Alaska government sector lobbying
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.
Juneau has reported $680,000 spent lobbying the federal government since 2000. 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, and Akutan has reported $430,000 spent lobbying since 2005.
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:
- $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 associationsThe following is a list of Alaska government sector lobbying associations by type:
City and municipal
- Alaska Municipal League
- Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference
- Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks
- Alaska Municipal Attorneys Association
- Alaska Municipal Management Association
- Alaska National Emergency Number Association & Association of Public Safety Communications Officials
- Alaska Association of Assessing Officers
- Alaska Recreation & Park Association
- Alaska Library Association