Alaska Senate Race Becomes Most Expensive Campaign in State’s History
The local official introducing the candidate eventually got around to the point - Sen. Mark Begich, standing up for Alaskans, get out the vote - but first he lit into the Koch brothers and what he described as money’s power to warp politics.
“They’re literally spending hundreds of millions of dollars to defeat Sen. Begich,” fumed Bill Wielechowski, a state senator who represents a swath of Alaska’s biggest city. “Why do these billionaires want to defeat Sen. Begich? They want to fundamentally change our government. … Don’t be mistaken. The fate of the U.S. Senate is in your hands.”
When Begich took the microphone, he could only shake his head and smile. “That was my speech you just did,” said the Democrat, who is trying to keep his job in a tight and closely watched race against Republican Dan Sullivan.