Both the contract with the Washington firm, Bancroft PLLC, and the Anchorage firm, Holmes Weddle Barcott, said the project director, Hutchison, has the authority to “oversee and direct the activities” of each firm and to approve periodic payments. Both contracts list a House aide, Mark Higgins, as vice project director. Higgins can oversee the activities of the law firms, but he can only direct activities and approve payments “in the event that Mr. Hutchison is not available,” according to the contracts.

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