Mary Peltola, Calista Native Corporation, Big Labor, and the pop-up Alaska Jobs Coalition: A finely tuned campaign machine

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Rep. Mary Peltola

Mary Peltola announced the endorsement of the Calista Native Corporation earlier this month, an endorsement that came just after she reversed her stance on the proposed Donlin Mine, which would be developed on Calista-owned land, if the federal government will grant water and other permits.

Peltola worked for the Donlin Mine project as a “community manager” for six years. But when she ran for Congress in 2022, she campaigned against the mine’s development.

The president and chief executive officer at Calista Native Corporation is Andrew Guy.

Guy is also on the board of a pop-up group called the Alaska Jobs Coalition. The website for the new group was created by the Ship Creek Group, a leftist political campaign group in Anchorage that has worked on the campaign of Peltola and many other Democrats in Alaska. Its members include Joelle Hall, president of the Alaska AFL-CIO, also a supporter of Peltola. The funding for the group is not revealed.

The entire “Donlin reveal” appeared to be one big coordinated event, although Peltola’s flipping on the mine has upset some of her Native supporters, who thought she was about “Fish, Family and Freedom.”

The timeline of the events:

April 10: The website domain AlaskaJobsCoalition.org is reserved for one year by Ship Creek Group, which does work for Peltola’s campaign.

April 23: News hits that Peltola comes out in favor of the Donlin Mine.

April 23: Calista, whose president and CEO is Andrew Guy, endorses Peltola.

May 14: Alaska Jobs Coalition, endorses Peltola in an op-ed in the Anchorage Daily News, and the next day it appears in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

“The Alaska Jobs Coalition is not affiliated with any candidate or electoral campaign,” the op-ed states.

Then the group says, “Rep. Mary Peltola has consistently put Alaska jobs first in her votes supporting domestic energy production. Mary’s work with the White House was instrumental in getting approval for ConocoPhillips’ Willow oil project on the North Slope at a time when the administration has fought oil and gas projects elsewhere in Alaska.” But it doesn’t say explicitly that this is an endorsement, because that would run afoul of campaign laws, since the group is not officially doing campaign activities.

May 14: Alaska Jobs Coalition website formally launches. As of May 19, it is not registered with the Federal Elections Commission as a super PAC.

Alaska Jobs Coalition members, along with Calista’s Andrew Guy and AFL-CIO’s Joelle Hall, include Joey Merrick, business manager for Laborers’ Local 341; Gary Dixon, secretary and treasurer of Alaska Teamsters; Doug Tansy, business manager of IBEW Local 1574; Heidi Drygas, executive director of ASEA AFSCME Local 52; Barbara ‘Wáahlaal Gidaag Blake, vice president for Arctic Conservation of Ocean Conservancy and Juneau Assembly member; and trial lawyer Matt Singer, who specializes in Alaska Native corporation law. 

The sequence of events has some of the markings of a coordinated, quid-pro-quo deal made in order to advance the interests of Calista and Rep. Peltola’s reelection, now just three months away. Ballots for military members living overseas will be in the mail in about 45 days, thus the campaign season is now in full swing.

Meanwhile, Peltola’s personal financial disclosure report, due May 15, is not on file with the Clerk of the Congress. She has asked for an extension and her financial ties will not be revealed until Aug. 13, just one week before the end of the Aug. 20 primary. In her 2022 filing, she did not disclose that she is a Calista Shareholder and receives annual dividends from the corporation.

Donlin, the proposed mine located on land owned by the Kuskokwim Corporation (surface estate) and Calista Corporation (subsurface estate), is jointly owned by Barrick Gold US Inc. and NovaGold Resources Alaska, Inc. Calista shareholders, including Peltola, stand to make significant passive earnings from the mine.


29 COMMENTS

  1. I used to work for Calista Corporation w/George Gee. I made $20/hr typing. Then we were both fired for not being Native Alaskan. It didn’t matter that my husband and children were Natives.

