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Alaska government sector lobbying

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Taxpayer-funded lobbying is government to government lobbying. Boroughs, cities, school districts, public facilities and associations of public employees frequently use public funds to influence legislation and appropriations at the state and federal levels.

This practice is controversial because public funds are spent to lobby for an agenda not subject to direct approval by voters, and outcomes may be contrary taxpayers' benefit.

The Alaska Anti-Corruption Act (2010) would have eliminated government sector lobbying donations to election campaigns, but voters did not pass the bill.

Federal lobbying

Juneau has reported $680,000 spent lobbying the federal government since 2000.[1] Akutan and Aleutians East Borough have also lobbied the federal government: Aleutians East Borough has reported a grand total of $417,600 spent on lobbying for the years 2000-2009,[2] and Akutan has reported $430,000 spent lobbying since 2005.[3]

Earmarks and lobbying success

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin employed a lobbying firm to secure almost $27 million in federal earmarks for Wasilla, a town of 6,700 residents, while she was its mayor:[4]

  • $500,000 for a youth shelter,
  • $1.9 million for a transportation hub,
  • $900,000 for sewer repairs, and
  • $15 million for a rail project.

Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

The following is a list of Alaska government sector lobbying associations by type:

City and municipal

School

Public Employees

Emergency services

Public Officials

Other

References