Murkowski Demands Begich Stop Using Her Image in Campaign Ads

A lawyer hired by Sen. Lisa Murkowski‘s re-election committee today sent a cease-and-desist letter to the campaign of Sen. Mark Begich. She is demanding that he quit using her name and image in his political ads.

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Begich is currently running a TV spot called “Great Team” that says they vote alike 80% of the time, a statistic that holds true for 2014 so far. Murkowski says she doesn’t support Begich’s re-election because she wants a Republican to win.

“The concern that I had was two-fold:  A misrepresentation from Sen. Begich’s campaign that somehow I had endorsed his re-election efforts,” Murkowski said in an interview with KHNS in Haines today, “and the use by the campaign of an official photo taken in my office without my permission.”

The letter accuses the Begich campaign of misusing Senate resources because of that photo, which shows the two senators in Murkowski’s Senate office. A spokesman for the Begich camp, though, says it wasn’t an official photo. The campaign says it purchased the 2008 picture from the Associated Press. Sen. Begich said today the ad is accurate and he will continue to air accurate ads.

See a copy of Murkowski’s letter here: 2014-08-07 Ltr to Begich Campaign

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Liz Ruskin covers Alaska’s congressional delegation, federal agency decisions that shape life in the 49th state, money in politics and elections. She has deep roots in Alaska and this is her third stint in Washington, a city she has grown to love.

She was born in Anchorage and is a West High graduate. She studied political science at the University of Washington and has an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia. During graduate school, she moved to Washington to intern as a D.C. correspondent. But for her first real journalism job, she moved back to Alaska to work at the Homer News. She was there for three years before taking a job at the Anchorage Daily News. Over the course of nine years in Anchorage, she covered City Hall, courts, state politics, and Native and rural affairs.

Then, in April 2001, she moved back to Washington to work in McClatchy Newspaper’s D.C. bureau as a correspondent for the Anchorage paper. She stayed in the position for five years.

She took a year off for a journalism fellowship at the University of Colorado in Boulder, then freelanced for several years from the U.K. and Japan, in print and radio.

When a vacancy occurred in APRN’s one-person Washington bureau, she jumped at the opportunity. Liz has been APRN’s Washington, D.C. correspondent since October 2013.

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