Does money matter?
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, they’ll choose which statehouse candidates will advance to November’s general election. Some of those candidates have already raised tens (and in some cases hundreds) of thousands of dollars to spread their names and encourage voters. Other candidates have raised much less — in some cases, nothing at all.
This graphical representation shows you exactly who’s running for which seat in the Alaska Legislature across the state and how much they’ve raised compared to their contemporaries. This graphic doesn’t include third-party spending on behalf of candidates — we’ll look at that before the general election.
The information here was pulled from the reports each candidate is required to file one week before the election. Those reports are collected and posted online by the Alaska Public Offices Commission. We also used the candidate databases of the Alaska Division of Elections to cross-check names.
If you have a hard time reading the image online (our website isn’t designed well enough to handle infographics), we’ve posted a PDF version here for you to download. You can also pick up a copy of the print edition of the Empire to see it on the page.