|ANCHORAGE, AK – In separate attempts to mislead Alaskans, Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Al Gross and outside Super PAC 314 Action are attacking Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan for his work on emergency CARES Act relief funding for Alaska families and workers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The recent attack ads by Al Gross and his million-dollar SuperPAC are a slap in the face of Alaska families, workers and small businesses that continue to struggle in the face of COVID-19,” said Campaign Manager Matt Shuckerow. “While Senator Sullivan has worked tirelessly to provide critical relief for Alaskans, Al Gross and his Lower 48 supporters are showing what ridiculous lengths they’ll go to get elected. The CARES Act – and subsequent reforms championed by Senator Sullivan for seasonal workers – received universal support. Al Gross is now on record saying he would have denied Alaskans this relief. It’s sad, but not surprising. There’s no other way to put it.”
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020 in the face of COVID-19. The legislation received near universal support, passing the U.S. Senate 96-0 and the U.S. House by voice vote. Of those on record in opposition of the CARES Act, Al Gross joins a limited group of lawmakers including far left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
“In the months following the pandemic, Senator Sullivan worked tirelessly to stand up for Alaska businesses and workers. At a time of unquestionable uncertainty, the CARES Act was a critical lifeline to so many Alaskans. Not only did it bring billions to the Alaska economy in the form of the Paycheck Protection Program, State and Community Assistance, the CARES Act bridged the gap for so many out of work Alaskans and families,” said Jim Dodson, Fairbanks Business Advocate and Sullivan 2020 Campaign Co-Chair.
“Passing the CARES Act was a critical first step during an extremely uncertain and volatile economic times at the beginning of an unprecedented health crisis. This Act provided immediate assistance to Alaskans workers and their families and in turn, saved lives. Why Al Gross would attack Senator Sullivan on this issue is beyond me. The CARES Act was unanimously supported throughout the Senate with a vote of 96-0,” said Joey Merrick, Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 341.
“When the pandemic hit, Senator Sullivan reached out to Alaska businesses – found out what we needed –– and specifically put in place a program in the Paycheck Protection Program that was a lifeline for us. Without Senator Sullivan’s hard work and dedication towards making sure Alaska businesses would have access to funding, we wouldn’t be open. We wouldn’t be here right now,” said Brian Kraft, Owner of Alaska Sportsmen Lodge .
“The ads being run by Al Gross and 314 Action are offensive to every Alaskan family, worker and business who received CARES Act relief funds in the wake of COVID-19,” said Cynthia Erickson, Owner of Tanana Commercial, Co. “Al Gross owes Alaskans an explanation as to why he would have denied Alaskans this support.”
“The pandemic hit Alaska hard, especially the tourism industry. Dan Sullivan fought hard so that seasonal businesses like ours were not left in the dark by securing a provision that ensured our eligibility for critical relief funding,” said Josh Howes, President of Premier Alaska Tours .