Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Re-"perp"-licans on Parade

The latest in the Frog March pageant is none other than Alaska's Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator, who was indicted today on seven counts of failing to disclose thousands of dollars in services he received from a company that helped renovate his home.

From the LA Times story:

The indictment unsealed today says the items included: home improvements to his vacation home in Alaska, including a new first floor, garage, wraparound deck, plumbing, electrical wiring; as well as a Viking gas grill, furniture and tools. He also was accused of failing to report swapping an old Ford for a new Land Rover to be driven by one of his children.


Prosecutors said Stevens "took multiple steps to continue" receiving things from oil services company VECO Corp., and its founder, Bill Allen. At the time, the indictment says, Allen and other VECO employees were soliciting Stevens for "multiple official actions .... knowing that Stevens could and did use his official position and his office on behalf of VECO during that same time period."

VECO's requests included funding and other aid for the oil services company's projects and partnerships in Pakistan and Russia. It also included federal grants from several agencies -- as well as help in building a national gas pipeline in Alaska's North Slope Region, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.

I hope Duke Cunningham has room in his jail cell. But not to worry. At 84, Stevens probably won't be there too long.

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