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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:38 pm | Updated: 11:39 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A group led by labor interests gathered in front of Alaska Republican party headquarters Tuesday to protest the influence of outside groups in this year's elections.

An email from the AFL-CIO, publicizing the event, singled out the Republican State Leadership Committee as being among the groups seeking to influence Alaska legislative races.

Matthew Walter, with the Republican State Leadership Committee, says his group is looking at spending six figures to support an independent expenditure group. He says this is meant to counter the highly organized and well-funded efforts of labor and "left-leaning" groups.

The labor-backed Putting Alaskans First Committee has spent in the six-figures supporting the Senate's bipartisan coalition and its stand against the governor's tax-cut plans.

About 20-25 protesters gathered some carrying signs with sayings like "Protect Our Voice."

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