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Alaska's top-paid lobbyists
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Here is a Top 10 list of the highest paid lobbyists in the state last year plus the Top 10 spenders, according to a report prepared by the Alaska Public Offices Commission. Lobbyist totals include fees plus expenses.
1. Joe Hayes, $949,743
2. Kent Dawson, $692,196
3. Sam Kito Jr., $598,256
4. Ashley Reed, $577,002
5. Kim Hutchinson, $498,212
6. Lawrence Markley, $494,965
7. Mitchell Gravo, $476,080
8. Robert Evans, $429,291
9. Raymond Gillespie, $402,771
10. Jerry Reinwand, $335,000
Ten biggest spenders on lobbying in Alaska during 2000:
1. Phillips Alaska Inc., $416,447
2. World Net Communications Inc., $310,031
3. BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., $299,032
4. North Slope Borough, $247,395
5. Exxon Mobil Corp., $236,319
6. Alaska Communications Systems, $212,108
7. Veco Corp., $179,226
8. McNabbs, $173,362
9. Cornell Corrections, $150,954
10. Cook Inlet Region Inc., $137,275
Former Alaska House Speaker Joe Hayes was the state's highest-earning lobbyist last year, bringing in almost $1 million in fees and expenses.
According to the Alaska Public Offices Commission's annual lobbying report, Hayes' fees and billable expenses of $949,743 represented nearly 10 percent of the $10.9 million total spent last year on lobbyists by all businesses, organizations and local governments.
"No one has ever made that much," said Brooke Miles, APOC executive director.
Hayes, who refused comment, is a Republican. He last served in the Legislature in 1984, when Bill Sheffield was governor and Alaska was awash in oil money. But several of his former colleagues are still in office. His only Juneau employee, administrative assistant Wendy Mulder, is the wife of Rep. Eldon Mulder, an Anchorage Republican who is co-chairman of the House Finance Committee.
Hayes received $816,903 in fees from 16 clients, who include a cruise ship group, a brewer, a company seeking to build a private prison in Alaska, a telecommunications company and several companies in the petroleum industry. He charged them another $132,840 for expenses, which included food and travel, said Wendy Mulder.
The North West CruiseShip Association paid Hayes $50,419 in fees and another $8,004 in expenses last year. Al Parrish, vice president of Holland America Line Westours Inc., speaking for the Vancouver-based group, said it hired Hayes and lobbyist Thyes Shaub in 1997 to help pass a bill to ensure Alaska wouldn't collect taxes on foreign vessels or airlines passing through the state.
The cruise ship association represents the nine cruise lines that operate in Alaska. Cruise lines were involved with bills to bring cruise ships and other large nontanker vessels under the state's oil spill response laws and that would control and monitor air and water pollution.
Hayes' biggest clients last year were the oil field service company Veco at $83,226, including expenses; Phillips Alaska Inc. at $69,494; World Net Communications, a fiber-optic cable company, at $84,143; and the city of Nome at $81,192.
Fellow lobbyist Ashley Reed said the reason for Hayes' success is simple.
"He's a good lobbyist," Reed said. "And the fact that he's a former speaker of the House is a credential that people admire and give some value to."
Stephen Conn, director of the Alaska Public Interest Research Group, said Hayes took in almost $1 million "because he is bringing home the bacon. And for those of us who don't have that kind of money or influence, we have our work cut out for us."
The amount of money being spent on lobbyists in Juneau "provides to the interested citizen a snapshot of the big dollar influence from a number of industries who, from their standpoint, see this as an investment," Conn told the Anchorage Daily News.
Ranking below Hayes on the 2000 list is Kent Dawson, whose 12 clients spent $692,196 for his services, including expenses. Sam Kito Jr. was third, receiving $598,256, including expenses, from 12 clients. Reed was fourth with $577,002 and Kim Hutchinson was No. 5 with $498,212, including expenses, the APOC report said.
Oil and gas companies, along with related industries, topped the list as big spenders on lobbying in Alaska in 2000, the report said.
Phillips Alaska Inc., the state's second largest oil producer, was the biggest spender on lobbying last year at $416,447 for fees and expenses.
BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., the largest producer, was second, spending $299,032; Exxon Mobil, third place on the North Slope, spent $236,319; Veco Corp. spent $179,226. Yukon Pacific Corp., seeking rights to construct a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez, spent $117,921; and Foothills Pipelines, which owns permits to build a natural gas pipeline on a competing route along the Alaska Highway, spent $92,295.