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Miller’s Statewide Ads Go After Murkowski Dynasty and Chairmanship

The Joe Miller campaign today discussed a television ad and radio ad currently running statewide in Alaska, which confronts head-on the issue of Lisa Murkowski’s seniority, as well as her position as chair of the Senate Energy Committee: two of the centerpieces of her campaign messaging.

In Miller’s television ad, Lisa Murkowski: Imperial Senator, which began running over the weekend, the candidate charges, “The 36-year Murkowski dynasty has led Alaska down a dead end road.” The reference is to her father Frank Murkowski first winning the seat in the U.S. Senate in 1980 and then appointing his daughter Lisa to fill it, when he became governor in 2002.

In the ad, Frank can be seen raising Lisa’s hand in her senate office, announcing, “Hey, hey, hey, pay tribute to Caesar.”

Miller counters in the ad, “The government is the servant, not the master.”

The ad also highlights that while Murkowski has touted “fighting for Alaska,” much more of the state has been closed to resource development, and just during the last several months the federal government seized wildlife management control of 100 million acres of Alaska land, over one quarter of the state.

This has happened while Murkowski was chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and chair of the Subcommittee on Appropriations for Interior and the Environment.

In fact, Congressional Quarterly reported that Murkowski specifically stated she was not willing to use the power of the purse to reign in rogue federal agencies: “The top Senate Republican appropriator for the EPA indicated Thursday that she won’t write a spending bill for the agency that rolls back regulations — an approach that she hopes will win Democratic backing.”

Murkowski has not used the power she has to confront federal overreach.

A Miller radio ad currently playing in the state features Murkowski screaming, “I’m the chairrrrmmmmaaaannnn!,” at a 2014 election night event as she held a chair over her head.

The narrator states, “That’s exactly what we’re afraid of . . .” and goes on to point out the big government mindset she brings to the position, which is doing more harm than good for Alaskans.

“Lisa Murkowski has used the Energy Committee to push policies that will only end in fewer jobs, a weaker economy, and higher energy costs for all Alaskans,” the narrator states.

Murkowski is also hit for her support of cap-n-trade, carbon taxes, and increased federal mandates that create barriers to economic growth.

The ad further criticizes Murkowski for her past and present support of cutting Alaskans’ Permanent Dividend Fund (PFD) payments to fund bureaucrats and special interests, without seriously addressing the state’s budget. Miller has called the decision to cut the PFD in half, “The most regressive tax in Alaska state history, and perhaps the most regressive tax in American history.” In response, he initiated the “Save-The-PFD” recall petition in July.

“The feedback from both our television and radio ads has been phenomenal,” said campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto. “Many voters have been enlightened to how Lisa Murkowski’s rhetoric about fighting for and being the ‘Conservative Voice for Alaska’ in Washington does not match reality.”

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Murkowski and AK GOP Leadership Continue Deceitful Ways; Party Members File FEC, Ethics Complaints

The Joe Miller campaign today charged Lisa Murkowski with trying to deceive the voters of Alaska following the transfer of another $100,000 in campaign cash to the Alaska Republican Party (ARP). The transfer appears solely for the purpose of attacking Miller, while hiding the true identity of the assailant. The total is now a quarter of a million dollars since Miller’s entry into the race.

The Miller campaign also discussed a complaint filed by Republican District 11 precinct leader Julie Hamm against the ARP and its chairman Tuckerman Babcock with the Federal Election Commission regarding multiple alleged violations of FEC rules.

Further, District 9 chair Carol Carman filed an ethics complaint with the State Central Committee regarding Babcock’s conduct.

In a release last week, the Miller campaign noted that Murkowski had transferred $150,300 since Miller’s decision to enter the U.S. Senate race on Sept. 6. This total is well over the $96,100 FEC limit allowed in coordinated campaign expenditures for the Alaska senate race.

The latest FEC filings show that Murkowski has doubled down by transferring an additional $100,000. The six cash transfers to the party include: Sept. 20 – $50,000; Sept. 23 – $67,000; Sept. 30 – $25,500; Oct. 7 – $7,000; Oct. 10 – $35,300; and Oct. 18 – $64,000, with a grand total of $249,600.

