Friday :: Apr 11, 2008

Republican Senator Wants Investigation That Will Focus On Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young


by Turkana

The corruption of Alaska Republicans is almost comical. As McClatchy reports:

An Oklahoma senator plans next week to propose legislation that would force a special congressional investigation to find out who set aside $10 million in a 2005 transportation bill, after it won final House and Senate passage, to study a possible highway interchange in southwest Florida.

Such an investigation almost certainly would focus on veteran Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young, who was chairman of the House Transportation Committee when the unusually late substantive revision was made in the summer of 1995.

Months earlier, Young collected more than $40,000 at a fundraiser in Bonita Springs, Fla., much of it from Florida real estate developer Daniel Aronoff and others seeking the interchange at a nearby site along Interstate 75.

McClatchy reported last year that the FBI was looking at Young's role in redirecting the $10 million as part of an investigation into his earmarking practices and his relationship with an Alaska oil services company.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., vowed in December to block unanimous passage of a routine bill updating the transportation legislation unless the Senate agreed to an investigation. His plan to introduce a formal amendment signals a more determined push.

Senator Ted Stevens has been caught up in so many scandals that to learn about them all you have to do is use teh Google. Governor Frank Murkowski's former chief of staff recently became an admitted felon, and his daughter, Senator Lisa Murkowski "decided" last summer to sell back property she bought at such a favorable price it was considered to have been an ethically questionable gift. And the VECO scandal involved Republicans throughout the state's legislature. As a column by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Joel Connelly was titled:

Political scandals thick as trees in Alaska

MyDD's Jonathan Singer has details on Democratic Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich's attempt to unseat Stevens. Swing State Project's James L. has details on Democratic efforts to unseat Young.

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