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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 3:14 pm | Updated: 2:00 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

—Posted by Matt Buxton, staff writer

The last round of financial reports for this year’s elections are in and we’re working through them today.

We won’t have a full picture of the results until tomorrow’s paper as these reports take plenty of time to dig through.

We’ll try to update this periodically throughout the day.

The union-backed independent election group, Putting Alaskans First, that’s against Gov. Sean Parnell’s tax plan and supportive of the bipartisan coalition in the Senate has raised a staggering $244,8000 in a three-week period between Oct. 6 and Oct. 27.

Earlier this year, the Make Alaska Competitive Coalition, the group that has assumed much of the campaigning in favor of decreasing oil taxes, declined to release its fundraising or expenditures because it has not run ads for a specific candidate.

The Alaska Republican Party picked up $48,852.12 during that period to put them at a total of $303,403.06. They spent about $80,000 during that period. Of that, $24,268.35 (30 percent) went into direct ads against Fairbanks Democrats Sen. Joe Paskvan and Reps. Scott Kawasaki and David Guttenberg.

While the exact level of independent spending is more difficult to discern, Democrats appear to be leading their Republican opponents in terms of individual fundraising efforts.

Sen. Joe Thomas, D-Fairbanks, raised $20,431.11 to put him at a total of $133,562.65, the highest of any Interior candidate.

His opponent, Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, raised $16,230.00 to put him at a total of $88,384.00.

Sen. Joe Paskvan, D-Fairbanks, raised $17,790.70 during the same period to put him at a campaign total of $98,602.93.

Republican opponent Pete Kelly picked up $14,230.59 during that period to put him at a race total of $77,183.59.

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