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Nation: Republicans Look for Political Gold in Alaska

A handful of Republican challenger candidates are heading north to Alaska next week to promote domestic energy exploration.

The purpose of the trip, according to the campaign of Pennsylvania 7th district candidate Craig Williams (R), is to raise awareness about domestic energy sources such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

“By accessing our own domestic energy resources at ANWR, we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil while providing ourselves with a bridge to tomorrow when we can more heavily rely on renewable energy resources,” Williams said in a statement.

In addition to Williams, other Republicans heading north together July 13-18 include Indiana 2nd district candidate Luke Puckett, Indiana 8th district candidate Greg Goode, Indiana 9th district candidate Mike Sodrel, South Dakota at-large candidate Chris Lien and Wisconsin 3rd district candidate Paul Stark.

A spokesman for Williams, Pete Peterson, said the trip will be paid for out of the candidates’ campaign accounts and will cost an estimated $3,500 per person.

Boehner Went West for Fundraisers at Recess

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) went west to raise money during the Congressional recess last week, helping to fill the coffers of GOP candidates in California and Washington state.

On behalf of his the Freedom Project political action committee, Boehner did one fundraiser each for Reps. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) and Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and for Republican Duncan D. Hunter, who is running to succeed his father in California’s 52nd district.

Boehner also did two fundraising events for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), including some local television and radio appearances.

According to an aide from the Freedom Project, Boehner has headlined 95 events that raised more that $4.3 million for candidates and parties in 2008.

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