  2. This just proves that she will do anything for votes, even if it goes against what her values are. Does this mean Petola is now “for” mining? Or just that project?

    • Values? What values? If your values are something you go against then they are not values.

    • CA, it means that the top dogs of the Regional Native Corp stand to profit handsomely. Last I checked, Donlin posted that their reserves allowed for 1.5 million oz of AU per year for 27 years. This thing dwarfs the P- Fund.

  3. Yawn.
    Peltola makes campaign decisions, spends time with supporters, isn’t everywhere at once, files for campaign paperwork extensions, tries to reconcile the different needs of her statewide constituents. Like, you know, every politician ever.
    I’m less than outraged. There are real stories out there, but this ain’t one of them.

  4. The situation here in Alaska would be a case in point of how, rather than providing the shield to the state and citizens, the regulatory bodies get used to enrich millionaires and billionaires who live out of state, while the local populations are left to carry the consequences of the regulatory agencies weaponized by these out of state actors to attack the very citizens of the state if they dare challenge the new status quo. (e.g. 4 attacks by Wyss funded attorney)

    Noting that the recent flip-flopping of Mary Peltola over the Donlin Mine is not related at all to the sudden public support after, her endorsement during her recent congressional race of 2022, by the Calista Native Corporation and its president and CEO Andrew Guy, who happens also to be on the board of the Alaska Jobs Coalition.

    Again, the connection is an easy one; the Alaska Jobs Coalition created just days before Peltola vocalized her support of the mine, endorsed her within days of its creation under the premise of a non-profit 501c4 purportedly representing Alaskans and their jobs.

    This endorsement, among others, appears to have been strategically timed to prop up Peltola’s campaign thus creating question of the endorsements’ independence.

    Zooming out even further, one can see how a Swiss billionaire named Hansjörg Wyss has dramatically impacted the political configuration in Alaska. Through the Sixteen Thirty Fund and New Venture and Arabella Advisors, Wyss was a primary funder for various ballot initiatives in Alaska through various nonprofits. Included Ranked Choice Voting, Jungle Primary and Minimum Wage Increase.

    Not surprisingly, the only reason Peltola was able to move forward the first time around was Rank Choice Voting, which she has spoken on numerous occasions and promoted in multiple states.

    Hansjörg Wyss did not limit his activities in Alaska. He financed Measure 110, the failed initiative to decriminalize hard drugs in Oregon which has been repealed, and Measure 114, which is an unconstitutional limit to the Second Amendment. Wyss goals are a re-interpretation of U.S. Constitution.

    Most of the money he donates is funneled through proxy organizations like the Sixteen Thirty Fund and Arabella Advisors, which dodge U.S. prohibitions on foreign election activity.

    This is how foreign nationals get their hooks into American politics and policy: by co-opting U.S. election law and exaggerating the U.S. campaign finance loophole on foreign nationals donating to ballot measures.

    Yet again, regulatory agencies weaponized by the elites to target citizens who challenge them, when those agencies should be monitoring and safeguarding the State and its citizens from these malicious out of state actors.

    Any political system with foreign funding, particularly channeled through shadow networks, harms democracy and ultimately the country and its citizens.

    It allows these powerful and often unaccountable actors to manipulate the policy and results of their liking,

    much like a colonial exploitation model.

    In Alaska, it would mean putting the interests of wealthy people and corporations from outside above the well-being and desires of Alaskans.

    • There’s gotta be some ‘REAL’ cabbage($$$) to be made working as laundering proxies for these Outside Dark Money Influencers, NGO’s and 501(c)(3) organizations. All that’s required is to sell your soul and cash-in!

