- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A $300,000 donation to a political committee affiliated with GOP strategist Karl Rove came from the parents of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, not the financial institution that writes the family’s checks, a newspaper reported.

Sandra and Thomas Sullivan each gave $150,000 to American Crossroads, which reserved $5.5 million in TV ad time following the primary, in the lead-up to the November general election.

American Crossroads supports Sullivan in the race against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in Alaska.

The Center for Public Integrity first reported the donations. It found that American Crossroads had misidentified the source of the funds in a monthly disclosure report with the Federal Election Commission.

The filing, which was later corrected, originally identified the donor as Philadelphia-based Glenmede Trust Co. It listed the company’s address as a Florida condominium owned by Thomas Sullivan, a former CEO of RPM International, an Ohio-based industrial products company.

The Alaska Dispatch News reported (https://bit.ly/1rlVomn) on Monday that a spokesman for the group said the source of the money was mistakenly listed as the financial institution that issued the family’s checks.

The corrected filing shows the Sullivans as the group’s second- and third-largest donors in August.

The Alaska Democratic Party, in a release, tried to cast the situation as Sullivan’s parents getting caught trying to make a secret donation.

A spokesman for the Sullivan campaign declined to comment.

Members of Sullivan’s previously gave $375,000 to Alaska’s Energy/America’s Values, a pro-Sullivan super political action committee run by Anchorage political consultant Art Hackney. Hackney also has served as a strategist for American Crossroads.


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

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