This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.
The group was created by the companies in 2005. The founding director and president of the group was George Culpepper Jr.. "There is no membership list. It was a front to hide the support of the Big Three," Culpepper told AP in late 2006. Culpepper left the group in early 2006. AP reported that "the group was set up in agreement between the three oil producers, Republican political consultant Art Hackney and the three founding directors: himself, Shane Langlund and Brandon Maitlen."
Other SourceWatch Resources
- Lisa Demer and Don Hunter, "Legislators fight group challenging initiative: GAS LINE: Representatives file complaint, say Alaska's Future is a front for Big Oil", Anchorage Daily News, September 9, 2006.
- "Campaign disclosure: Alaskans have right to know who's influencing reserves tax vote", Anchorage Daily News, September 20, 2006.
- Matt Volz, "APOC to hear reserves tax dispute", Boston Globe, September 22, 2006. (This is an Associated Press story).
- "APOC head recommends dismissing Alaska's Future case", KYVA 11, October 9, 2006. (This is an Associated Press Story).
- Matt Volz, "Official: Tax-exempt group got start as a front for 3 oil giants, Anchorage Daily News, October 10, 2006. (This is an Associated Press story)
- Matt Volz, "Alaska Commission Delays Ruling on Group", Houston Chronicle, October 12, 2006. (This is an Associated Press story).
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