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Wed Oct 21, 2020, 04:45 PM

Sullivan routinely voted for policies that benefited his family's chemical company

Once voted against asbestos regulation after family company paid out $800M cancer settlement


Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, who faces an unexpectedly tight challenge from Democratic-backed independent Al Gross, has repeatedly cast votes in favor of policies that benefit the financial interests of his family’s multinational industrial manufacturing company.

Sullivan, first elected in 2014, has come under scrutiny in recent weeks as Democratic-aligned groups pour money into the Alaska race in a surprising effort to expand the electoral map. A recent investigation by Popular Investigation detailed connections between Sullivan and corporate donors pushing to develop Pebble Mine, a sprawling project in a part of Alaska home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and a number of federally sanctioned tribal governments.

The Republican incumbent’s committee appointments and voting record reviewed by Salon appear to show links to another industrial interest with a record of environmental negligence: Republic Powdered Metals International (RPM), a sealant and coating manufacturer founded by his grandfather in 1947. Sullivan’s older brother, Frank, is the current CEO.

Senate records show that Sullivan holds between $1 million and $5 million in RPM stock. He has reported earning up to $300,000 in dividends and capital gains since filing his first financial disclosure in 2014. He has augmented that income with eight stock sales since 2018, bringing in a total of $495,000, the disclosures show.

Read more: https://www.anchoragepress.com/sullivan-routinely-voted-for-policies-that-benefited-his-family-s-chemical-company/article_51c0048a-133c-11eb-a506-9707e9c9afad.html

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