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Assembly Chair Rivera offers Young Democrats exclusive paid contract with Assembly

Yesterday, Anchorage Assembly Chair Felix Rivera made a Facebook post in a private Facebook group, Alaska Young Democrat Members, offering paid contract work for the Anchorage Assembly. In the post he stated, “please don’t share this publicly.” The Landmine obtained a screenshot of the post. The three and a half month contract is for $11,200, according to the post.

The money comes from a recent CARES Act authorization the Assembly passed on July 28. It was offered as a resolution by Assemblymembers Christopher Constant and Meg Zaletel. Former Municipal Attorney Dennis Wheeler was recently awarded a contract authorized by this resolution. Wheeler is providing legal support to the Assembly for CARES Act related appropriations. I have requested that contract and will update the article when I receive it. The Assembly contract Rivera posted about in the Facebook group does not appear on the Assembly website, his official Facebook page, or his personal Facebook page. Because the amount per contract is under $30,000, it can be done sole source. But offering it exclusively to members of the Young Democrats is odd. As one Alaska politico told me, “It’s like a poor man’s Clark Penney deal.”

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John Jacob
12 days ago

Why are you so obsessed with these young people? It’s kind of gross, and embarrassing. It doesn’t even make sense, this will be public. And it’s not as if they get the job immediately? They have to apply like everyone else you dunce

Reply to  John Jacob

Seriously? This article is about the conduct of Felix Rivera, who is not a “young person” by any stretch of the imagination.

Brian Webb
12 days ago

This is just more of the nonsense coming from my assembly member, and it will add to him facing a recall effort. It’s about him. It’s not about kids at all….. Weak redirection ….

Lynn Willis
12 days ago

Never, ever, ever, ever forget this truism attributed to Lord Acton (1834–1902).which is as valid in politics as Einstein’s E = mc 2 is in physics.

“Absolute power corrupts absolutely”

Red State Resident, Blue State Values
12 days ago

This is a non story as far as I’m concerned. Mr Rivera may have made an error in judgement but it doesn’t rise to the level of a crime. It’s a case of a young and still inexperienced politician exerting some influence on a relatively small muni contract..If Felix was a was a conservative and the contract was targeted at young Republicans Jeff would be congratulating him. Felix has done an admirable job of leading the Assembly through the last contentious months.

Sheppy
12 days ago

If he’s so young and inexperienced why is he the Assembly Chair?

John R
12 days ago

No one called it a crime in this article. And the Young Republicans would be smart enough not to pull this nonsense. And I’ve yet to see Assemblyman Rivera change this town for the better.

Red State Resident, Blue State Values
11 days ago
Reply to  John R

The Young Democrats didn’t pull any nonsense. They were offered preferential treatment in applying for but not guaranteed employment.This has been going on since the beginning of American history Mr Rivera who was a Young Democrat himself and who is eligible up through age 35 knows that these young people are already interested in politics. If you haven’t seen any improvement in Anchorage during his tenure then you’re not paying attention. Sour grapes.

Marlin Savage
5 days ago

Please list his accomplishments/improvements since he has been in office. Just wondering……..

Oh please
11 days ago
Reply to  John R

The Young Democrats didn’t do anything wrong here. They just intercepted an offer of employment from someone who wants to use them like tissues. But don’t say that the Young Republicans wouldn’t do stuff like this. With past chairs such as Ben Mohr, Ryan McKee, and Sarah Hetemi, among others, that little club has been a recruitment center for Americans for Prosperity and Pebble Mine. They have done things like this before. Party officers and candidates come to the Young partisans meetings for one thing: to recruit what they hope will ge expendable, easily controlled little lapdogs, and to get… Read more »

Last edited 11 days ago by Oh please
John R
11 days ago
Reply to  Oh please

One of you lives in a different reality and is likely dem party members come to shill the comment section. But I do agree that they use these kids as tissues. I guess I forgot how abusive it was.

Last edited 11 days ago by John R
Marlin Savage
9 days ago

Obviously, unethical and likely a violation of fair labor laws……….
No, Jeff would report it as unethical regardless of the political affiliation.

Former Co-Worker of Felix’s
11 days ago

Felix plays games with everyone. He discriminates against women of ALL political beliefs and treats the Young Democrats like they are supposed to worship him. He’s mean and he’s snobby and he doesn’t want to do anything that doesn’t raise his profile politically. He’s a power-hungry, petty individual.

Marlin Savage
11 days ago

“While the Assembly is not obligated to publicly list these positions, Vice Chair Quinn-Davidson …..”

Really?????? A REAL fascist quote during the democrats’ ANTIFA era………..