These transfers from Murkowski are listed as “Surplus Campaign Funds,” by the ARP, while Murkowski has listed them as “other” in her third quarter filing, with the October transfers not available yet to review.

The funds are being used to level false personal attacks against Joe Miller through statewide mailers. Lisa Murkowski is clearly trying to hide her sleazy attacks by listing them as “other.” This violates every principle of transparency and the whole objective of campaign finance laws. Alaskans have a right to know who is perpetrating the attacks.

“If Lisa Murkowski has something to say about Joe Miller, she needs to have the courage and the integrity to say it herself and not rent out the Alaska Republican Party to do her dirty work,” said campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto.

“These multiple, frantic transfers of cash are clearly acts of desperation. They know the momentum is with Joe Miller, and he is once again in a position to defeat Lisa Murkowski,” said DeSoto. “All Alaska Republicans should be outraged by the unethical conduct of the party’s leadership.”

Meanwhile Julie Hamm, a GOP precinct leader, filed an FEC complaint last week against the Alaska GOP and its chairman Tuckerman Babcock.

The complaint hits Babcock and the Alaska Republican Party leadership on multiple issues including:

1. Failing to account for all the party’s funds.

2. Failing to file a proper FEC Form 1 – Statement of Organization within the required timeframe showing a new Treasurer as well as new address of the Alaska Republican Party.

3. Filing FEC reports listing the wrong person as Treasurer.

A Miller campaign release from last week also highlighted that the Alaska GOP is currently being investigated by the FEC for failing to properly disclose expenditures made during the primary campaign.

Alaska Republican Party District 9 chair Carol Carman has also filed an ethics complaint with the State Central Committee regarding Tuckerman Babcock’s unethical conduct in circulating the Murkowski flyers.

The Alaska GOP seems more than willing to play fast and loose with the rules.

“What is becoming apparent through all these revelations- Murkowski’s money laundering with the AK GOP, missing cash, failure to disclose–is a willingness to throw ethical, even apparently legal conduct to the wind in hopes of pulling the wool over Alaskans’ eyes,” said DeSoto. “Voters are smarter than that and will show it on November 8th, when they elect Joe Miller to the U.S. Senate.”

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Murkowski’s Hired Henchman at the Alaska Republican Party Busted for Filing False Police Report

The Miller campaign blasted Murkowski’s paid frontman Tuckerman Babcock for trying to illegally exploit the police for political gain.

The Alaska Republican Party (ARP) and its chairman Tuckerman Babcock took their acts of desperation to a whole new level today, when they filed a false police report against the Joe Miller campaign for mailers sent highlighting Lisa Murkowski’s Wall Street, crony capitalists connections.

At issue were GOP political flyers donated to the Miller campaign by a member of ARP from the 2010 U.S. Senate campaign, in which the GOP hit Murkowski for bailing out her Wall Street friends.

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“Clearly Tuckerman Babcock is trying to keep Alaskans from learning about Murkowski’s liberal voting record and the money laundering scheme she and the Party have been perpetrating on the Alaskan people with her campaign funds,” said DeSoto.

“The Alaska Republican Party is in full meltdown mode, and Lisa Murkowski’s campaign is in its death spiral,” he added.

Tuckerman violated Alaska Statute 11.56.80, which provides a person is guilty of filing a false report if he or she knowingly gives false information to the police “with the intent of implicating another in an offense.”

“The Anchorage Police Department would be well within their rights to press charges against Tuckerman Babcock, as he violated AS 11.56.800, when he filed a frivolous and false report,” said DeSoto.

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Murkowski Campaign Makes ‘Highly Unusual’ Massive Transfers of Funds To State Party

Anchorage, Alaska. October 24, 2016 — An FEC Report filed by the Alaska Republican Party for financial activity in September has disclosed a series of highly unusual financial transactions involving both the Lisa Murkowski for U.S. Senate Campaign and the Alaska Republican Party.

Starting on September 20, the Murkowski campaign began making large transfers of campaign funds from her campaign account to the Alaska Republican Party which were described on an FEC report as “Contribution of Surplus Campaign Funds.”

