Lobbyist pleads guilty to conspiracy

Bobrick said he planned to bribe Rep. Anderson

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2007

ANCHORAGE - A prominent lobbyist admitted in federal court on Wednesday that he conspired to bribe state Rep. Tom Anderson.

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Bill Bobrick, the top lobbyist on municipal issues in Anchorage, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of conspiring to obtain bribe payments for the former Anchorage lawmaker, according to a statement by the federal Department of Justice.

Bobrick had been charged with conspiracy to commit extortion, bribery and money laundering, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Prosecutors say Bobrick created a sham corporation that was used to funnel money to Anderson, a Republican. The money was paid by a private corrections company lobbyist who was working as a government informant, according to court documents.

Bobrick told a confidential FBI source that in exchange for $24,000, Anderson would be "our boy in Juneau," according to the justice department.

Anderson is facing federal bribery charges, too. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial next month. He was indicted Dec. 6 on charges that include extortion, money laundering and bribery.

Federal authorities claim Anderson took bribes from an undercover FBI informant in exchange for using his influence in the Legislature on behalf of a corrections company. The indictment charges him with collecting $12,828 in a series of payments from a lobbyist who represented private prison interests.

Bobrick also made money off the deal, the justice department said. He told Chief U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick that he created a company, Pacific Publications, to funnel payments and protect Anderson from having to list the FBI source as a provider of income. Bobrick received three separate payments of $8,000, which he deposited into a Pacific Publications account, the justice department said.

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