Groundswell provided testimony to the White House’s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force (IOPTF) on August 21, 2009 in Anchorage, Alaska. Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the new director of NOAA Fisheries was present. We challenged her regarding the role of hedge and mutual fund advisers, the Milken Institute, and potential corruption, as well as outlined the role of abusive Transfer Pricing. Read page 2 to understand ATP in the role of fisheries…
On February 24, 2010 several Alaskans may join fishermen in Washington D.C. on the mall to protest Catch Shares and MSA stock rebuilding regulation, along with what should be a good-sized crowd of East Coast fishermen. Groundswell wanted to remind folks that when running for office, Sarah Palin issued a strongly worded news release on problems caused by Crab Ratz and why she believed the NPFMC should be careful about rationalization in the Gulf of Alaska.
But at the Portland, Oregon meeting this week, the Council is busy forwarding a plan to extend the Rockfish Pilot Program into a regular FMP, and keep the march of GOA Ratz moving toward eventual Catch Shares.
MSNBC.com recently obtained copies of emails concerning ex-governor Sarah Palin’s Administration and the role of Todd Palin involving key issues – such as Transfer Pricing abuses by multinational oil companies.
Groundswell was notified by various parties that some of the emails contained our correspondence on the most important topic to us, Abusive Transfer Pricing (ATP) in resources. The following article defines ATP and discusses why Todd and Sarah Palin showed concern during her Administration’s push for more fair oil taxes and gasline development in Alaska. In other words, maybe it was not always a bad thing for Todd to be involved, and maybe some of the emails were of huge significance and potential benefit to the residents of Alaska. In the end, it depends on what Sarah Palin does on the bully pulpit.
The documents can be found at http://palinemail.crivellawest.net/ — a website used for public access to discovery files such as those MSNBC.com received. Credit is given to “Crivella West Incorporated”.
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has a long list of recipients, including all State of Alaska legislators, for ongoing filing notices regarding the Adak electric utility. This is a January 28, 2010 response on behalf of Larry Davison and Stephen Taufen, once contracted to be the privatizers of the utility. It partially informs those now being asked to commit/supply more taxpayer funds to Adak to beware more boondoggling and defrauding of public funds. The Alaska Native Corporation involved because of the Navy and Interior agreements that resulting in a land swap — the Aleut Corporation and its subsidiaries — should be required to self-fund the new utility and distribution systems.
All Alaskans and federal taxpayers should be concerned … and it is long past time for the boondoggle to end.
2005 -2006 reprints…
February 2010 – Adak remains in Alaska’s news because of Fisheries and Regulatory Commission concerns over electrical power failures and the tariff. Other media making recent posts may benefit from some earlier pieces by Groundswell. The tales of fraud and involvement of ex-senator Ted Stevens and his son, Ben Stevens (who was on the board of the Aleut Enterprise Corp. a decade ago) were a good example of what the GAO needed to know about an example of (8)a Alaska Native Corporations misuse of federal funds. In April of 2006, we wrote a letter (page 1) to the GAO.
This pre-dates deeper U.S. Senate investigations into ANC financing. Adak was and remains a major cover-up! Political powers suppressed FOIA requests. It’s quite the story … as FRAUD VITIATES ALL THAT FOLLOWS. In 2010, as Adak entities (ANC, City, Utility) continues to ask for more State and Federal financial backing (boondoggles!), it may be instructive to see how $7.6 million or more was already stripped from governor funds and ADF&G coffers and other sources. Groundswell believes the Aleut Corporation already owes the utility over $7 million, and should have to self-fund a new electric utility and power distribution system by itself, on the ‘island it owns’ (i.e. in the service area).
A rumor on the docks is that AP vice-chair and UFA president Joe Childers may be going to work for the EDF pro public-resource-larceny racketeer influencers — with whom he is now quite acquainted: after spending time on the East Coast selling the virtues of Alaskan style Catch Share con games. And out of the blues comes this bizarre email to UFA’s board. Maybe EDF decided not to hire him afterall. After reading this (misspellings and all), you may ask, “What’s next – a church confessional or a sepuku note?”
If he really wants to apologize, he can start with answering why he was dishing out verbal assaults and physical intimidation at the 2006 Sitka meeting … when NOAA OLE then informed him that if he really needs to talk to us at Groundswell that he should first come get a special agent to supervise his conversational behavior. We don’t believe the industry needs any more of his self-tarnished ‘brand’… — Sayonara!, GI Joe.