Dozens of Alaska government officials have outside jobs. Here’s what they do and how much they make.

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Each year, Alaska state legislators, board and commission appointees, judges and high-ranking executive branch officials must file reports detailing their sources of income.

The documents are essential for understanding whether the people who filed them might have conflicts of interest that intersect with their official duties.

The yearly deadline for the reports is mid-March. We reviewed hundreds of the documents so you don’t have to, and we highlighted some of the most interesting sections below. (We’ve posted the full PDFs in a searchable database here.)

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• Jeremy Price, the chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which is charged with preventing waste and otherwise regulating Alaska’s oil industry, reported that oil company Hilcorp paid for his entry into a charity golf tournament last year worth between $250 and $1,000. Price, in a prepared statement, said he sought out and received ethics approval before participating, but now plans to donate the full value of his participation to the scholarship fund that the tournament benefits.

• Marcus Frampton, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.’s top investment officer, collected between $40,000 and $100,000 in fees from working as a director for Australia-based biotech firm Nyrada, Inc. and U.S.-based medical equipment manufacturer Scientific Industries, Inc. Frampton also controls Falcon Juneau, LLC, an investment partnership, according to his financial disclosure and additional filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

• Dave Donley, the deputy commissioner of the Department of Administration, reported between $20,000 and $50,000 in outside income from working at Anchorage family law firm Eschbacher & Eschbacher. Donley, who earns a six-figure state salary, also reported between $20,000 to $50,000 in income from his job as a member of the Anchorage School Board.

• Board of Fish member Marit Carlson-Van Dort reported income of between $20,000 and $50,000 from the sale of stock options that she earned while working several years ago for the company seeking to develop the Pebble project. She no longer works for the company.

• Bethel Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman reported $200,000 to $500,000 in income from a woman named Heather Fonseca on his disclosure, but he did not say what he did to earn the money.

• Kim Kovol, a special assistant to Gov. Mike Dunleavy, earned between $10,000 and $20,000 sewing masks and other crafts for her business Ice Diva Designs, LLC.

• Sitka Democratic Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins reported between $100,000 and $200,000 in income from a consulting job working on “climate tech, economic development and federal policy” for The Boardroom, the Anchorage-based co-working business.

• Revenue Commissioner Lucinda Mahoney reported $100,000 to $200,000 in income from a “settlement.”

• Tyler Sachtleben, formerly a special assistant to Gov. Mike Dunleavy who’s since taken a job in the Anchorage Health Department, reported $5,000 to $10,000 in income from the conservative activist group Club for Growth. The work took place for at least a month while he was working in Dunleavy’s office, according to Sachtleben’s disclosure; it entailed “legislative analysis” for Club for Growth’s state scorecard.

• Anchorage Democratic Rep. Chris Tuck reported between $500,000 and $1 million in income from working construction for STG Inc., a subsidiary of Calista Corp.

• Administration Commissioner Paula Vrana reported $1,000 to $2,000 in income from “sales of livestock.”

• Glen Klinkhart, who leads the alcohol and marijuana control office, also reported between $2,000 and $5,000 for 14 hours of work as an expert witness for an Anchorage law firm, Clayton and Diemer; he also reported 16 hours of work for the Palmer Police Department and $2,000 to $5,000 in income from his work as an adjunct professor at University of Alaska Anchorage.

• Charles Collins, who earns more than $100,000 a year as director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, had between $20,000 and $50,000 in income last year from a Juneau-based housing company, Wright Services, where he works as a part-time project manager.

• Sharla Mylar, the Department of Law’s legislative liaison, went on a retreat sponsored by the Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative Christian advocacy group, where the group covered food, lodging and a flight valued at between $1,000 and $2,000.

• Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dario Borghesan collected between $2,000 and $5,000 from the sale of a used car.

• The wife of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune earns between $100,000 and $200,000 for her work as a safety programs coordinator for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., which operates the trans-Alaska pipeline.

• Nikiski Republican Rep. Ben Carpenter’s peony farm generated between $20,000 and $50,000 in income for him last year.

• Joey Merrick, a labor leader and husband of Eagle River Republican Rep. Kelly Merrick, received $10,000 to $20,000 in income from renting his car on Turo.


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