The union label
The two fund-raising front-runners in the field of 15 candidates vying for the Anchorage mayor’s job in April have racked up impressive campaign donation figures.
To date, Assemblyman Forrest Dunbar has amassed $252,216 and longtime businessman Mike Robbins, $211,188, in their bids for the post. Disgraced former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, it should be noted, collected $261,138 in donations in his campaign for the job in 2018.
Dunbar’s Alaska Public Offices Commission reports look like a Who’s Who of Alaska liberals. Robbins? It is rife with business owners and business interests and differs greatly in the kinds of contributors.
The startling difference is that Dunbar’s contributors include a host of unions that contributed about $18,500, or 7 percent of his total campaign donations. Robbins’ contribution reports show no donations from unions or their political action committees. None. Zip. Nada.
If nothing else is clear, unions favor Dunbar in upcoming contest.