Currently, there are no state campaign contribution limits in Alaska. This is because of a wrong decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and inaction by the Alaska Public Offices Commission. I fear the voices of hard-working Alaskans and their families are being drowned out by the wealthy and big-monied special interests. The wealthy should be able to buy more cars, boats, jewelry, and vacation property, but they shouldn't be able to buy our elections.
Last week, I joined my colleagues in the Alaska House Coalition in passing House Bill 234 by a vote of 21-18. To reflect the federal court's decision, the bill seeks to adjust Alaska's campaign contribution limits in the following ways.
$2,000 limit for candidates from individuals. (The previous limit was $500 per year)
- $5,000 limit for political parties or other groups from individuals.
- $4,000 limit per individual to a joint campaign for governor and lieutenant governor.
- All limits apply to each 2-year election cycle.
- Contribution limits would be adjusted for inflation every ten years.
I am proud that HB 234 includes an amendment that I authored to limit outside contributions to 25 percent of a candidate's total donations. We do not want out-of-state interests to overpower Alaska's interests by influencing our elections. This ensures Alaska's ability to self-govern and control its own destiny.
I’m here for you. I welcome your input and ideas. Call my office at (907) 465-2095 or send me an email to Rep.Chris.Tuck@akleg.gov.