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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 09/17/2014

ANCHORAGE — Dan Sullivan, supported by his billionaire Outside backers the Koch brothers, continues to try and deceive Alaskans about Mark Begich’s voting record. Mark Begich stands by his record of fighting for Alaskans everyday in Washington, D.C. Begich and Alaska’s Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski vote together up to 80% of the time – voting together more than any Republican-Democrat delegation in the U.S. Senate.

“Senator Mark Begich votes for Alaska in the U.S. Senate. As an independent voice for Alaska, Mark Begich voted against a Democratic budget proposal proposing new taxes, supports opening ANWR, has defended oil and gas tax incentives from the Obama administration, opposed national gun control policies and supports auditing the Federal Reserve,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

Independent fact check organization Politifact called Dan Sullivan’s use of the 97% claim “false.”

“Sullivan campaign email claimed Begich supports Obama’s economic policies 97 percent of the time…. Sullivan’s claim hinges on one statistic in a way that doesn’t accurately reflect Begich’s voting record on economic policy. We rated this claim mostly False.” [Politifact, 2/21/14]

Find the independent fact checks below:

PolitiFact Ruled Statement That Murkowski & Begich Vote Together As Much As 80 Percent “True.” “A Begich campaign radio ad said, ‘Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich vote as much as 80 percent of the time together.’ We found they had voted together 80 percent of the time. However, this statistic is based on the last six months, and Begich has served with Murkowski since 2009. The pair does, though, have a history of voting together more often than not — about 60 percent of all votes since 2009 — and the ad said ‘as much as 80 percent.’ We rate this claim Mostly True.” [PolitiFact, 7/14/14]

Politifact Rated Sullivan 97% Claim False. According to a February 2014 fact check by Politifact, “Sullivan’s campaign email claimed Begich supports Obama’s economic policies 97 percent of the time. . . . Sullivan’s claim hinges on one statistic in a way that doesn’t accurately reflect Begich’s voting record on economic policy. We rated this claim Mostly False.” [Politifact,2/21/14]

Politifact: “Begich Is Among The Most Independent Senators Currently Serving.”According to a February 2014 fact check by Politifact, “OpenCongress ranked Begich at 45th for 2013 when it comes to voting with his party. That shows that Begich is among the most independent senators currently serving.” [Politifact, 2/21/14]

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More Blatant Lies on Literature Paid for and Endorsed by Sullivan Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 09/17/2014

Building on his latest false ad and his unwillingness to be honest with Alaskans, U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s campaign literature is leaning on tired attacks from Outside groups proven “false” and “not true” by independent fact check organizations. Sullivan continues to distort facts in an attempt to distract from his own failed record as attorney general and an unwillingness to answer questions about issues important to Alaskans.

“Dan Sullivan is solely focused on misrepresenting Mark Begich’s record to avoid reading and taking positions on legislation like the Violence Against Women Act and raising the minimum wage. Instead of having a conversation on issues with Alaskans, Dan Sullivan is leaning on tired false attacks from Outside groups. Dan Sullivan needs to stop putting his arm around the Koch brothers who are spending millions to buy Alaska’s Senate seat to advance their own special interests,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

 

Read the independent fact checks that found this claim “false” and “not true” below:

AFP Distorts Begich’s Carbon Tax Stance – finding: “not true”

Conservative Ad Says Begich Supports Carbon Tax - finding: “false” 

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Second Term Will Bring Continued Focus on Alaska Infrastructure, Servicemembers and Their Families, and Cutting Wasteful Defense Spending

ANCHORAGE — Today, Senator Mark Begich is announcing his military and military families platform for a second term in the U.S. Senate. His plan focuses on growing Alaska’s military infrastructure and missions, providing increased support for servicemembers and their families, and reducing wasteful Defense spending.

“Alaska’s strategic importance is on the rise with a greater emphasis on the Pacific Rim and increased investment into Alaska—from keeping the F-16s and stationing the F-35s at Eielson AFB, to increased funding for missile defense at Fort Greely.  Alaska’s military is crucial to our nation’s defense and also employs many Alaskans, which is why I am committed to increasing military missions and infrastructure in Alaska. I am also deeply committed to supporting military members, retirees and their families by protecting benefits and improving access to care.  They have sacrificed to serve our country and deserve someone who fights for them in Washington, D.C.  Rather than cutting their benefits, I will work to cut wasteful Defense spending to reduce the deficit,” said Senator Mark Begich.

