Alaskan PAC Rips Joe Miller in New Ad

Alaskan PAC Rips Joe Miller in New Ad

By Erin McPike - October 15, 2010

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski got another boost on Thursday from Alaskans Standing Together, a PAC supportive of her write-in candidacy in her race for re-election against Joe Miller, the Republican nominee, and Scott McAdams, the Democratic nominee.

The PAC placed another media buy for $300,000 supporting Murkowski, according to late independent expenditure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday. It filed two other media buys worth a combined $595,000 on Monday, bringing the organization's total ad spending for Murkowski to $895,000 this week.

The new ad is mostly a negative spot about Miller, who drew harsh criticism this week at a press conference when he refused to answer personal questions. Footage of the press conference is featured prominently in the ad.

"You can ask me about background; you can ask me about personal issues. I'm not going to answer them. I'm not," Miller said at the press event.

The spot ends by reminding voters to write in Murkowski's name "and remember to fill in that oval."

Alaskans Standing Together has already launched three TV ads, two radio ads and two print ads. The advertising emphasizes the importance of having Murkowski in Washington to bring federal dollars back home and suggests that Miller's economic plan is too "radical" and would leave Alaska with a state income tax.

Miller blasted the group in a statement on Thursday, calling the group's support for the incumbent "an apparent contradiction to the senator's own protests about the influence of ‘outside groups' in this election."

The first new "Super PAC" has gotten attention in Washington this week because its existence is a direct result of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which allowed some PACs to collect unlimited financial contributions.

In an ironic twist, the first spot from Alaskans Standing Together complained that groups from out of state were spending money advertising on behalf of Miller and McAdams and trying to buy the race.

"The good news? You can vote in Alaska; they can't," an announcer says.

Murkowski's ads are mostly focused on the spelling of her name and the mechanics of writing it in at the polls in November, while Miller's are biographical. For his part, McAdams's pair of TV spots poke fun at his own background and image and include a small tribute to the late GOP Sen. Ted Stevens in the form a Hulk tie like the one he used to wear.

Erin McPike is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @ErinMcPike.

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