- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell calls a rival’s attempt to try to limit third-party spending in the race a “publicity stunt.”

Republican Dan Sullivan on Tuesday called on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich to sign a pledge asking special interest groups to stop TV and radio ads that support or attack their campaigns. If they don’t stop, the candidate benefiting from the ads would have to contribute half the amount of the ad buy to a charity his opponent chooses.

Sullivan singled out Begich since they have been the focus of third-party ads so far. Begich didn’t commit to signing.

Sullivan faces a primary challenge that includes Treadwell and 2010 GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller.

Treadwell said it’s time the race “returns to discussing issues that matter most to Alaskans.”

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