DOWNLOAD MARK BEGICH’S MILITARY AND MILITARY FAMILIES PLAN HERE

Mark Begich’s military and military families platform includes three major proposals:

Growing Alaska’s Military Infrastructure and Missions:

Mark Begich is committed to growing Alaska’s military infrastructure and missions. With focus on the Pacific Rim increasing, Alaska’s strategic importance is increasing as well. After successfully fighting to keep the F-16s, Begich is now focused on bringing the F-35s to Eielson. The military presence in Alaska creates tens of thousands of jobs and significantly contributes to our economy, and Begich is committed to keeping Alaska’s military strong.

Standing Up For Military Members and Families:

Mark Begich believes we cannot balance the budget on the backs on our military members, retirees and their families. Begich is working to provide adequate care, pay and benefits for approximately 65,000 military members and their families in Alaska.

Cut Wasteful Defense Spending:

Nothing is more important than protecting our national security and taking care of those who serve our country. However, when it comes to reducing our deficit, no agency should be exempt, which is why Begich is committed to cutting wasteful defense spending.

DOWNLOAD MARK BEGICH’S MILITARY AND MILITARY FAMILIES PLAN HERE

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Blatant Lies on Literature Paid for and Endorsed by Sullivan Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 09/16/2014

ANCHORAGE — U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s latest campaign literature actively bends the truth with a complete misrepresentation of Mark Begich’s legislative record. Sullivan continues to play fast and loose with facts in an attempt to distract from his own failed record as attorney general.

“Another day brings another false attack paid for and endorsed by Dan Sullivan. Sullivan isn’t able to run a campaign on his own record, he’s turned his back on Alaskans so repeatedly that he’s resigned to lying about Mark Begich’s record and leaning on the Koch brothers for millions of dollars worth of support,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich. “From securing veterans care closer to home, to passing his traditional foods bill and increasing the compensation rate for 4.5 million veterans nationwide, Mark Begich has a record of accomplishment and gets results for Alaska.”

The latest false attack paid for and endorsed by Dan Sullivan:

Mark Begich has a record of delivering legislative victories for Alaska:

  • Restored pension benefits for the Alaska Territorial Guard.
  • Secured access for National Guard and National Reserve members to Space-A seating on military flights.
  • Passed Coast Guard Reauthorization legislation that delivers three new Fast Response Coast Guard Cutters to Southeast Alaska.
  • Passed language to advance air permitting for Arctic drilling.
  • Secured passage of legislation allowing traditional foods in schools and hospitals.
  • Waived copayments for veterans telehealth and telemedicine visits.
  • Guided language in bipartisan VA reform legislation allowing rural veterans to receive health care closer to home.

Senate Passed Defense Appropriations Bill Including Begich/Murkowski Pension Fix For Alaska Territorial Guard Veterans. Reported the Anchorage Daily News in October 2009, “A military spending bill passed the U.S. Senate Tuesday with a provision intact that would pay the pensions of about two dozen elderly members of the World War II-era Alaska Territorial Guard.” [Anchorage Daily News, 10/7/09]

Begich Helped National Guard And Reserve Retirees Secure Access To Seats On Military Planes. Reported the Anchorage Daily News in March 2013, “For Alaskans, Begich has spent much of his time in Washington away from the Senate floor glare of controversial votes, focused on more local and regional issues of vital importance to his state. Begich crafted an accord that enables Indian Health Service clinics to treat non-Native veterans, and he helped members of the National Guard or National Reserve gain access to seats on military planes, a perk previously limited to active-duty soldiers.” [Anchorage Daily News, 3/31/13]

Begich Sponsored The ‘Coast Guard Authorization Act For Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013’ And Corresponding House Resolution 2838 Became Law.  Senator Begich sponsored S. 1665 the Coast Guard authorization act for fiscal year 2012 and 2013. House Resolution 2838 the ‘Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation act of 2012’ the corresponding House resolution became public law on December 20, 2012. [Congress.gov, Accessed 4/24/14]

