Who Is Lobbying For Who This Legislative Session

Today is the first day of the legislative session so here is a fun breakdown of the latest lobbyist registration reports.

A caveat before we begin, this breakdown is based on lobbyist registration reports filed with Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC). As we found out with our Friday in the Sun column last week, lobbyists can be prone to making mistakes on their reports. For instance, sometimes they list annual pay as monthly pay. If any such errors are noticed by those mentioned below, please email us at mnsunak@gmail.com and we will make the correction here.

Also important to note that these numbers are as of today’s filings. Clearly some groups and their lobbyists haven’t filed their reports yet, so that will change things as well.

With that said, let’s start with the biggest of the big time schmoozers in Juneau. Here are the lobbyists reporting at least $500,000 in contracts this year:

The Power $500K

Lobbyist Income Notable Clients
Kent Dawson $996,500 Pew Charitable Trusts ($120K), City of Seward ($96.5K), Usibelli Coal ($84K)
Jerry Mackie $602,000 Alyeska Pipeline Service Company ($60K), CIRI ($60K), Holland America Line $60K)
Ashley Reed $582,000 Armstrong Oil and Gas ($90K), Enstar ($60K), GCI ($50K)
Theodore Popely $574,000 RAI Services Company ($75K), Health Care Cost Management Corp ($60K), Bristol Bay Native Corporation ($60K)
Robert Evans $563,000 Pfeffer Development LLC ($75K), Neeser Construction ($100K), Blood Bank of Alaska ($75K)
Raymond Matiashowski $540,000 Xerox ($78K), ACS ($78K), Microsoft ($60K)

Then there are the single largest annual contracts. Mike Tibbles is now ahead of Kent Dawson in this race.

Largest Annual Contracts

Lobbyist Employer Contract Type Amount
Michael Tibbles Alaska Cruise Association / CLIA Alaska Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $140,000
Kent Dawson The Pew Charitable Trusts Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $120,000
Charles Miller Alaska National Insurance Company Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $105,000
Robert Evans Neeser Construction Inc. Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $100,008
Kent Dawson City of Seward Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $96,500

Lobbyists can also list their contracts on a monthly salary basis. This is where we sometimes run into problems as they can accidentally list annual numbers as monthly numbers. Interestingly on this list is Royce Weller who is subcontracting for lobbyist Ashley Reed.

Monthly Contracts

Lobbyist Employer Contract Type Amount
Kevin Jardell ExxonMobil Corporation Contract Lobbyist: Monthly Fee $14,600
Bruce Baker North Slope Borough Contract Lobbyist: Monthly Fee $10,417
Ashley Reed Armstrong Oil & Gas, Inc. Contract Lobbyist: Monthly Fee $7,500
Bruce Baker Northwest Arctic Borough School District Contract Lobbyist: Monthly Fee $7,000
Royce Weller Ashley Reed & Associates Contract Lobbyist: Monthly Fee $6,750
John Harris Matanuska Susitna Borough Contract Lobbyist: Monthly Fee $6,700

Here are the largest salaries for in-house employees who have lobbying as part of their job descriptions:

In-House Lobbyists

Lobbyist Employer Contract Type Amount
Rebecca Hultberg Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association Salaried Employee: Annual Wage $184,000
Trish McDaid O’Neill AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP Salaried Employee: Annual Wage $170,000
Georgette Dzwilewski Indivior Inc. Salaried Employee: Annual Wage $160,000

Governments aren’t just good at doling out money, they like to ask for it too. All told, governments in Alaska will spend at least $1.17 million in lobbying this year. That doesn’t count the significant Anchorage lobbying contract we hear will be announced later this week.

Here are governments and government agencies paying someone to lobby the state government to get them government money to fund their government.

State or Local Governments

Lobbyist Government Unit Contract Type Amount
Bruce Baker North Slope Borough Contract Lobbyist: Monthly Fee $10,417
Bruce Baker Northwest Arctic Bor Schl Dist Contract Lobbyist: Monthly Fee $7,000
Kent Dawson City of Seward Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $96,500
Kent Dawson City of Galena Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $40,000
Kent Dawson Galena City School District 2 Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $51,000
Mark Hickey City of Sand Point Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $10,000
Mark Hickey City of Akutan Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $40,000
Mark Hickey Lake and Peninsula Borough Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $55,000
Mark Hickey Aleutians East Borough Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $42,000
Mark Hickey Kodiak Island Borough Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $45,000
Mark Hickey City of King Cove Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $41,000
Kevin Jardell City and Borough of Juneau Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $55,000
Kristopher Knauss City of Whittier Contract Lobbyist: Monthly Fee $5,500
Wendy Lindskoog Alaska Railroad Corporation Employee: Annual Wage $25,190
Raymond Matiashowski Ketchikan Gateway Borough Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $48,000
Raymond Matiashowski City of Ketchikan Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $42,000
Raymond Matiashowski City and Borough of Wrangell Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $36,000
Raymond Matiashowski Petersburg Borough Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $42,000
John Ringstad Fairbanks North Star Bor Schl Dist Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $36,000
Joseph STONE, Jr. City of Dillingham Contract Lobbyist: Monthly Fee $2,500
Timothy Sullivan Alaska Railroad Corporation Employee: Annual Wage $26,000
William Thomas Jr Haines Borough Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $45,000
John Walsh Bering Strait School District Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $22,000
John Walsh Bristol Bay Borough Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $40,000
John Walsh Municipality of Skagway Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $47,500

Here are the contracts for some of the labor unions, although you’ll notice the absence of several notables including the IBEW and AFL-CIO:

Unions

Lobbyist Labor Unit Contract Type Amount
Tom Brice Alaska District Council of Laborers Salaried Employee: Monthly Wage $6,900
Mark Hickey NEA-Alaska Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $60,000
Theodore Popely Anchorage Police Department Employees Assoc. Contract Lobbyist: Monthly Fee $3,000
Paul Grossi Alaska State Pipe Trades UA Local 375 Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $17,000

Most lobbying contracts are for boring things like the Port of Anchorage expansion or new school construction…BORING (Though there’s a lot of money behind boring topics). Then there are a few that are interesting and fun. Wendy Chamberlain nailed down a contract to lobby for something called “Yoga Alliance” and Denali Daniels gets to push on behalf of Alaska Rolfers.

Ashley Reed on the other hand gets to chat with lawmakers both on behalf of GCI and GCI’s newly formed group to push their ideas on a state fiscal plan “Alaska’s Future Inc”. Way to double up, Ashley.

Then there is Jeffry Cook, who will be carrying the flag of every liberal’s favorite villains the Koch brothers.

Fun/ Interesting

Lobbyist Employer Contract Type Amount
Wendy Chamberlain Yoga Alliance Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $30,000
Denali Daniels Alaska Rolfers Salaried Employee: Annual Wage $1,900
Jeffry Cook Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC and its Affiliates Contract Lobbyist: Hourly Fee $100
Ashley Reed Alaska’s Future Inc Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $30,000
Ashley Reed GCI Contract Lobbyist: Annual Fee $50,000

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The Legislature is now officially in session. Game on, lobbyists!

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