AK’s Bob and Mark: ACES Wins! … For Today – Devito

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell yesterday abandoned his own effort to destroy ACES in a Special Legislative Session he called for the purpose, Alaskan talk show hosts Bob and Mark reported this morning as they opened their broadcast. Alaska Senator Hollis French was “stunned that Parnell quit on his proposal so soon.” Other legislators shared French’s surprise – and relief – the talk show hosts reported. Gov. Parnell assigned blame to the Alaska Senate for the failure of his attempt to provide give-aways to the oil companies and said he “would not rule another Special Legislative Session later this year.”

“Parnell is a sneaky SOB. He’s not dumb, but he knows who he works for,” Bob and Mark said. “Don’t get too happy. They’ll be back. They plan to wait for people who will do their bidding for them.”

Corrupt Bastards Club Version 2.0

Bob and Mark warned their listeners that legislative district lines are being re-drawn and voters should know where their candidates are getting money from. “Re-districting is very complicated, but voters need to know for the August primaries and the November general. The oil companies are going to throw the bank at the candidates they know they can control. It will be the Corrupt Bastards Club Version 2.0. They’re re-grouping. They’ll try [to] dupe you and scare you.”

Gov. Palin wrote about the original Corrupt Bastards Club in Going Rogue:

we promised to shine a bright spotlight on ethics reform and to clean up the favor factory known as the Capitol Building. An undercover FBI investigation of the Alaska State Legislature was bubbling to the surface at the offices of state legislators–five Republicans & one Democrat. It turned out that the feds had been investigating links between some lawmakers and VECO Corporation, the oil field services giant. The warrants authorized agents to search computer filed personal communications, and official reports, as well as any items emblazoned with the phrase “Corrupt Bastards Club,” or “CBC.”

The CBC had started as a barroom joke. The name stuck–and some of the lawmakers thought it was so funny they had hats printed up that said “CBC.” It wasn’t so funny after the feds showed up (Palin, 2009, p. 112).

“Pay attention to who’s got all the money,” Bob and Mark said. “[AK Representative] Pete Peterson is being redistricted and has to run against Lance Pruitt. The Republican running in my district is wonderful, but I have that little thing that tells me something is going on.”

Though ACES went unscathed through two years of attempts on it, Bob and Mark warned that its enemies are “waiting. They’re in no hurry.”

The 16 to 20 independent companies are the ones most eager to drill, the duo noted. The big three oil companies have tended toward warehousing the resource.

“Don’t drop your guard. They’re going to strategize during the summer – in the fall election season, it will hit like a ton of bricks. The lobbyists are the point men. Follow the money!”

“Parnell decided to take his ball and go home. Right on! It’s good – for now,” they concluded.

ACES is one of Gov. Palin’s signature accomplishments, along with the ethics reform she brought to Alaska’s Executive Branch in the wake of the CBC scandal, and the Randy Ruederich era of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.


Palin, S. L. H. (2009). Going Rogue: An American Life. (New York: Harper). p. 113.

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