2011: Begich & Murkowski Successfully Inserted Language In Appropriations Bill To Move Air Permitting For Arctic Drilling From EPA To Department Of Interior. Reported the Anchorage Daily News in December 2011, “Pollution emitted from drilling ships and support vessels in Arctic waters would be regulated by the Interior Department instead of the Environmental Protection Agency under language inserted into a spending bill by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. . . . Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said he had pushed for the change with the White House and the Senate Democratic leadership. ‘This is an issue of fairness and is long-overdue,’ Begich said. ‘Companies with projects in the Arctic are at a competitive disadvantage under the EPA. It’s time to move all air permitting under the Interior Department.’” [Associated Press, 12/15/11]

Kendall-Miller: Begich Secured Passage Of Subsistence Legislation Allowing Traditional Foods In Schools, Hospitals, & Elder Care Facilities. In August 2014 Alaska Dispatch op-ed, Alaska Native advocates Heather Kendall-Miller and Lloyd Miller wrote, “Begich’s record here runs deep. He developed and secured passage of a subsistence bill that overruled federal prohibitions against serving donated traditional foods in schools, hospitals and elder care facilities.” [Kendall-Miller, Alaska Dispatch8/31/14]

Begich Provision Waiving Copayments For Veterans’ Telehealth Visits Included In Comprehensive Veterans Law. Reported the Army Times in July 2012, “An omnibus veterans bill chock-full of two years’ accumulation of health, benefits, education and administrative provisions is on its way to the White House for President Obama’s signature. The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act passed the House on July 31 by voice vote after passing the Senate on July 18. . . . There are more than 50 other provisions, including a new ban on protesting or disrupting military funerals, tighter rules for tracking and preventing sexual assaults on VA property, waiver of copayments for veterans in rural areas who used telehealth or telemedicine to receive Veterans Affairs Department care, a requirement that trained service dogs be allowed on any VA-controlled property as long as the animal was obtained from an accredited source and an expansion of rehabilitative service for veterans with traumatic brain injuries.” [Army Times7/31/13]

KTVA: “Veterans Reforms, Championed By Senator Mark Begich In Alaska Will Become US Law.” KTVA reported, “Veterans reforms, championed by Senator Mark Begich in Alaska, will become US law. The reform bill has now passed both the House and Senate, and heads to the President to be signed… Senator Begich was a member of a Veterans Committee charged with negotiating a compromise bill. In Alaska eligible veterans in rural areas can get care from qualified facilities where they live instead of flying to a VA facilities in Anchorage or Seattle.” [KTVA, video, 7/31/14]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 09/15/2014

ANCHORAGE — After months of telling Alaska’s working families he doesn’t support an increase in the minimum wage because it would “kill a half a million jobs” U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan is desperately attempting to create distance from his own radical beliefs. According to the Wall Street Journal, Sullivan is claiming he will support an Alaska ballot measure to increase the minimum wage, a claim that conflicts with his promise to vote against the proposition just one month ago.

“From the minimum wage to the Violence Against Women Act, Dan Sullivan won’t be honest with Alaskans about what he believes on core issues. Dan Sullivan has always dismissed the needs of Alaska’s working families who would benefit from a increase in the federal minimum wage and his most recent attempt to flip-flop proves he’ll say or do anything in an attempt to deceive Alaskans. Mark Begich knows the importance of paying workers a fair living wage and remains the only candidate in this election that supports raising the minimum wage and equal pay for equal work,” said Max Croes, Communications Director for Alaskans for Begich.

Examples of Dan Sullivan’s opposition to raising the minimum wage:

“Simply raising the minimum wage isn’t an answer; it’s an acknowledgement of President Obama’s broken promises and failed economic policies.” Dan Sullivan [AP, 1/18/14].

“Sullivan said 24 percent of teens are unemployed as it is and that a Congressional Budget Office study found that the proposed federal boost would ‘probably kill a half million jobs.’ He didn’t mention the other main point in the report, that more than 16 million Americans would see wages rise.” Anchorage Daily News [Anchorage Daily News, 4/30/14].

Sullivan’s confusing flip-flop follows numerous examples of Sullivan’s shaky stances on core issues such as support for the Violence Against Women Act, his residency, Alaska’s fisheries and whether or not he claimed tax credits while declaring his million dollar home in Maryland his “principal residence” but voting in Alaska.

