several Alaskans as co-chairs, and has featured Alaskan business owners in their advertising, none of them have contributed financially to their campaign.

“It’s telling that none of the people who are receiving free advertising for their businesses or allowed the opposition to use their names will put their money where their mouths are,” said campaign manager David Dunsmore.  “Our opponents are fighting to preserve tax breaks for some of the wealthiest corporations on the planet, while Alaskans are fighting to save our state.”  

Ballot Measure 1 would increase Alaska’s share of production revenue from Alaska’s three largest and most profitable oil fields and make production tax filings public records.  It will be voted on in the November 3 after more than 39,000 Alaskans petitioned to place it on the ballot.

For additional information contact campaign manager David Dunsmore at (907)278-8000 (headquarters) or (907)830-4288 (cell).