Alaskans Standing Together is a Super PAC funded by federal contractors based in the 49th state that's trying to help Sen. Lisa Murkowski remain in Congress through a write-in campaign. The organization filed its third quarter disclosure report with the Federal Election Commission on Oct. 13 and an amended version on Oct. 15; on the last page of each, the FEC requires Alaskans Standing Together to avow that it's not working with any candidate or party committee–that it's truly independent. The exact language reads as follows:
Under penalty of perjury I certify that the independent expenditures reported herein were not made in cooperation, consultation, or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, any candidate or authorized committee or agent of either, or (if the reporting entity is not a political party committee) any political party committee or its agent.
So who certified that Alaskans Standing Together is not making independent expenditures in cooperation, consultation or concert, or at the request or suggestion of, any candidate? Both forms list the name…Lisa Murkowski!
How could Murkowski certify their independence without cooperating or consulting, at the very least, with Alaskans Standing Together? Or did the group make a mistake (twice!) in its filings? Other disclosures have Barbara Donatelli, the organization's treasurer, do the certification.
I emailed Alaskans Standing Together to find out whether the name Lisa Murkowski appears there by mistake, but even if it is an error, it's probably not a great sign that the Super PAC didn't bat an eye giving the name of the candidate it supports as a witness to its independence.