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Ted Stevens, Longest GOP Senator Indicted

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When will they ever learn? Republicans are going to lose this year’s local elections and for good reason.

Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens has been indicted on seven counts of not reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars of services for his home provided for him by oil companies.

The probe has upended Alaska state politics and brought negative attention to Stevens—who is running for re-election this year—and to his congressional colleague, Rep. Don Young, who also is under investigation.

Stevens’ indictment further damages Republican prospects in the November elections as Senate Democrats, who now enjoy a 51-49 majority, try to capture a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority.

Prosecutors said Stevens received more than $250,000 in gifts and services from VECO Corp., a powerful oil services contractor, and its executives. From May 1999 to August 2007, prosecutors said, the 84-year-old senator concealed “his continuing receipt of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of things of value from a private corporation.”

The indictment unsealed Tuesday says the items included home improvements to his vacation home in Alaska, including a new first floor, garage, wraparound deck, plumbing and 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.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

July 29, 2008 at 3:53 pm

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