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Ex-White House staffer contracted to promote Alaska gas line

April 4, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former White House communications director Mike Dubke has been contracted to help promote the Alaska gas line project.

Dubke, through his company Black Rock Group, has a $15,000-a-month contract to advise the state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corporation on its communication strategy, Alaska Public Media reported Monday.

Dubke worked with President Donald Trump’s administration for three months in 2017. He previously worked on the election campaigns of both Alaska U.S. senators.

Rosetta Alcantra, the corporation’s vice president of communications, said Dubke’s firm gives the agency more of a presence in Washington, D.C.

“Their resume speaks very well as far as their experience,” Alcantra said. “Not only on the national level and kind of knowing that messaging and who to talk to — that’s definitely a piece that kind of resonates — but they also have that Alaska connection.”

Dubke will work on strategies to “amplify the benefits” of the liquefied natural gas project to the Trump administration, Congress and federal regulators, according to his contract.

Dubke’s firm has hired another well-connected political adviser as a subcontractor for the corporation: Kevin Sweeney, of Anchorage. Sweeney’s company, Six-7 Strategies, will also be paid $15,000 a month. Sweeney is a long-time aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski and is married to Tara Sweeney, Trump’s pick to serve as assistant Interior secretary for Indian Affairs.

Alcantra said Sweeney will focus more on in-state messaging while Dubke will work primarily in the federal arena.

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