The Murkowski campaign made the following payments, totaling $150,300, to the Alaska Republican Party: September 20 – $50,000; September 23 – $67,800; September 30 – $25,500. And, an FEC Report filed by the Murkowski campaign also showed a fourth transfer to the Alaska Republican Party on September 30 in the amount of $7,000.

It should be noted all these payments were made after Joe Miller entered the U.S. Senate race on Sept. 6.

“The whole purpose of campaign finance law is so the voters can know the true source of the message and who is funding it,” said campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto. “There appears to be strong evidence in these instances the Murkowski campaign and the Alaska Republican Party are trying to circumvent the law.”

In a phone call today, FEC compliance staff described such pre-election transfers of “Surplus Campaign Funds” by federal candidates to a party committee as “highly unusual” and the sort of matter that, at the very least, “may require an Advisory Opinion” from the Commission.

The Murkowski Campaign ambiguously categorized each of these four large transfers simply as “other.” If the funds were transferred for some legitimate purpose, this is where the purpose should have been disclosed.

Moreover, under federal law, the amount of money that the Alaska Republican party committee may expend on Coordinated Party Activities with this year’s Senate campaign is strictly limited to $96,100. This means that if all these transferred funds are used to pay for coordinated media or mailings boosting Murkowski’s campaign or opposing Miller’s, there would not just be one violation of federal election law, but two.

The Alaska Republican Party would be violating federal election law for making an illegal, excessive Coordinated Party Expenditure of more than $50,000. And Murkowski would be violating federal election law for receiving an illegal, excessive in-kind contribution in the same amount. Such illegal excessive contributions would no doubt result in hefty five-digit fines being imposed not just on the Murkowski campaign, but on the Alaska Republican Party as well. If all of the Murkowski funds are spent on helping Murkowski, this fine would need to be paid from the scarce resources of the Alaska Republican Party.

On the other hand, if the funds transferred to the Alaska Republican Party were not being used for the benefit of the Murkowski campaign, these enormous transfers of cash would constitute a betrayal of those who donated to the Murkowski campaign in order to help elect her to office — not for some other purpose.

Moreover, for Murkowski, as a candidate in a close race, to make such massive transfers of money that would not benefit her campaign, would be the height of arrogance — demonstrating that she believed that she had already won the election, just as the first votes are being cast throughout the State today.

“Sadly, the political establishment of Alaska has for too long taken for granted the people of Alaska. It is time to end the tenure of this arrogant, high-flying, loose-dealing professional politician and return the U.S. Senate seat to the people of Alaska,” said DeSoto.

Joe Miller is a limited government Constitutionalist who believes government exists to protect our liberties, not to take them away. He supports free people, free markets, federalism, the Constitutional right to life, the 2nd Amendment, religious liberty, American sovereignty, and a strong national defense.

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Joe Miller: Murkowski Has Been A ‘Big Part Of Problem’ In DC

Our nation and state are clearly on the wrong path. Alaskans feel it: mounting national debt, steep deficits, social unrest, and an economy that has all but flat-lined.

Unfortunately, Lisa Murkowski has been a big part of the problem, and to borrow a phrase from Ronald Reagan, “I cannot and will not stand by and see this great country destroy itself.”

Murkowski stated earlier this month she “cannot and will not support” Republican nominee Donald Trump for president, meaning she presumably would rather see Hillary Clinton occupy the Oval Office.

As Chief Executive, Clinton will fill the Supreme Court and the rest of the federal bench with liberal justices, while taking America further down President Obama’s road to ruin.

During the last session of Congress, Murkowski voted with President Obama 72 percent of the time, making her the most liberal “Republican” senator up for re-election.

Because of her votes in Congress, the senator received an “F” rating from Conservative Review coming in below liberal New York Democrat Charlie Rangel.

Murkowski also garnered failing grades from Heritage Action and FreedomWorks. Family Research Council also gave her an “F” and National Right To Life, did so as well during the last session of Congress.

