Ethics investigation sought into former Palin aide

Posted: Sunday, April 18, 2010

ANCHORAGE - An activist wants an ethics investigation into whether Mike Tibbles, a former chief of staff under Gov. Sarah Palin, is violating state ethics rules by lobbying for the Alaska Cruise Association.

Tibbles says he's "fully complied" with ethics law and welcomes any inquiry into his conduct.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Soren Wuerth has written the attorney general, seeking an ethics investigation. Wuerth in his letter says Tibbles was chief of staff to the former governor in 2007-2008 and "undoubtedly involved" in high-level discussions with cruise industry executives after passage of a 2006 voter initiative on a cruise passenger tax.

The association supports a tax reduction proposed by Palin's successor, Gov. Sean Parnell. Wuerth helped gather signatures for the initiative.

A Department of Law spokesman says the agency's reviewing Wuerth's letter.

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