Anchorage Assembly votes to ban felons from lobbying city

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2007

ANCHORAGE - Convicted felons will be banned from lobbying city officials under new rules passed by the Anchorage Assembly. The assembly Tuesday night voted unanimously to tighten its lobbying rules.

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"What we're trying to do is basically maintain the integrity of those who try and influence public officials," said Assemblyman Dan Sullivan, a sponsor of the proposal.

Co-sponsor Paul Bauer said he proposed the changes partly because Anchorage's most prominent lobbyist, Bill Bobrick, had been linked to the corruption case against former state Rep. Tom Anderson, an Anchorage Republican.

Bobrick pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to bribe Anderson.

Bobrick for years claimed a long list of private clients who did business with the municipality of Anchorage. Prosecutors say Bobrick created a sham corporation that was used to funnel money to Anderson.

The money was paid by a private corrections company lobbyist who was working as a government informant, according to court documents.

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

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