Meanwhile, NARAL Pro-Choice America recognized Murkowski as being an abortion supporter, giving her an 80 percent rating for her votes in 2014. Just this past December, Murkowski offered legislation, along with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, seeking to block Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

This is not the record of the “Conservative Voice for Alaska” Lisa Murkowski claims to be in campaign ads.

Despite being from the Last Frontier, “Murkowski acts like a Republican from New Jersey,” conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin charged on his program a few weeks ago when he endorsed my candidacy.

Murkowski’s liberal, big government credentials are long-standing. While serving as a state legislator, she co-sponsored legislation to take part of your PFD and use it to fund state government and also voted to institute a state income tax.

Earlier this year, she suggested that your PFD should be on the table as a possible solution to the government’s spending addiction.

Her record in Washington on issues that specifically impact Alaska is no better. The senator voted to confirm anti-gun Attorney General Eric Holder and anti-development, radical environmentalist Sally Jewell to be Secretary of the Interior.

Under Jewell’s leadership, Alaskans saw control of another 100 million acres of their land ceded to the federal government over just the last few months.

Nearly two-thirds of Alaska’s territory is already controlled by the feds, ranking second only to Nevada. Washington, D.C. should not be taking more of our land, it should be relinquishing it, as the Statehood Act (1958) requires.

Murkowski facilitated this most recent land grab in her position as chair of the Senate appropriations subcommittee on the Interior and Environment, when she voted to fund the very program that is responsible for the theft.

If you grant me the honor to serve as your next United States Senator, I’ll fight to protect your interests, not special interests.

The Constitution will be the North Star that guides my decisions.

You have my word that I will stand up to the Establishment, in both parties, and be relentless in the fight to restore our nation to its constitutional foundations, where government is once again the servant, and not the master.

I will fight to rescind all of President Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders, including executive amnesty. Americans shouldn’t lose their jobs or see their pay held down due to cheap, illegal labor.

Further, the administration’s Islamic refugee resettlement must end, unless a means to adequately vet individuals seeking entry can be but in place.

Our foremost liberty is the right to life. I am the only U.S. Senate candidate that has been endorsed by Alaska Right to Life and Alaska Family Action.

The Second Amendment is essential to our liberty, and I will oppose all efforts to thwart this fundamental right. I am the only candidate in the race backed by Gun Owners of America.

As a veteran (endorsed by Combat Veterans for Congress) who has used Veterans Administration medical services, I will be tireless in ensuring our nation keeps its promises to those who have served our nation in uniform.

It is time for Alaskans to take control of our destiny. With courage and hard work, the fortunes of America and Alaska can turn again. I believe a return to constitutional government can restore the nation we know and love.

I would be honored to have your vote on November 8th.

Lisa Murkowski and Her SuperPAC’s PFD Grab Election Scam

Long before Alaska’s current fiscal crisis, Lisa Murkowski was an advocate of raiding the Permanent Fund for State expenditures. Even after 83% of Alaskans voted to stop the PFD Grab, Murkowski either sponsored or voted for three separate raids on the PFD.

When Lisa Murkowski decided to mount a 2010 general election challenge to the Republican nominee she promised to support, a SuperPAC called Alaskans Standing Together was formed.

The group was led by numerous Alaska-based corporations, including GCI, Unicom, Jim Jansen (owner of Lynden Transport), and other Alaska corporations. These corporations poured more than $1.8 million into the six-week effort to stop Republican nominee Joe Miller and assassinate his character.

No less than $575,000 of those funds came directly from leadership and corporate sponsors of the Alaska’s Future campaign that spent millions to convince State leaders to steal $666 million of your Permanent Fund earnings, costing every Alaskan more than $1,000 of their 2016 PFD.

Also playing along with the scam was the entire leadership structure of the Republican-controlled Alaska State Legislature, including Senate President Gary Stevens and Speaker of the House Mike Chenault.

Here’s one of the lying ads from 2010:

In retrospect, that effort was even more extraordinary than it appeared at the time. The case made by Murkowski and her supporters in 2010 was that Joe Miller’s economic plan would collapse Alaska’s economy and precipitate a state financial crisis that would end in the imposition of a State income tax and a PFD Grab. This was done with exactly zero evidence for such a claim. It was a lie, flat-out.

