Prominent Anchorage developer Marc Marlow once contributed thousands of dollars to legislative campaigns. Now, he just hires the legislators.
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Alaska Public Offices Commission records show Marlow consistently made campaign contributions up until about 2002. They went mostly to Republicans but included the occasional prominent Democrat as well.
In 2004, Marlow hired Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla, to work for him on development projects.
Marlow had contributed to Kohring's initial campaign in 1994 and again in 1996 and 2000.
In 2002, Kohring sponsored a bill on behalf of Marlow in the House of Representatives.
That bill provided a tax break for deteriorated property to help Marlow finance a redevelopment project in Anchorage. Kohring that year appeared in the Senate to testify in favor of the bill with Marlow by his side.
In 2004, Marlow hired Kohring to work for his development company.
Marlow was unavailable for comment but told the Anchorage Daily News last year that he'd hired Kohring for his "good horse sense," work ethic and knowledge of the Southcentral area.
After being hired by Marlow, Kohring no longer introduced bills for Marlow under his name, but in at least one instance sought out another legislator to do so, according to federal investigative documents.
During the FBI search of Kohring's legislative office in August, the Daily News reported, investigators seized a file labeled "Marlow."
In 2005 Marlow hired Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Anchorage, as well.
Anderson said his duties for Marlow involved municipal projects. Anderson's December 2006 federal indictment lists numerous criminal allegations but makes no mention of Marlow.
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