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wolfdancer
11-12-2007, 12:45 PM
Are there any honest politicians left (or right)???
'I'll Sell My Soul to the Devil'
Corruption Scandals Involve Alaska's Biggest Political Names

By Karl Vick
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 12, 2007; Page A01

ANCHORAGE -- When the FBI came looking for corruption in Alaska politics, it found an excellent perch in Suite 604 of the Baranof Hotel in Juneau, the state capital. There, a profane septuagenarian named Bill Allen did business throughout a 2006 special session called to set taxes on the oil industry. With hundred-dollar bills in his front pocket for ease of access when lawmakers turned up with their hands out, the oil-services company executive turned in a bravura performance before the pinhole camera that federal agents installed opposite his favorite chair.

"Let me count first here," Allen said, shushing a former statehouse speaker as he counted out a bribe in video footage entered as evidence in the lawmaker's September trial, one of several crowding the docket of the federal court here.



Former state representative Tom Anderson was convicted in July of seven felonies including bribery, extortion, conspiracy and money laundering. (By Al Grillo -- Associated Press)







On another tape, Pete Kott, the former Republican speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives, crowed as he described beating back a tax bill opposed by oil companies. "I had to cheat, steal, beg, borrow and lie," Kott said. "Exxon's happy. BP's happy. I'll sell my soul to the devil."

"Well, that will stay in this room," one lobbyist said as a midnight session wound down.

It did not, of course. Since breaking into public view a year ago when federal agents raided lawmakers' offices and homes -- finding $32,200 neatly stacked in a closet of Kott's condo -- the federal probe has produced four indictments, three convictions, three guilty pleas and a rapt audience keen to see how high into Alaska's political hierarchy the rot reaches.

Officially, the scandal has remained confined to Juneau, where Alaska lawmakers had grown so accustomed to operating under the presumption of impropriety that several of them embroidered ball caps with the letters CBC, for "Corrupt Bastards Club." (An Anchorage coffeehouse now offers Corrupt Bastards Brew.) But with signs that the investigation is brushing against Alaska's lone congressman, Don Young (R), and its longtime and venerated senator Ted Stevens (R), residents of the Last Frontier are experiencing a rare spasm of soul-searching.

"These disclosures have come as a real shock, because of revelations of what was going on, and because Alaskans have always felt that they are special," said Vic Fisher, 83, one of four surviving members of the convention that only a half-century ago wrote Alaska's state constitution. "And that this thing is ruining our national reputation."

Young, who has represented the nation's largest state in the U.S. House for 34 years, has not been named in the proceedings -- yet he reports spending $450,000 on legal fees over the past six months. Veco, the oil-field services company that Allen owned, was Young's largest campaign contributor.

LWW
11-12-2007, 12:51 PM
Very, very few.

The "2" party system has been allowed to morph into a 2 headed beast which divides the people and conquers via that division.

LWW

SKennedy
11-12-2007, 01:13 PM
I bet we can all agree on this issue!

wolfdancer
11-12-2007, 01:46 PM
I don't read any LWW ...it's agin my religion..(beware false prophets)
But, don't tell me he is denying the report???
I didn't see the scandal as a partisan thing....just your everyday political corruption...of which both parties are guilty.

SKennedy
11-12-2007, 04:33 PM
Actually wolf, he agrees with you......you will not go blind if you read his post, nor will you instantly convert into a being hated by Gayle (I think).

nAz
11-12-2007, 06:07 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote wolfdancer:</font><hr> I don't read any LWW ...it's agin my religion..(beware false prophets)
But, don't tell me he is denying the report???
I didn't see the scandal as a partisan thing....just your everyday political corruption...of which both parties are guilty. <hr /></blockquote>

actually I agree with him too... maybe judgment day is upon us!