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Navarre, Bagley top fundraisers among mayoral candidates

Posted: September 15, 2011 - 8:44am

With three weeks left before the Kenai Peninsula Borough election, Mike Navarre leads all borough mayor candidates in funds raised.

The former state legislator and borough mayor had raised $27,999.12 through Sept. 2, according to a required 30-day report filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

However, former borough mayor Dale Bagley leads the candidate field with the most expenses, totaling $18,263.01 during the same time period.

Navarre spent $12,252.77 on his campaign, leaving him with a surplus of $15,746.35 on hand. Navarre’s personal contributions total $664.23.

Bagley has raised $20,048.77 and has a surplus after other debts of $185.76. He has personally contributed $3,200 to his campaign.

Among the more notable contributors to Navarre’s campaign include Sen. Mark Begich, who gave $250; Begich’s chief of staff David Ramseur, who gave $100; The Pebble Partnership CEO John Shively, who gave $250; Scott Kawasaki, a state representative from Fairbanks, who gave $100; and borough assembly member Linda Murphy, who gave $200.

Bagley’s notable contributors include Soldotna City Council member Nels Anderson, who gave $500; Bill Popp, CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, who gave $100, current assembly member Brent Johnson, who gave $250; and Bryan Zak, regional director of the Small Business Development Center and candidate for the Homer seat on the borough assembly, who gave $50. He also listed six contributors as current borough employees, who gave a total of $850.

Navarre reported three borough employees contributing to his campaign for a total of $350. However, he also listed a $100 donation from current borough mayor David Carey, who is not running for re-election.

Carey has considered giving an endorsement to a mayoral candidate, but said he had “not decided yet” on who.

“I think he is doing a good job in terms of what he is presenting and I think he is a good candidate,” Carey said of Navarre. “I expect there is going to be a runoff. I don’t see anyone getting 50 percent plus one in the initial election so that I am looking at speaking in favor of two individuals that I’d hope to see in the runoff.”

Kasilof resident and former assembly member Debbie Brown is third in fund-raising with $18,980 in total reported income through Sept. 4. She also reported spending $16,645.08 and personally contributing $16,200 to her campaign. Bill Walker, a former gubernatorial candidate, contributed $500 to Brown’s campaign.

Soldotna resident Fred Sturman has raised $9,701.60 through Sept. 2, of which $9,500 were personal contributions. He reported spending $7,338,70.

Nikiski resident and former assembly member Gary Superman listed contributions totaling $6,300 through the same time period. Of his total income, $3,225 were listed as personal contributions. He reported spending a total of $3,468.09.

Tim O’Brien, also a Nikiski resident, reported raising $396.25, all of which was personally contributed. He reported spending $318.18.

Incumbent assembly members Hal Smalley and Charlie Pierce, who are running for re-election, both filed an exemption statement, which states they believe their campaigns won’t raise more than $5,000.

Incumbent Bill Smith, Kelly Cooper and Zak, who are all running for the Homer seat on the assembly, also filed for exemptions.

No records were found for Eileen K. Sverdrup, candidate for the Sterling/Funny River borough seat.

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DaleBagley 09/15/11 - 09:43 am
Anchorage Fundraiser

It is amazing to me how the Peninsula Clarion often misses the point of a story. The real question that should be asked, is it ok for a candidate to take $12,108 dollars from the greater Anchorage area? There is also some money from Fairbanks and the lower 48 that may have come from the Anchorage fundraiser and I did not include that money in the above total. I was asked on Sound Off if I had any contributions from Anchorage and I said that I probably had one or two but I couldn’t remember for sure. When I got back to the office I looked and I had two checks totaling $350, I certainly did not hold a fundraiser in Anchorage.
The other issue the paper didn’t pick up on was that Mike Navarre took $2000 from the Penny’s as well as contributions from people that are associated with the guide industry. I believe Bob Penny is a threat to our commercial fishing industry and has worked hard to decrease fishing time for the commercial fisherman and increase more time for the guides. This may not be a big deal to the Peninsula Clarion but it is a big deal to many hard working commercial fishing families across the Kenai Peninsula.
Dale Bagley

justamom 09/15/11 - 02:17 pm
A "NO" vote for Bagley

I think those number speak for themselves. Bagley is spending a lot more money with much less left over. Is that going to happen if you are re-elected to borough mayor? Probably. Why don't you just keep the seat you wanted so badly on Soldotna City Council and manage that cemetary you crammed down the throats of the Redoubt neighborhood!

Kenai 09/17/11 - 09:52 am
Explain, Dale

If outside money is so terrible, you've got quite a few checks to return. You're being misleading above by saying when you were asked weeks ago if you had taken outside money you only had two checks from Anchorage. While maybe true at that time, repeating it here on September 15th, as if it were still true today, is a cheap political trick -- a lie, if you will. If you still want to wear your lack of fundraising abilities as some sort of badge of honor, you should probably quit talking about outside money.

