First, for reference and background:
From a regular reader:
“Here is an example of how an oil and gas company is overwhelmed by the ‘secret mentality.'”
Oil giant will not register lobbyists in Alaska
One of three oil giants doing business in Alaska does not plan to register its employees as lobbyists this year, raising concerns that it’s deliberately skirting state law.
NO! Surely they wouldn’t…
But Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, said he’s concerned that while Conoco may be following the letter of the law, it may not be following its spirit, which is to let the public know how state business is being conducted.
“I think the public would be stunned to learn that one of the most powerful companies in the state of Alaska has decided to not register their lobbyists,” French said Wednesday on the Senate Floor.
“I hope they will come to their senses. I hope they will do the right thing. I hope they will do the same thing that other major companies in the state are doing and register and get on with the business that they do here.”
Well this is sure handy:
State Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, is also an employee of Conoco.
Why hire lobbyists when you have one who holds office and gets paid by the people?
Wasn’t I just talking about the ‘secret mentality.’