Murkowski gets crushed by GOP challenger in Q2 fundraising

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski got crushed by her GOP challenger Kelly Tshibaka is Q2 donations.

According to Tshibaka, she outraised Mukowski among Alaskans “by more than four times, and among small grassroots donors by eight-and-a-half times.”

“In dollar amounts from Alaska donors, Tshibaka raised more than four times as much as Murkowski – a margin of about $266,000 to $63,000. Among small grassroots donors, Tshibaka bested Murkowski by a spread of about $244,000 to only $29,000, or almost eight-and-a-half times as much,” her press release states.

“Tshibaka raised 45 percent of her funds from small donors (under $200), a sign of impressive grassroots support, while Murkowski raised only 3 percent through small donations. As is typical, Murkowski relied heavily on Washington, D.C.-connected Political Action Committees, which accounted for nearly a quarter (24 percent) of her fundraising,” the statement adds.

Tshibaka said “I am proud to have the support of thousands of Alaskans and grassroots supporters who are backing the call to take back Alaska’s Senate seat from the Washington, D.C. insiders.

“Lisa Murkowski’s numbers again prove what we all know to be true: she is part of the Washington, D.C. elite and she is beholden to the power brokers, not the people of our great state,” she added.

Last week, Murkowski was asked by Radio host Jeff Landfield about Trump’s opposition to her re-election efforts and responded  “I know that former President Trump is skeptical about me, and the job that I do for Alaska, but I really think that that’s for Alaskans to judge.”

Landfield then asked “Do you think he’s going to come up here?”

Murkowski replied “You know he’s threatened to. He’s threatened to do a lot to those who have stood up to him. And sometimes there’s some carry through, and sometimes maybe it’s just idle words or idle threats, but I can’t let that influence what I do and how I do it and who I do it for.”

“At the end of the day, I’m not doing this job because I want or need the title, I do it because Alaskans have given me their support and have asked me to do the best job that I can and the best of my ability and to stand up with an independent voice. And sometimes, without regard to political consequence on the other end, but to be that voice for Alaska,” she added.

The Alaska Republican Party has also endorsed the challenger to incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Murkowski’s GOP challenger, Kelly Tshibaka announced the endorsement and wrote “I am honored to be Endorsed by the Alaska Republican Party! In the Senate, I will always fight for our Conservative values.”

Tshibaka said in a statement she is “grateful and thrilled to have the strong support of the Alaska Republican Party. We all share a unified goal: to promote the principles upon which our country and state were founded.””I have pledged that I will be true to our shared, conservative Alaska ideals and be a senator upon whom they can depend to make every decision based on what is best for our great state,” she added.

Last month, Tshibaka announced “I am honored and grateful to have the support of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”

“Please join our team today! We’ll do this together!” she added.