Confirmed: Channel One’s long serving Alabama lobbyist is off payroll

May 20, 2014
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Martin Christie

Martin Christie

 

From Jim Metrock:  

Martin Christie has been Channel One’s main Alabama lobbyist since 1998. 

Martin was a friend of mine.  In fact he sort of worked for me at one time.  He was the lobbyist for the Associated Industries of Alabama and the Business Council of Alabama when I was a board member of both.  

Recently Martin admitted to Pat Ellis of Obligation that Channel One no longer uses his services. In fact, Channel One no longer has any lobbying presence in Alabama.   

I loved the fact that our efforts in Alabama caused Channel One to spend so much money for so long a period of time just to keep a lobbyist at the ready.  I liked Channel One’s money becoming Martin Christie’s money because it weaken Channel One and it helped the Alabama economy.  Channel One’s money helped Martin send his children (zoned for a school district that had Channel One) to a private school. (I told Martin I would tell Channel One at the time – 2000, but I guess it’s OK now.) When I would run into Martin in the past, I would chide him for not -at the very least – sending me a Christmas card.  After all, I was causing a stream of revenue to continue to come his way.

Martin’s work included hosting golf outings at Alabama school board conferences and convincing public officials to put their name on Martin Christie-ghost written, pro-Channel One opinion articles. 

Martin’s first project for Channel One was a disaster.  In 1998, he could not convince the Shelby County school board to keep Channel One.  This was a large and influential school district in the middle of the state.  Martin lost Channel One eighteen schools in Shelby County at the very start of his employment.  It didn’t get any better.  Channel One steadily lost Alabama schools during Martin’s tenure.

I bet Channel One wishes they had some of that Martin Christie money back now.  

 

Sep 25, 1998  Channel One was represented, however, by Martin Christie, a well-known and very successful lobbyist-for-hire. Christie’s lobbying company …
www.obligation.org/1998-09-25-channel-one-hires-lobbyist-group-to-save- alabama-cash-flow
 
Apr 1, 2008  They were written by Martin Christie of Public Affairs Strategies, Channel One’s … Mr. Christie is no longer listed as a lobbyist for Channel One …
www.obligation.org/2008-04-01-when-a-testimonial-isnt-a-testimonial
 
Apr 5, 2011  Martin Christie, Channel One’s lobbyist in Montgomery, AL, tried his best to mitigate the damage of this resolution, which I distributed all over …
www.obligation.org/2011-04-05-blast-from-the-past-march-31-2000- alabama-pediatricians-pass-resolution-opposing-commercials-in-clas…
 
 
Jan 10, 2005  Martin Christie is Channel One’s lobbyist in Alabama. Christie is a small-time lobbyist in Montgomery who operates under two names: Public …
www.obligation.org/2005-01-10-the-stink-that-wont-wash-off
 
 
Jun 21, 2006  Martin Christie is that lobbyist. He has conveyed Channel One’s money to members of the state board of education, the Alabama legislature …
www.obligation.org/2006-06-21-where-did-all-the-money-go
 
Jun 11, 1999  Then there is the lobbyist that has been carrying Channel One’s foul water since September of last year – Martin Christie. He seems to be …
www.obligation.org/1999-06-11-big-changes-coming-to-channel-one
 
Feb 10, 2005  That is why Channel One’s lobbyist Martin Christie has directed campaign contributions to at least four of you. Mr. Christie believes he can buy …
www.obligation.org/2005-02-10-channel-one-suffers-major-setback-in- alabama
 
 
Oct 19, 2012  The two people copied in the email are Channel One’s longtime lobbyistMartin Christie who has worked tirelessly for over a decade to keep …
www.obligation.org/2012-10-19-channel-one-news-promethean-world-an- email-to-kent-haehl-and-paul-folkemer
 
 
Aug 18, 2005  lobbyist Martin Christie). Channel One’s army of lobbyists had a general -Jack Abramoff. We at Obligation have always called him “Casino Jack.
www.obligation.org/2005-08-18-as-if-channel-one-needs-more-bad-news
 
Apr 11, 2001  Get Martin Christie to call the Alabama Ethics Commission in Montgomery. He needs to earn some of that money you pay him. I am not an …
www.obligation.org/2001-04-11-teachers-grabbing-for-channel-one-cash
 
 

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