Begich campaign swings back at 'misleading' carbon tax ad

“The Koch brothers could have saved themselves a lot of money if they did their homework first - Senator Begich has already said he doesn't support a carbon tax," Fleek said in a statement to The Hill.

Begich’s campaign said late last month that the Alaska Democrat opposes a carbon tax.

That statement followed a fresh National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) robocall campaign that denounced Begich’s backing of a “radical” carbon tax.

The AEA endeavor focuses on that issue as well, singling out a March vote Begich made on an amendment to the nonbinding Senate Democrat budget plan.

Begich voted in favor of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s (D-R.I.) measure that would have ensured any revenues accrued through a carbon tax would be returned to the public through deficit reduction, reducing other rates or “direct” benefits.

That amendment failed 41-58 in what was largely a symbolic vote, given that the underlying bill was nonbinding.

Begich’s campaign said the amendment was highly nuanced, and that it didn’t amount to the senator throwing his weight behind a carbon tax.

“Whether its offshore development in the Arctic, opening ANWR and NPR-A, or fighting for lower energy costs for Alaska consumers, Alaskans know Senator Begich is on their side when it comes to energy issues. Misleading ads like this one are just another reason Alaskans don't like Outsiders telling them what to do,” Fleek said.