- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - In the final days before the election, a new Republican group has launched an advertising campaign against independent Alaska gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker.

The group, Citizens Against Walker, is spending $150,000 on a TV ad on one station, KTVA, Alaska Dispatch News (https://is.gd/i13uKl) reported.

The group announced Monday it also launched a radio ad.

The influx of cash comes at a time when incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell is seen as vulnerable in the wake of allegations that he didn’t act fast enough to allegations about sexual assault and fraud in the Alaska National Guard.

Randy Ruedrich, former chair of the Alaska Republican Party, heads Citizens Against Walker. Washington, D.C.-based attorney Michael Adams is treasurer of the group and works with the Republican Governors Association.

The ads targeting Walker mirror attempts in other states to tie Democratic candidates to the policies of President Obama.

“Liberal Bill Walker says he wants to put Alaska first,” the TV ad states. “But he would put Obamacare first.”

Walker has stated he wants to expand Medicaid coverage in Alaska. Parnell opposes Medicaid expansion.

Walker spokeswoman Lindsay Hobson said the campaign is optimistic the ads will have no impact on the race.

“I think they see this as a threatened seat,” she said of the anti-Walker group. “I think it’s a last-ditch effort to come in and try to rescue Parnell. And I think Alaskans will see through it.”

The ads note that top contributors to the group are the Republican Governors Association, Associated Builders and Contractors of Alaska, and the Sportsmen’s Conservation Alliance Political Action Committee.

The money spent by the anti-Walker group will pay for about 30 commercials, according to a filing with KTVA.

A group funded primarily by labor unions is supporting Walker and has spent almost $500,000 on advertising, according to labor leader Vince Beltrami, who chairs the group.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com

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