Sullivan never lifted a finger as DNR commissioner or attorney general to raise the minimum wage which would raise 5,000 Alaskans out of poverty and increase incomes for 49,000 Alaskans in minimum wage jobs. Sullivan’s refuses to support a federal increase.

Also, Sullivan continues to receive millions of dollars in backing from anti-minimum wage, anti-worker groups like the Koch brothers and the Club for Growth. Sullivan received the Club for Growth’s endorsement after a secret interview where he pledged to support the organization’s agenda, like opposing an increase to the minimum wage.

Raising the minimum wage would raise incomes for 1,700 Alaskan veterans. Of the 49,000 Alaskans who will see increased incomes, 56 percent are women. Sullivan’s belief that raising the minimum wage would kill jobs puts him in direct opposition to common sense as well as the majority of Alaskans who support the measure, further ignoring 16 million Americans who would see wages rise.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 09/15/2014

ANCHORAGE — Alaska veterans are pushing back on false claims made by U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan and his Outside supporters. Sullivan is once again stooping to attacks on Mark Begich’s record of fighting for Alaska veterans, active duty service members, and their families, even accusing Begich of not respecting military service.

Alaska veterans are setting the record straight:

“Mark was instrumental in getting health care and services out to Rural Alaska. His work on the Hero’s Health card brought affordable access to hundreds and thousands of veterans in Alaska,” said Willard Jackson, a military veteran from Ketchikan.

“Senator Mark Begich respects every member of our armed services. He will stand up and go the extra mile to honor and thank those of us who served in the past and our young men and women in service today. I am proud to have Mark as my Senator because of the work he has done for our nation’s military members and their families,” said Troy Bouffard, a military veteran from Fairbanks.

Sullivan previously attempted to turn the Arizona VA scandal into a political attack in Alaska. The attacks were called “false” and “not true” by independent fact check groups. Sullivan’s most recent false attacks come on the heels of an investigation by Maryland tax officials into tax breaks he received on a million dollar Maryland home while serving as a poitical appointee in the Bush White House.

Begich is the only member of Alaska’s delegation to serve on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, giving Alaska a powerful and influential voice in Washington. Alaska has more veterans per capita than any other state.

Last week the U.S. Senate passed a Begich bill to increase cost of living adjustments (COLA) to veterans receiving disability compensation, mirroring the COLA adjustments for Social Security. The legislation will benefit 4.5 million veterans as early as 2015.

Begich is also credited with historic agreements between the VA and tribal health facilities, to allow veterans in Alaska to get care in their community, without having to travel to Anchorage or Seattle. Begich stood up for Alaska veterans by writing and championing the Alaska Hero’s Card Act of 2011which VA officials mirrored in their agreement with Alaska Native tribes. Begich’s leadership and effectiveness in pushing for  solutions for rural veterans gave way to the negotiations between the VA and rural clinics. Begich’s plan is now being implemented across the country. The agreements have helped reduce wait lists at Alaska’s VA from over 900 to almost zero

  • Alaska Territorial Guard – In 2009, Senator Begich successfully secured reinstatement of pension payments for members of the WWII-era Alaska Territorial Guard.
  • “Significant legislative victory for veterans” – The Disabled American Veterans called Begich’s push to establish advanced appropriation for veterans health programs “the most significant legislative victory of veterans in a generation.”
  • Extended TRICARE for Military Dependents – In 2011, Begich helped extend TRICARE services for dependent children of military members to the age of 26.
  • Waived Telehealth Copays – In 2012, Begich and Sen. Grassley’s proposal to waive copays for telehealth and telemedicine visits for veterans was signed into law.
  • Historic Rural Care Access – Begich followed through on campaign promise to help veterans access care closer to home by allowing rural veterans access to Native health facilities.
  • Recognition from Combat Veterans’ Organization – In March, Begich received an Inspirational Leadership Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart for his work on behalf of veterans.
  • Secured access to Space-A for Guard Members – Begich pushed to allow members of the National Guard or Guard Reserve to gain access to Space-A seats on military planes, previously limited to active-duty soldiers.
  • Advocated for victims of military sexual assault – Begich sponsored legislation to change the chain of command in military sexual assault prosecutions.
  • Restored benefits for military retirees — Begich passed legislation to restore benefits to military retirees affected by a 2013 budget.
  • Fought against military commissary price increases — Begich staunchly opposes price increases at military commissaries which would have a devastating effect on Alaska’s military families.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 09/15/2014