    • The “exploitation model” that you’re whining about, Phil, has worked marvelously well for years by helping the undereducated and underprivileged in Alaska to keep Spam, Pilot Bread, canned butter, and either Hills Brothers or Folgers coffee on their kitchen tables. If the impoverished would shallow their pride just a little there’d be more meat on their platters and fewer panhandlers. Even the less enlightened Christians realize that God helps those who help themselves. if that were not the case we’d have fewer corporations and more bums. In closing, Phil, get out and spread the good word.

    • This is why what US House Rep Peltola, Guy Calista Native Corporation et al is racketeering or covered under racketeering laws, using your position to enrich yourself at the expense of the governed…

      “Calista Native Corporation and its president and CEO Andrew Guy, who happens also to be on the board of the Alaska Jobs Coalition.” The Alaska Jobs Coalition is not covered by ancsa anilca tribal sovereignty as the Alaska supreme Court recently ruled in favor of the regional and tribal consortiums – but they don’t get to create state organizations to coordinate what they are not allowed to and expect to be sovereign.” The officers and non-tribal organizations are not sovereign. If they were operating in a bubble they might could argue immunity under tribal sovereignty laws but not with all these private organizations they prop up as the writer describes…

      “Again, the connection is an easy one; the Alaska Jobs Coalition created just days before Peltola vocalized her support of the mine, endorsed her within days of its creation under the premise of a non-profit 501c4 purportedly representing Alaskans and their jobs.”

      They have successfully manipulated the laws and governing bodies to enrich themselves and non-natives and people not enrolled properly don’t get to vote to be represented in law as per their constitutional rights so the question is – how do you possibly consider these organizations as governing bodies?

      “This endorsement, among others, appears to have been strategically timed to prop up Peltola’s campaign thus creating question of the endorsements’ independence”

      Valerie Davidson muddied the waters by stating the organizations aren’t covered under the civil rights act. I’m glad she’s gone but the entire group needs to go especially the lead negotiator of moldy medical devices distributed by the Alaska tribal health compact”

      The ANCSA tribal elections need to be counted by the Alaska public office commission.

  5. Mary is a loyal socialist democrat, she votes democrat, no matter how much it hurts Alaska. The union leadership has their heads up their own a—-, and support the job killing democrats. Mary voted against Alaska, that’s all you need to know.

  6. Peltola is nothing more than a psychopath. Not a Native leader, that’s for sure. And not a congressperson for all of Alaska. She’s another wacko Democrat,…. rubber stamp in Congress for the Joe Biden Agenda. Too easy to see.
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    And, she looking to capture her next husband (#6) off guard. Beware!!!!

  7. Alaska Jobs Coalition has a fantastic web site. It says… nothing. Really, there is a bit of text about supporting Alaska jobs, and no other information of any kind.
    This is, in my opinion, another 907Initiative. Created for no reason other than to support leftist candidates and destroy anyone who disagrees with leftists.

  8. Let’s be real, no shareholders are going to get rich off of ANCSA dividends. That is really reaching.

    • You would have to look at the corporation database w the state, I recommend looking up the officers independently of the native or tribal organization. CIRI is one I like to pick on because they manage most of the Alaska tribal health compact and all of southcentral foundation aka Coltsfoot – a relatively unknown investment company listed at the same address and the corporate papers w the state say SCF & Coltsfoot are the same company. CIRI has less than ten thousand shareholders per their website and SCF has over 70,000 patients, additionally they are giving consent to the researchers by entity not by patient informed consent protocols then they’re redirecting resources away from patient care to climate change initiatives.

      CIRI’s website data Shareholder
      “CIRI makes an annual contribution to the fund that is equal to 3.5% of the previous year’s ending Shareholders’ equity. Shareholders receive four payments per year from this contribution. The first three distributions are equal to 24% of the total and the fourth is equal to 28% of the total. Quarterly payment amounts can be found in Qenek.

