Oil Tax Referendum Workers Hired to Discourage Signing Petition

People gathering signatures to repeal tax cuts for oil companies are being shadowed by workers hired by a political strategist who supports the tax cut.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE - People gathering signatures to repeal tax cuts for oil companies are being shadowed by workers hired by a political strategist who supports the tax cut.
   
Art Hackney hired the workers to persuade Alaska voters not to sign the petition.
   
They carry placards and refer people to websites created in support of the tax cut passed by the Alaska Legislature.
   
Hackney says he's doing nothing illegal and that he's trying to counter misinformation by the campaign to repeal the oil company tax cut.
   
The spokesman for the repeal referendum, Pat Lavin, says it's shocking that a political consultant would pay people to set up an organized disruption effort.
   
Repeal backers need about 30,000 signatures by July 13.