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Oil tax repeal group raises $34,000

Posted: January 13, 2014 - 11:20pm

JUNEAU — The group behind an effort to repeal Alaska’s oil tax law raised about $34,000 during the last three months of 2013.

Vote Yes-Repeal the Giveaway ended the year with nearly $23,000 on hand. Contributions during the fourth quarter included $200 from Democratic state Rep. Max Gruenberg. Senate Democratic Leader Hollis French contributed $150 in refreshments for a fundraiser.

For the campaign so far, the group reported raising more than $100,000, according to its latest filing with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, which was submitted Friday.

Meanwhile, an opposition group, Vote No on One, showed cumulative contributions of more than $1.6 million in a report filed Dec. 31. The vast majority of that came from the oil and gas industry.

The referendum — centered on the oil tax cut the Legislature passed last year — is scheduled to appear on the August primary ballot.

In other filings, Bristol Bay Forever Inc. reported raising about $101,000 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. Almost all that, $100,000, was from Robert Gillam, an opponent of the proposed Pebble Mine. Bristol Bay Forever is behind a ballot initiative that would require legislative approval for a large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation in the Bristol Bay region. The group ended the year with about $74,000 on hand.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana, behind an effort to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Alaska, raised about $1,800 during the quarter and ended the year with about $2,600 on hand.

Alaskans for a Fair Minimum Wage, which is pursuing an increase in the state minimum wage, reported raising nearly $9,900. The group, which has received financial support from unions, ended the quarter with about $10,900 on hand and $3,000 in debts for signature gathering.

A sponsor of the minimum wage proposal, Ed Flanagan, said the group plans to submit signatures this week to qualify for the August ballot. Backers of the proposed marijuana initiative submitted their signatures last week.

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