An engaged Alaskan democracy

Cliff John Groh

Cliff Groh is a lifelong Alaskan who has been a lawyer for more than 20 years. He is now a writer and attorney in Anchorage.

Groh served as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Revenue from 1987 through 1990. In that capacity, he served essentially as the State of Alaska’s tax lobbyist in the successful effort in 1989 to revise the state’s oil taxes in a way that increased revenues from the giant Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk fields. The legislation adopted in 1989 to revise the Economic Limit Factor (ELF) created a regime for oil taxes that lasted until the Alaska Legislature adopted the Petroleum Profits Tax in 2006.

Groh was also the principal legislative staff member working on Permanent Fund Dividend legislation in 1982. That legislation adopted in 1982 produced the per capita Permanent Fund Dividend Alaska has today. Groh co-authored three chapters for Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend: Examining its Suitability as a Model and authored a chapter for Exporting the Alaska Model: Adapting the Permanent Fund Dividend for Reform around the World. Both books were published in 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan. He blogs at

Groh has been a board member of Alaska Common Ground for more than 15 years. He has organized, presented at, and/or moderated at more than a dozen events regarding Alaska fiscal policy over the past two decades. He was a delegate to the Conference of Alaskans in 2004.

Groh appears to be the only Alaska lawyer who has both performed stand-up comedy in multiple states and been interviewed for an hour on national television about public corruption investigations and trials.