ANCHORAGE — Last week, Mark Begich continued his commitment to fighting the flawed Supreme Court Citizens United ruling when he voted in support of a constitutional amendment to reign in secret campaign spending from billionaires like the Koch brothers. Unfortunately, the measure was blocked in the U.S. Senate.

Mark Begich has released a detailed plan for how he will work to address campaign finance issues in a second term, including adopting Alaska’s campaign finance requirement of identifying the top three donors in ads.

In stark contrast, Dan Sullivan continues to support unlimited secret campaign contributions.

Read the Associated Press story below:

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

September 12, 2014 – 8:14 pm EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is proposing changes to campaign finance laws, including requiring the top three contributors to candidates or third-party groups be identified in ads.

In laying out his plans to address the issue if re-elected, Begich also proposed that all candidates electronically file and post their federal fundraising reports. He called for contribution limits and said he would continue to support a constitutional amendment, similar to one that failed in the Senate Thursday, that would allow Congress and the states to better regulate election spending.

Begich’s GOP rival, Dan Sullivan, has called on Begich to sign an agreement aimed at limiting outside money in their race. Begich said he’s signed a separate agreement striking at the idea of corporate personhood and is proposing legislation in line with that.

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ANCHORAGE — Mark Begich is calling on the nation to adopt Alaska law requiring political candidates or groups to disclose their top three donors in any campaign ad. The proposal is part of Mark Begich’s campaign finance reform platform which includes specific steps and recommendations to increase transparency and correct the influence of billionaires and corporations after the flawed Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case.

U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan supports unlimited spending by secret Outside groups, billionaires and corporations.

The billionaire Koch brothers have spent millions in Alaska while killing Alaska jobs at the Flint Hills refinery and spending millions in support of his candidacy. The Koch brothers and Outside groups like them are spending $12 million on attack ads in Alaska in support of Dan Sullivan. The Kochs were mocked for using a Maryland actress in an Alaska TV ad and their operatives showed an lack of knowledge about Alaska by awkwardly calling Alaska a “peninsular” state in a secret meeting. The meeting, leaked to the media, revealed the Kochs intent to buy Alaska’s senate seat by dumping millions on to the airwaves.

“Alaska is a model for increased campaign contribution transparency. The federal government could really learn a few things from our campaign laws which require disclosure of who’s paying for advertisements and contributing to campaigns, both for politicians and independent expenditures.  If an Outside group can’t disclose their top three contributors in an advertisement then they shouldn’t be spending money on it,” said Senator Mark Begich.

View MARK BEGICH’S CAMPAIGN FINANCE PLAN HERE

Mark Begich supports a constitutional amendment to permanently overturn the Citizens United ruling and has signed the We The People Alaska pledge stating his belief that corporations are not people.

Mark Begich has supported transparency efforts such as the DISCLOSE Act, legislation Dan Sullivan does not support, and supports Alaska state law which requires ads to disclose top donors.

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ANCHORAGE — Dan Sullivan is unleashing more of the same desperate attacks he’s been pushing for months at the instruction of Outside groups, all while telling Alaskans he’s focused on a positive campaign.

Dan Sullivan’s attacks against Mark Begich’s record of supporting Alaska’s military and veterans have been called “false” and “twisted.” With the blessing of Karl Rove Sullivan previously attempted to turn the Arizona VA scandal into a political attack in Alaska. Sullivan’s attempt backfired because Alaskans are familiar with Mark Begich’s record of delivering for Alaska veterans and reducing VA wait times.

Sullivan’s latest attack comes during a pending Maryland investigation into tax breaks he received on a Maryland home he declared his “principal residence” when he was political appointee at the State Department.

