Press Release: Dan Sullivan’s scandals just continue to pile up

ANCHORAGE, AK — With Dan Sullivan’s scandals piling up, and with election day this week, independent U.S. Senate Candidate Dr. Al Gross today called for Sullivan to confess to his corruption to Alaska voters before they head to the polls. Over the last few months, a torrent of scandals have hit Sullivan, including revelations from the Pebble Mine tapes, Sullivan’s family company, their relationship with China and how his votes have benefited them. The dizzying number of scandals emerged as Sullivan stayed in Washington D.C. to vote to rip healthcare away from Alaskans.

“Dan Sullivan’s scandals keep piling up, and it’s Alaskans who are left to wonder just whose side he is on?” said Dr. Al Gross. “Whether it’s embarrassing tapes outing his support for Pebble Mine while also showing he is in the pocket of executives, or voting to enrich his family company while they also do business with China, Dan Sullivan needs to finally fess up on his corruption. We can’t trust Dan Sullivan and it’s time to elect a new senator.”

Dan Sullivan’s Mounting Scandals

Pebble Mine’s CEO Said Three Weeks After Sullivan Came Out Against The Mine That Sullivan Was “Off In A Corner.”

  • “Well right now, he’s off in a corner being quiet. So I think that’s our plan to work with him – is leave him alone and let him be quiet … He’s gonna try to ride out the election and remain quiet.” [Pebble Tapes]

Sullivan Has been Hiding His Support for Pebble Mine

  • Pebble Executive Ron Thiessen said they had “…quite a few contacts into the Sullivan operation..,” that it was “better that they’re just quiet,” and that politicians “aren’t held to [their] promises” in an election season. [Alaska Public Media, 10/29/20]

Top Pebble Mine Lobbyist Sits On The Board Of Sullivan’s Family Company, RPM

  • “Fred Nance, a top executive at Squire Patton Boggs, is an independent director on the board of Sullivan’s family company, meaning he has supervisory powers over Sullivan’s brother Frank, who is the company’s CEO. By hiring Squire Patton Boggs, the Pebble Mine’s owners have entangled themselves not just inside the complexities of Alaska politics, but inside the business interests of the Sullivan family.” [The Intercept, 10/23/20]

Sullivan Took $35,000 From Pebble Mine Executives And Still Hasn’t Given The Money Back

Sullivan’s Family Company RPM Does Business with the Chinese Government

  • Financial disclosures show Sullivan has between $1 million and $5 million of stock in RPM, and the company has a manufacturing facility in China along with other operations in the country. While Sullivan, a Marine reservist, lawyer and former White House staffer under President George W. Bush who was first elected in 2014, has been a vocal critic of the Chinese government, he hasn’t mentioned the role the country plays in his family’s fortune. [Yahoo, 10/12/20]

Sullivan Has Voted For Policies That Benefited His Family Company

  • 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. [Salon,10/17/20]
  • In committee, Sullivan voted against EPA regulations for certain harmful carcinogen contained in sealants manufactured and sold by RPM, such as formaldehyde. He also voted against a 2015 amendment which would have strengthened asbestos regulations. In the previous year, RPM subsidiary Bondex had paid $800 million to settle asbestos claims, pushing it to file for bankruptcy. [Salon,10/17/20]