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.