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Alaska Senator Indicted After Yearlong Probe

POSTED: 02:21 PM ET, 07/29/2008 by Derek Kravitz

Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator and a figure in Alaska politics since before statehood, was indicted on seven counts of falsely reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in services he received from a company that helped renovate his home, The Associated Press reports.

(Related Posts:
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The indictment (courtesy of the Anchorage Daily News) accuses Stevens, 84, of concealing payments of more than $250,000 in goods and services from an oil company, The Post's Carrie Johnson reports. The items include home improvements, autos and household items.

In return, the former chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee allegedly provided help to the Alaska oil firm, Veco, and its onetime leader Bill Allen. Allen and a former Veco lobbyist pleaded guilty in May 2007 in connection with their role in the scheme.

Here is Stevens' statement.

More than a year ago, Stevens acknowledged to The Post that he was a target of the 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 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.

A month after Stevens admitted being a focus of the probe, in July 2007, FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents raided Stevens' Alaska home.

It was a quick turn of events for Stevens, who joined the Senate in 1968. He has been considered one of the most powerful members of Congress for more than a decade, including six years in which he held control over nearly $1 trillion in federal spending as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Time's Michael Scherer touched on the potential ramifications of Stevens' exit from politics.

The Anchorage Daily News has provided a broad overview of the federal investigation of public corruption that has been under way in Alaska for more than four years.

By Derek Kravitz |  July 29, 2008; 2:21 PM ET Stevens Trial
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Ted Stevens (R) was preceded by Senator Edward Lewis "Bob" Bartlett (D). Bartlett possessed the reputation of a quiet man of achievement and served as president of the Alaska Tuberculosis Association. Senator Bartlett (Democratic - Alaska) died following heart surgery on December 11, 1968 at Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, OH. Ted Stevens (Republican - Alaska) was appointed to replace him on December 24, 1968.

Rep. Don Young (Republican - Alaska) was preceded by Rep. Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Begich, Sr. (Democratic - Alaska). Congressman Nick Begich (Democratic - Alaska) was killed in a 1972 plane crash. On October 16, 1972, he was aboard a twin engine Cessna 310 along with Congressman Hale Boggs (Democratic) of Louisiana when the plane disappeared. The only others on board were Begich's aide, Russell Brown, and the pilot, the four were heading to a campaign fundraiser for Congressman Begich (Democratic - Alaska).

Like Senator Mel Carnahan (Democratic), Congressman Begich (Democratic - Alaska) won the election posthumously with 56 percent to Young's 44 percent.

Posted by: Singing Senator | July 29, 2008 3:21 PM

This is a start. Now lets go ahead and get the rest. Start with Bush Cheney the entire admin or at least whats left. The house with 2-3 exceptions and the senate.
98% of these people are criminal. Hows that impeachment coming along...has everyone gotten their marching orders from
the top..The entirity of these people along with The Washington Post make me want to vomit. Your all trash as far as I'm concerned. Do us a favor quit lieing and leeching off the people, go dig a hole and bury yourselves. ae911truth(dot)org

Posted by: Keith | July 29, 2008 4:06 PM

Ted Stevens as the Republican Party's senior United States Senator he has helped set the ethical climate for his party. It shows.

Posted by: Redman | July 29, 2008 4:08 PM

A figure in Alaska politics since before statehood?

Stevens has been making good for VECO since before oil was discovered. Irony is that he'll do anything VECO wants - legal or illegal - even if they didn't bribe him.

Posted by: Jay | July 29, 2008 4:32 PM

Keith, perhaps for your own health, you should stay away from the Washington Post's website.

Posted by: PLS | July 29, 2008 4:38 PM

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