Advertisement. For information about purchasing ads, please click here.

Be Safe

Zach Freeman awarded state contract while still employed by legislature

Zach Freeman, who worked as the House Republican Minority press secretary from December 31, 2018 to January 18, 2021, won a communications contract from the Department of Administration while he was still employed by the Alaska Legislature. His employment dates with the legislature were provided by the Legislative Affairs Agency.

According to documents obtained by the Landmine through a records request, Freeman’s company, Imperial Independent Media, was awarded the contract on January 4, 2021, 14 days before his employment with the legislature ended. The RFP for the contract was issued on December 15, 2020. Bids were due six days later on December 21, 2020. Three firms bid on the RFP. The contract was approved by Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka.

The value of the contract is not-to-exceed $88,400. $44,200 from January 2, 2021 to June 30, 2021 with an optional six month extension for an additional $44,200. According to the contract, the scope of work includes developing a communications strategy, a social media strategy, and other press and communications work.

Advertisement. For information about purchasing ads, please click here.

Be Safe

Freeman listed then-Minority Leader and now former Representative Lance Pruitt as a reference in his proposal. According to the Legislative Affairs Agency, Freeman was employed by Pruitt at a bi-weekly salary of $2,232.75. Freeman notes a “potentially hostile and quick changing media landscape” in his proposal. He lists his hourly rate at $68 and estimates 650 hours for the first term, just under 30 hours a week. You can see the full proposal here.

The other firms to bid the contract were Blueprint Alaska and Kathy Day Public Relations. Freeman’s firm had the highest score.


Freeman also did work for several legislative candidates last year through his company Imperial Independent Media while he was employed by the legislature. According to Alaska Public Offices Commission reports, Freeman’s company was paid for campaign work by Senator Shelley Hughes (R – Palmer), Representative Sara Rasmussen (R – Anchorage) and Representative Kelly Merrick (R – Eagle River), all who were legislators at the time. Rasmussen and Merrick were part of the House Republican Minority at the time. Freeman also did work for several other candidates, the following of which won their elections: Senator Roger Holland (R – Anchorage), Representative Mike Cronk (R – Tok/Northway), and Representative Tom McKay (R – Anchorage).

On his website, Freeman says he “has dedicated his career to helping organizations and individuals grow their empires.”

Advertisement. For information about purchasing ads, please click here.


Enjoy this article? Please consider making a donation to the Alaska Landmine. The Landmine is made possible by a team of Alaskans who work hard to deliver unique content you won’t find anywhere else. Your donations make articles like this possible. Thank you for reading!

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
19 days ago

“won his experience”?

The big guy
18 days ago

The Left nutcases in the Anchorage assembly arr running amuck, we’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars housing homeless in hotels, and Jeff Landfield is worried about a contract…

Non partisan my ass.

Last edited 18 days ago by The big guy
18 days ago
Reply to  The big guy

The Big guy has a tiny brain

The big guy
18 days ago
Reply to  Yikes

Stunning rebuttal…

18 days ago

Is that illegal?

Lynn Willis
18 days ago

And I keep hearing that we don’t need an elected Attorney General. If we had one of those motivated to retain his or her job by protecting the public more than the Governor who appoints our Attorney General I bet he or she would soon become very familiar with Kelly Tshibaka.

18 days ago

This is only half of the story. I appealed on grounds of conflict of interest (the RFP required that you state if you have worked for the state at any time for the last 2 years and if you had any other state contracts). I also feel that he did not have a company for the last 2 years that offered these services (required) and he also bid over $100K when they stated the budget was under $100K (should have been disqualified). All appeals of course were “explained.” They literally called him up and said “you won” and he told… Read more »

Elstun Lauesen
18 days ago

Here’s a “Strategy”, Kelly. Truth and transparency. Communicate facts. Be open and responsive within the constraints of confidentiality. Advocate for clients, be mindful of costs, leave politics at the door.

There: where’s my $44,000?

Ron L
17 days ago

Commish Tshibaka is the head of the snake. Even the mafia did not hire PR reps. Tshibaka has funneled money to friends since taking over at Dept of Admin. Millions to friends that will come back in political donations. What is her hold on Dunleavy? How about her $$ awards to the crum family? To quote a famous saying “Something smells in Denmark” or now “Something smells rotten in Tshibakaland”

Nunya Bidness
14 days ago
Reply to  Ron L

The Talabaptist Mafia.

Nunya Bidness
14 days ago

As the great Dermot Cole has reported, this is Kelly’s way of getting the State to pay for the run-up to her campaign for Murkowski’s Senate seat. She was imported here by the Koch network just like Sullivan was, because the Mercers, Kochs, and other black money fatcats don’t consider Lisa a reliable vote because she won’t goosestep with Moscow Mitch. Why should she pay for it when she and Dungleavy can let the state pay for it?