GOP-aligned clean energy group tops $1M in boost to Murkowski

By Timothy Cama | 10/14/2022 04:06 PM EDT

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Francis Chung/E&E News

Clean energy advocacy group ClearPath Action Fund is launching a new $555,000 advertising campaign for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s reelection bid.

The new buy put the super PAC’s spending on behalf of the Alaska Republican above $1 million, the highest amount from the group for any candidate this election cycle. The group works to elect Republicans who are “clean energy champions,” according to its website.

The group has supported 11 other Republicans up for election this year: Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and John Kennedy (R-La.) and Reps. John Curtis (R-Utah), Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), among others.

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“ClearPath Action Fund got out of the gate early for Senator Murkowski, and we’re closing strong because her resume of results for clean energy innovation is impeccable,” Jay Faison, ClearPath’s founder, said in a statement. “Lisa has been the driving force behind the biggest bipartisan energy policy wins over the past decade,”

The ad will air on television and digital platforms through Election Day.

“Lisa Murkowski remains committed to protecting Alaska interests, from Arctic policy to affordable, reliable and clean energy,” the voiceover says in the ad. “With cleaner energy technology, our state’s economy becomes stronger.”

Murkowski, the former chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, faces a reelection challenge from former Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka, a Republican.

Tshibaka, who has the backing of former President Donald Trump, has argued that Murkowski’s support for Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s confirmation is a mark against her (Greenwire, Sept. 2).

Teacher Pat Chesbro, a Democrat, is also in the race, which will be conducted in a ranked-choice system. The race between Murkowski and Tshibaka is expected to be close.

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