“Dan Sullivan will say anything to try and draw attention from a pending investigation about tax breaks he received on a million dollar Maryland home while voting in Alaska. Sullivan continues to dodge legitimate questions from Alaskans about why he claimed Maryland as a ‘principal residence’ for tax breaks while continuing to vote in Alaska. Months ago Sullivan received backlash for attempting to turn the tragic death of veterans in Arizona into a political attack in Alaska, his latest attacks on Mark Begich’s commitment to Alaska’s veterans and military families are nothing but a disappointing political smokescreen,” said Max Croes, Alaskans for Begich Communications Director.

Last week the U.S. Senate passed Mark Begich’s legislation to increase veterans benefits by pegging compensation increases to annual cost of living increases. The legislation will benefit 4.5 million veterans nationwide as early as 2015.

In the U.S. Senate, Begich has built a record of fighting and delivering for Alaska’s veterans:

  • Alaska Territorial Guard – In 2009, Senator Begich successfully secured reinstatement of pension payments for members of the WWII-era Alaska Territorial Guard.
  • “Significant legislative victory for veterans” – The Disabled American Veterans called Begich’s push to establish advanced appropriation for veterans health programs “the most significant legislative victory of veterans in a generation.”
  • Extended TRICARE for Military Dependents – In 2011, Begich helped extend TRICARE services for dependent children of military members to the age of 26.
  • Waived Telehealth Copays – In 2012, Begich and Sen. Grassley’s proposal to waive copays for telehealth and telemedicine visits for veterans was signed into law.
  • Historic Rural Care Access – Begich followed through on campaign promise to help veterans access care closer to home by allowing rural veterans access to Native health facilities.
  • Recognition from Combat Veterans’ Organization – In March, Begich received an Inspirational Leadership Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart for his work on behalf of veterans.
  • Secured access to Space-A for Guard Members - Begich pushed to allow members of the National Guard or Guard Reserve to gain access to Space-A seats on military planes, previously limited to active-duty soldiers.
  • Advocated for victims of military sexual assault — Begich sponsored legislation to change the chain of command in military sexual assault prosecutions.
  • Restored benefits for military retirees — Begich passed legislation to restore benefits to military retirees affected by a 2013 budget.
  • Fought against military commissary price increases — Begich staunchly opposes price increases at military commissaries which would have a devastating affect on Alaska’s military families.

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ANCHORAGE — U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s newest ad doesn’t tell the truth about his record as Alaska’s attorney general where he not only sued to prevent tribes from protecting at risk children, but also refused to support the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

“Dan Sullivan’s latest ad doesn’t tell the truth about where he stands on women’s issues including his refusal to support the Violence Against Women Act and the fact that rates of rape and sexual assault remained dangerously high during his tenure as attorney general. Alaskans need to know the truth and they should be outraged that Dan Sullivan refuses to support common sense, landmark legislation that has already received broad, bipartisan support,” said Susanne Fleek-Green, Alaskans for Begich Campaign Manager.

Sullivan

Watch Sullivan Refuse To Support the Violence Against Women Act

Sullivan has still refused to share with Alaskans what he thinks about a proposal to remove the “Alaska exemption” from the VAWA.

Additional information you didn’t see in Dan Sullivan’s latest ad:

Sullivan’s Office Defended The Practice Of Letting Sex Offenders Off With Light Sentences. “While he served as Attorney General, it was revealed that AG Sullivan’s prosecutors were reducing charges against convicted sex offenders. His office defended this practice by saying the Department had limited resources and this was not a priority. Has the Party examined Dan’s apparent “softness” on issues regarding domestic violence when he was in a position to come down hard on these types of crimes?” [Former Alaska Speaker of the House Gail Phillips, Peninsula Clarion, 4/23/2014]

Department of Law Had to Reform Sentencing Policy After Sullivan’s Tenure, Said Prosecutors Would Not Negotiate Plea Deals For Serious Crimes and Domestic Violence. As reported by the Anchorage Daily News, “State prosecutors will no longer negotiate plea deals for lesser sentences for Alaskans accused of serious crimes and domestic violence, the Alaska Department of Law said Tuesday. The change of policy, which took effect Tuesday, bars plea bargains involving sentences for the most serious classes of felony cases, as well as all cases involving sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor and domestic violence, said deputy attorney general Richard Svobodny.” [Anchorage Daily News, 7/23/13]

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