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jAZ
06-07-2007, 12:08 AM
Apparently Veco (a small version of Haliburton) hired a contractor to do major renovation on Senator Stevens' home. The oil services company managed all of the billing and instructions with the contractor. Steven's wasn't involved at all, other than to "write the checks" which were apparently paid from a checking account that was created just for this project.

The investigation is just getting started, but apparently it's snagged a bunch of state level pols including Stevens son.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/06/AR2007060602851.html?hpid=topnews

Sen. Stevens Told to Keep Records for Graft Probe

By Paul Kane
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Thursday, June 7, 2007; Page A01

Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, disclosed in an interview that the FBI asked him to preserve records as part of a widening investigation into Alaskan political corruption that has touched his son and ensnared one of his closest political confidants and financial backers.

Stevens, who is famous for bringing home federal earmarks for Alaska when he was Appropriations Committee chairman, was not previously known to be linked to the Justice Department's probe, which has uncovered evidence that more than $400,000 worth of bribes were given to state lawmakers in exchange for favorable energy legislation.

Investigators have used secret recording equipment, seized documents and cooperating witnesses to secure the indictments of four current and former state lawmakers, including the former state House speaker, shaking the core of Alaska's Republican Party.

http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/28591

Why did Ted Stevens have a separate checking account for the home remodeling project?
Submitted by crew on 31 May 2007 - 9:32am. Ted Stevens

An astute friend of CREW thinks there is a key point that's been overlooked in the in Tuesday's Anchorage Daily News article. Here's the key paragraph:

[The owner of Christensen Builders Inc. of Anchorage, Augie] Paone said that as far as he knew, Stevens and his wife, Catherine, paid his bills themselves. He said he sent at least $100,000 in invoices to the Stevenses in Washington. They paid him from what he said appeared to be a checking account opened for the project. The checks, imprinted with the couple's names, had single- and double-digit serial numbers, he said. (emphasis added)

A special bank account just to pay for a home remodeling project? Who does that? Maybe somebody who has to budget carefully. As the Los Angeles Times reported in December of 2003, Senator Stevens is a multimillionaire. Yet, he had to set up a special bank account for a $100,000 home remodeling project. Keep in mind that the invoices for the home remodeling project were first sent to VECO Corp. for approval -- before they were sent to the Stevenses. Undoubtedly, the FBI subpoenaed the bank records to see who was putting money into that bank account and when. That could be very interesting.

trndobrd
06-07-2007, 07:46 AM
We'll see how the investigation pans out. Hopefully, he was in DC keeping his nose clean and not involved with the corruption back home. Time will tell.

I assume the FBI is working on more than "he opened up a checking account for a home remodeling project."

To answer their question, a lot of people open up specific accounts for various projects. In the last two years I've opened and closed accounts for a home purchase and related expenses, a wedding, and a vacation.

Direckshun
06-07-2007, 08:28 AM
The dude's batshit crazy. He is literally the strangest man in Washington DC.

Not exactly the best man, either.

jAZ
06-07-2007, 09:19 AM
I assume the FBI is working on more than "he opened up a checking account for a home remodeling project."
That question doesn't stand alone.

It stands along side the question... what's a $700 million oil pipleline services firm who's executive's have been indicted for political bribery... doing in the middle of a home contstruction project of maybe the most powerful Alaskan politician as former Chair of the Appropriations Committee and Commerce Committees?

trndobrd
06-07-2007, 09:51 AM
That question doesn't stand alone.

It stands along side the question... what's a $700 million oil pipleline services firm who's executive's have been indicted for political bribery... doing in the middle of a home contstruction project of maybe the most powerful Alaskan politician as former Chair of the Appropriations Committee and Commerce Committees?

That's why I made the assumption the FBI has more to go on than the opening of a checking account.

jAZ
06-07-2007, 10:15 AM
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jAZ
06-07-2007, 10:24 AM
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