- 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.
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.
Latest FEC Datacovers through candidate's December 31, 2010 filing. independent expenditures updated daily.
Summaryoverview 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 Timereflects 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 Expendituresoutside groups that spent money supporting or opposing the candidate
Committee Name Support/Oppose Total Spending Club for GrowthSupport $318,500 National Republican Senatorial CmteSupport $311,942 Club For Growth ActionSupport $310,322 Senate Conservatives FundSupport $254,388 Working Families of AlaskaOppose $18,194 National Republican Trust PACSupport $17,433 Right to LifeSupport $17,029 CitizenLinkSupport $9,810 Focus on the FamilySupport $9,810 Western Representation PACSupport $9,580
Donor Informationcovers roughly through Q4 2012. may lag behind FEC section above, as donors and industries are identified by hand.
Top IndustriesOpenSecrets.org and FollowTheMoney.org classify contribution data into about 100 industries.
In State vs. Out of Statecontributions from individuals, in dollars
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