Alaska lobbyists have been breaking an anti-corruption law by helping political candidates promote their fundraising events, according to a preliminary opinion from the state’s campaign finance watchdog.
Some of Alaska’s most prominent lobbyists are boosting the fundraising efforts of political candidates, prompting questions about whether they’re breaking a state law that’s designed to limit lobbyists’ influence over the legislative process.
Gov. Bill Walker cites finances, not job performance, as the reason he fired most of his Washington office, and then decided to keep associate director Nathan Butzlaff, on the job.
Rich lobbyists, lawyers and contractors will no longer be able to pay someone to hold a place in line to get a much-in-demand seat at a Supreme Court argument or a congressional hearing.
The city and borough of Juneau is in the market for a new legislative lobbyist.
Long-time lobbyist Clark Gruening retired at the end of July after more than 25 years with the CBJ.
While the legislature debates whether to cut taxes on oil companies, state lawmakers were in Washington, D.C last week– meeting with oil and gas lobbyists.