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Alaska oil tax repeal group raises $34,000

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm •  Published: January 13, 2014
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — 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.

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