      Then elder distribution
      Elders Fund Distributions are paid to the beneficiaries of the CST who are: original CIRI Shareholders, and alive and 65 years of age or older on the approved dates of record — providing they either own at least one share of CIRI stock or gifted all of their CIRI stock prior to July 31, 2003. CST Elders Fund payments are scheduled to occur in the same months as quarterly Shareholder Distribution payments from the Distribution Fund.
      Direct deposit sign-up deadline (3 p.m. Alaska time) Address change and cancel direct deposit deadline (3 p.m. Alaska time) Record date Mailing date

      7(j) Distributions are not dividends and are not declared by the Board of Directors. As required by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, or ANCSA, resource revenue payments associated with at-large shares are paid directly to the Shareholder. Resource revenue payments associated with village class shares are paid directly to the underlying village corporation. Resource revenue payments are made in accordance with Section 7(j) of ANCSA, which directs the sharing of resource revenues among the 12 regional corporations within the state of Alaska. See below for more information about what 7(j) Distributions are, where they come from and how they are calculated.

      Once calculated, resource revenue payments will be mailed or directly deposited by 6 p.m. Alaska time on Monday, April 1, for shareholders who own at-large shares and have a valid mailing address on file as of Wednesday, March 20. Resource revenue payments for shareholders who own village-class shares are mailed directly to their village corporations, as required by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). If you have a Qenek portal account, you may access information on the type of stock owned via the portal. Resource revenue payments are made in accordance with Section 7 (j) of ANCSA, which directs the sharing of resource revenues among the twelve regional corporations within the state of Alaska.

      Direct deposit sign-up deadline (3 p.m. Alaska time) Address change and cancel direct deposit deadline (3 p.m. Alaska time) Record date Mailing date
      March 4, 2024 March 20, 2024 March 22, 2024 April 1, 2024

      Tax status of 2023 CIRI payments

      CIRI IRS Forms 1099 for the 2023 tax year will be mailed no later than January 31, 2024. Shareholders with Qenek portal accounts will be able to access their 1099s before the forms are mailed, with an email sent to advise when the forms are available. Tax information remains accessible in Qenek for seven years, allowing Shareholders to easily view and print their forms, if desired.

      2023 tax forms will reflect all payments made to affected CIRI Shareholders in 2023, and such Shareholders may receive more than one type of Form 1099 depending on type of CIRI income received. These include:

      Form 1099-MISC (resource revenue payments and prizes).Resource revenue—or 7(j)—payments derive from resource revenue sharing obligations among the 12 Alaska Native regional corporations, as required by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Shareholders who owned at-large stock on March 24, 2023, received a $19.4955 per at-large share (or $1,949.55 per 100 shares) 7(j) payment from CIRI in 2023. Additionally, if you inherited at-large stock in 2023 and received an estate settlement payment, a portion of that payment may have consisted of held 7(j) funds. ‘https://www.ciri.com/shareholders-descendants/distributions/

      That is per shareholder, not household and I want oversight, competition and an organization that cares more about patient care if they’re going to be healthcare providers than garages, politics and horse manure.

      It looks like they’re redistributing the funding for the primary care to shareholder dividends and it’s disturbing because they also displaced the rest of us by shareholder preference laws.

      They most certainly can get rich… A family of 4 w three CIRI shareholders makes over 120,000 dollars per annum just for being a CIRI shareholder.

  9. Alaska Supreme Court ruling aside for Alaska native organizations, no matter how many southeast Alaska native shareholders work for or are on the board of Alaska public media or no matter how many Alaska native organizations are in the Alaska community foundation and no matter how close they get to Diane Kaplan w the rasmuson foundation now public broadcasting – they are not Alaska native organizations covered by the Alaska supreme Court ruling. It’s a criminal racket covered by the department of justice but their partner from the Alaska community foundation is the main fed for Alaska. Just expect patients to keep dying. Coordinating to deprive people of their constitutional rights is a crime punishable by jail and up to death. Alaska is barely an functional US state they’ve disrupted governance so much and only the people they prefer get justice or a paycheck.

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