What made the campaign scam even more incredible was Speaker Chenault’s top staffer, Tom Wright, appearing in a Lisa Murkowski campaign ad claiming that Joe Miller was “so off the wall that the direction he wants to take us will bankrupt Alaska.”

Here’s that lying ad:

Yet Speaker Mike Chenault and Tom Wright, with a direct hand in every State budget since 2005, have actually presided over the bankrupting of Alaska, resulting in the theft of half of every Alaskan’s PFD and proposals for a whole array of new taxes and tax increases, including the imposition of a State income tax. It could rightly be said that Mike Chenault, with more influence over the state fiscal situation than any other Alaskan, is the architect of the State’s fiscal crisis.

Make no mistake about it, the Murkowski’s Alaskans Standing Together effort to discredit Joe Miller was no accident. It was a scam. It was executed with willful intent to cover Lisa Murkowski’s long history of support for stealing the PFD to fund big government.

Earlier this year, when Lisa Murkowski affirmed her support for the current PFD grab, the scam had come full circle. Like her father before her, who appointed her to the United States Senate, Murkowski has always been supportive of stealing your PFD to fund big government and special interests.

But she’s not alone. Many of the same players who supported her election scam in 2010 are now both funding Alaska’s Future campaign to steal the PFD, and Senator Murkowski’s current campaign for re-election.

It’s time to send this den of thieves packing, and it starts on November the 8th with rejecting Lisa Murkowski.

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Miller: Apparently Murkowski Would Rather Have A Hillary Clinton Presidency

Anchorage, Alaska. October 11, 2016 — Joe Miller reacted on Tuesday to Lisa Murkowski’s decision not to back Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and her forced resignation from the Alaska Republican Party State Central Committee.

On Friday, Murkowski stated, “I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for president. He has forfeited the right to be our party’s nominee.”

“Presumably Murkowski’s proclamation that she will not support Trump means she would prefer to see Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office,” said Miller.

“Though it’s now official, the truth is Lisa Murkowski left the Republican Party a long time ago,” he added.

She has now lost her right to vote in the Alaska Republican Party, and is officially a Republican-In-Name-Only.

In 2010, Murkowski reneged on her word and enlisted the help of Democrats to run against the Republican Party nominee for U.S. Senate.

She was the most liberal “Republican” up for re-election then, and she is once again now.

She voted 72 percent of the time with Obama during the last Congress, while touting in campaign ads that she’s “The Conservative Voice for Alaska” in Washington, D.C.

Her votes have earned her an “F” rating from the Conservative Review, FreedomWorks, and Heritage Action.

Even disgraced New York Democrat Congressman Charlie Rangel earned a higher score with Conservative Review.

“A Hillary Clinton presidency would be a disaster for the country, keeping us on Barack Obama’s road to ruin. If she wins, the Supreme Court will be lost for a generation,” said Miller.

Joe Miller is a limited government Constitutionalist who believes government exists to protect our liberties, not to take them away. He supports free people, free markets, federalism, the Constitutional right to life, the 2nd Amendment, religious liberty, American sovereignty, and a strong national defense.

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Miller: Murkowski Hiding From Alaska; Ducking Job Interview

Joe Miller responded today to the news that incumbent Lisa Murkowski is refusing to debate on Alaska’s most-watched television station.

“Lisa Murkowski is scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with excuses for not showing up for her job review,” Miller said. “She’s hiding from Alaska and making excuses. It simply makes no sense to say you want to debate before a broad swath of your constituency while avoiding the largest state-wide television audience.”

Murkowski has agreed only to “debates” sponsored and moderated by her supporters and donors, or, in the case of public television, a venue dependent upon her for tax-payer subsidies.

There is no doubt to an impartial observer that the senator is running from public dialogue, and the issues most pressing to a majority of Alaskans.

Miller concluded, “This is typical behavior for a member of the Incumbents Club. Always up for a contest, as long as it’s rigged. Special favors for special interests. She’s determined to get this election into the special interest weeds so she doesn’t have to answer for what she’s actually been doing in Washington DC. Alaskans deserve better.”