Dale, you are accepting money from outside the Borough as well but complaining when one of your opponents does it better than you.

On your report listing your contributions, I count:
5 from Anchorage
1 from Nevada
3 from Washington

Dale, be honest.

Wolfe_Tone 09/17/11 - 10:23 am
Hey, Dale - Got any cheese to go with that whine?

Navarre has received donations from both conservatives and liberals; from developers and environmentalists; from teachers and administrators; from conservative business people and union employees; from Democrats and Republicans; from commercial fishermen and sports fishermen; and, most telling: from long-time political opponents as well as long-time political allies.

What could all these donors with varying and even opposing interests possibly have in common?

Their knowledge that no matter their political stance or interest, they will receive ONE thing from Mike Navarre:
A fair shake.

They know he will listen, and will formulate decisions through a deliberative, consensus-building process, not on the "politics du jour."

Your whining about Mike's campaign donations from such a diverse (both geographically AND politically) group of people speaks far more about YOUR legitimacy as a candidate than it does his.

witchwitch 09/17/11 - 01:57 pm
Political contributions = favors

If you want a candidate to represent YOU and you haven't made a large contribution to your candidate of choice, perhaps you should consider a candidate that that has a proven record of conservative action, with regard to Borough spending.

Fred Sturman was an initiative co-sponser of Peninsula Citizens Against Private Prisons. He actively fought to have Borough citizens decide if they wanted the Borough to fund the construction of a private prison in our community.

Fred co-sponsored two efforts to end the grocery tax and was instrumental in gaining ballot access for the grocery tax exemption that saved local residents tax dollars. Fred co-sponsored two term limits initiatives, including the last one that the Borough has ignored by allowing Bill Smith to run again for a third term. State law requires that an initiative be respected for two years, yet the 2009 term limits initiative was ignored. That's business as usual for the Borough Assembly.

Fred has worked hard and has repeatedly opposed tax increases for hard working residents, opposed wildly expensive and destructive Borough projects, and has fought for term limits to bring citizens representatives into the Assembly.

He has created opportunity for all Borough residents by forcing the Borough to respect and acknowledge the will of the people. For his work to continue, citizens must stand up, become informed and vote.

We need good candidates and fresh ideas. Fred has worked to provide an opportunity for Borough voters to have their will enacted as Borough law.

If you want your representatives to continue to serve special interests and thumb their nose at the will of the people, then simply fail to vote or vote for the same people who have an agenda that doesn't include respecting voter initiatives and the voters' wishes.

Please become informed and vote for a candidate that will represent YOU and not the special interests that are driving Borough expenditures through the roof. If you want more of the same there are several candidates that will gladly continue on that path. The only one offering a different approach and has proven respect for the voters is Fred Sturman.

DaleBagley 09/18/11 - 04:41 pm

Sorry for the slow response I was at the cabin with the family this weekend and I am now catching up on things.

"Kenai' is correct I missed three contributions from Anchorage. I have 5 contributions for a total of $750. Also I did not count any of Mike's contributions from outside Alaska in his "anchorage total" becuase I assumed some of them were relatives. I had three uncles, an aunt and a sister contribute from outside Alaska. One uncle contributed after the 30 day report was due.

I fully expected Mike would outspend me. He outspent me 2 to 1 in 1999 and I still won. I doubt if he will outpspend 2 to 1 this time, but I am not surpised at his contribution level.

I still think the question about raising $12,108 dollars from Anchorage is pertinet, if you don't that is ok. I have heard from many people that don't think raising almost 45% of your contributions from Anchorage or taking money from Bob Penny is a good thing. We will see come October.

TheKenaiKid 09/18/11 - 04:52 pm

LOL @ Bagley taking Palinesque potshots at the local media while simultaneously mixing it up on the Clarion's message board. Meow, sir, mee-ow!
Not exactly becoming of a public servant. Good luck with your smear campaign, D.B.

cheapersmokes 09/18/11 - 05:47 pm
Raising money locally!

Congratulations for Dale Bagley for coming clean and doing the research on his outside of the immediate area contributions. No candidate can specify just where their contributions are allowed to come from except to send those from outside areas back to the donor. It is not in a politicians best interests to ever give money back once it reaches them either. I have seen this happen over and over again in Minnesota politics where one candidate for the Senate went out to Hollywood and got millions of dollars and for some reason they did not win the election so those funds were completely wasted. You folks have a very important election coming up and I hope you all cast an informed is your duty and right as an American citizen to do so!

Kenai 09/19/11 - 07:11 am
Perfect Sense, Dale

I'm starting to see your logic Dale. It's okay when you do it, but not when others do. Apparently, there's some threshold between a good number of "outside" donations and a bad number. Since you're the one attempting to create the controversy, you get to pick where that threshold falls. It's funny how it coincidentally exists somewhere between what you've been able to raise from outside and what Mike has.

"When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal." - Richard Milhous Nixon

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