Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Bill Bobrick: Tony Knowles ads (Update)

It seems Killer Bees have attacked Alaska.

Look who got stung........by the sting.

Bill Bobrick's commercial ads.... Here is the link to the audio.


The actual story to the ads is here: http://www.adn.com/senate/story/5719930p-5653268c.html

The ad, produced and voiced by lobbyist Bill Bobrick, envisions a world where if people vote for Knowles, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., will send bees to sting Alaskans in their "nether regions" and Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., will take people's guns and enslave their children to liberals. It goes on to say, "and Ted Stevens will die, he'll die, I tell you, and then we'll be stuck with (Stevens' son) Ben Stevens, and then Frank Murkowski will have to adopt him and appoint him to the U.S. Senate."

It is interesting to note that according to the indictment, Bobrick set up Pacific Publishing in August of 2004. The ADN ran the story on Bobrick's ads in October 2004. In October 2004, "Lobbyist A" was writing checks to Tom Anderson.

The other interesting fact is how the ADN focused on Frank Prewitt when it came to issues on lobbyists. It was known that Prewitt contributed to Murkowski's campaign.

April of 2004 was the timeframe of the articles on Prewitt. However, in July, 2004, the FBI was recording conversations on Tom Anderson.

Lawmakers rumble over prison cost


Frank Prewitt, a former state Corrections chief who is now a Cornell consultant lobbying for the Whittier private prison, said Thursday that its doors could be open in two years, faster than the Mat-Su prison. And, with the state's inmate population steadily growing, there will be room for both prisons over the long term, he said.

Mat-Su prison gets a boost


But Frank Prewitt, a former Corrections commissioner working for Cornell Companies, a Houston, Texas-based private prison firm pushing the Whittier project, said Corrections has wrongly figured the costs of the Whittier prison.

"I'm absolutely convinced that the private sector can deliver a comparable level of services at roughly 15 percent less," Prewitt told the Senate panel.

Prewitt has argued that the state wage and benefit packages for corrections officers are too large.

Thursday's Senate hearing was on a bill by Wasilla Republican Sen. Lyda Green that calls for a 1,200-bed mostly medium-security prison to be built next to an existing correctional facility outside Sutton. It would be twice the size of Alaska's largest existing prison, Spring Creek Correctional Facility in Seward.

The competing plan, sponsored by Anchorage Republican Reps. Mike Hawker and Norm Rokeberg, calls for a 1,200-bed private prison to be built in Whittier.

One should be questioning how the ADN let Bobrick play under the radar.

Bobrick was registered with the Municipality as a lobbyist for Cornell.

In the October 16th, 2004 issue of Salon, it was stated:

The first $2,000 check from Veco chairman Bill Allen showed up on May 13, 2003, only days after the Anchorage Daily News reported the governor's shift on his project. Allen, who registered as a lobbyist in Anchorage to push the project, has given regularly and generously -- as have other Veco executives, whose total of $43,750 is Murkowski's largest single donation. Lobbyists from Patton Boggs, which represents Veco in promoting the prison deal, have given her an additional $12,000. The pattern appears plain enough. While the Murkowskis pretend not to know each other, the special interests that know them both have invested heavily in her campaign while awaiting his nod.

So it seems, the media was focusing on Murkowski instead of the big picture. After all, Knowles was their guy.

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