Joe Miller is a limited government Constitutionalist who believes government exists to protect our liberties, not to take them away. He supports free people, free markets, federalism, the Constitutional right to life, the 2nd Amendment, religious liberty, American sovereignty, and a strong national defense.

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Senate Candidate Joe Miller Agrees With Bill Clinton: Obamacare is ‘Crazy’

U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller agreed on Wednesday with former President Bill Clinton’s assessment that Obamacare is “the craziest thing in the world” and called out Sen. Lisa Murkowski for merely seeking to “fix” the law.

The Hill reported on Tuesday that former President Clinton “steamrolled President Obama’s signature healthcare law” saying:

“You’ve got this crazy system where all the sudden 25 million more people have healthcare and then the people are out there busting it [at their jobs], sometimes 60 hours a week, [and] wind[ing] up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half.”

“It’s the craziest thing in the world,” he added.

Miller stated, “Bill Clinton got it right. Obamacare is crazy. I have fought this legislation from its inception.”

“Following the law’s passage in the Senate in the spring of 2010–through the dubious means of budget reconciliation–I called out Sen. Murkowski for joining the Republican surrender caucus and giving up on repeal. Repealing Obamacare is the only answer,” said Miller.

Local NBC affiliate KTUU ran a story following the law’s passage in March 2010, reporting that Murkowski viewed the law as a “work in progress.”

The senator stated, “Repealing this is not the answer, in my opinion, because if you just repeal and you do nothing, we will not have addressed healthcare reform.”

During a town hall in Anchorage in August 2009, as the healthcare legislation was being considered in Congress, Murkowski said, “It’s not so much that a government run plan is in and of itself a bad thing . . . What we have to have is a government-run plan that actually works.”

Murkowski voted against the effort to defund Obamacare in 2013, and while she did vote to repeal the law in December 2015, she, along with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, introduced an amendment seeking to remove language that defunded Planned Parenthood.

Murkowski recently reiterated the view that government has a significant role to play in healthcare in an op-ed in the Alaska Dispatch News in May: “Until the Affordable Care Act is truly affordable for Alaskans and actually increases access to care, I will not ease up on my efforts to fix this unworkable law.”

“The senator’s big government mindset is entirely wrong,” said Miller. “More government involvement in the healthcare market has done exactly what I predicted: drove costs up exponentially and decreased options for Alaskans.”

Miller concluded, “I will not go to Washington with plans of ‘fixing’ Obamacare. I will fight to fully repeal Obamacare.”

Joe Miller is a limited government Constitutionalist who believes government exists to protect our liberties, not to take them away. He supports free people, free markets, federalism, the Constitutional right to life, the 2nd Amendment, religious liberty, American sovereignty, and a strong national defense.

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Radio Talk Show Host Lars Larson Endorses Joe Miller for U.S. Senate

Anchorage, Alaska. October 4, 2016 — On his program on Monday evening, nationally syndicated talk show host Lars Larson endorsed Libertarian candidate Joe Miller for U.S. Senate in Alaska.

“One of the last places in the world you’d expect to find a RINO Republican would be Alaska and yet there is one there named Lisa Murkwoski,” said Larson.

He continued, “And the man who is running to beat Lisa Murkowski and replace her in the senate is a guy I feel very strongly about, Joe Miller.”

Miller agreed with Larson’s assessment about Murkowski. “She’s wrong on every conservative plank almost of the Republican Party. In fact, I align far closer to that than she does. It’s one of the reasons we had such a push to get into the race from Republicans,” said Miller.

After a member of the Alaska Republican Party’s Central Committee was expelled for openly backing Joe Miller over Murkowski, five others stepped down in order to do so. (Listen to some of them speak about their decision in the radio ad below.)

Miller has also been endorsed by conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin, Alaska Right to Life, Gun Owners of America, Combat Veterans for Congress, and has the backing of the Alaska Republican Assembly.

Joe Miller is a limited government Constitutionalist who believes government exists to protect our liberties, not to take them away. He supports free people, free markets, federalism, the Constitutional right to life, the 2nd Amendment, religious liberty, American sovereignty, and a strong national defense.