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Joe Miller

Office Sought:
US Senate, AK

Joseph Wayne "Joe" Miller (born May 10, 1967) is an American attorney who was the Republican Party nominee and the Tea Party favorite in the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Alaska. He faced Democrat Scott McAdams and incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who, after losing the primary to Miller, ran as a write-in candidate in the general election. The machine count of the ballots cast in the November 2, 2010 election showed that the largest number, 41 percent, were write-ins; the second largest number, 35 percent, were for Miller. Alaska election officials then hand counted the write-in votes to see what names were on them. Using a voter intent standard, they allowed ballots that had minor misspellings to count for Murkowski, which gave Murkowski a lead of more than 10,000 votes. Miller said that according to the Alaska election statute, any ballot that did not have the exact spelling of the write-in candidate's last name or the name exactly as it appeared on the declaration of write-in candidacy was invalid. Miller's vote count observers challenged ballots with spelling errors, penmanship issues, cross-outs, additional words such as "Republican", and ballots with Murkowski's last name followed by her first name. After the final ballots were counted, Miller still trailed Murkowski by nearly 2,200 votes even if all of the challenged ballots were thrown out. Miller did not concede, but instead, brought federal and state court cases which halted the certification of the election.

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Campaign Finance

$3,332,998 Received

Figures are based on itemized contributions reported to the Federal Election Commission and state agencies. Please note that:

  • contributions under $200 are not reported, and so are not included in totals.
  • only contributions from individuals and organizations to candidates are included. Various accounting measures and more exotic contribution types are excluded.
  • contributions are matched based on organization and recipient name reported within each election cycle. Contributions using an incorrect or non-standard version of the name may be missed.
  • corporate name changes and mergers may cause figures to differ from those of the Center for Responsive Politics.
  • organization totals include known subsidiaries of the organization.

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Latest FEC Data

covers through candidate's December 31, 2010 filing. independent expenditures updated daily.
  • Summary

    overview of how much the candidate raised and spent, and who contributed it
    Total Raised:
    $3,332,998 #46 of 64 Senate candidates
    Total Spent:
    $1,497,872 #50 of 64 Senate candidates
    Cash on Hand:
    $825,008 #15 of 64 Senate candidates
  • Contributions Over Time

    reflects only contributions over $200, as smaller contributions are not individually reported. For some candidates a significant portion of their fundraising may not be captured by this chart.
  • Independent Expenditures

    outside groups that spent money supporting or opposing the candidate
    Committee Name Support/Oppose Total Spending
    Club for Growth
    National Republican Senatorial Cmte
    Club For Growth Action
    Senate Conservatives Fund
    Working Families of Alaska
    National Republican Trust PAC
    Right to Life
    Focus on the Family
    Western Representation PAC
note: data comes from latest FEC filings and has not been cleaned or standardized. See section below for standardized data.

Donor Information

federal data covers roughly through Q2 2014
state-level data is not available in bulk for 2014. for current state data, browse http://followthemoney.org/
  • Top Industries

    OpenSecrets.org and FollowTheMoney.org classify contribution data into about 100 industries.
    83% of the total amount raised came from an identifiable industry.
  • In State vs. Out of State

    contributions from individuals, in dollars
  • Top Contributors

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    Organizations' PAC(s)
    Employee Color Block
    Associated Individuals
    Includes contributions from an organization’s employees, their family members and its political action committee.
View all campaign finance data for Joe Miller Sources: OpenSecrets.org Party Time