Panty Raid In Alaska

The FBI raided 5 lawmakers offices in Alaska today looking for ties between the legislators and oil interests in the area.

JUNEAU, Alaska – Federal agents raided the offices of at least six Alaska lawmakers Thursday in a search for any ties between the legislators and a large oil field services company, officials said.

Tam Cook, [...]

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The FBI raided 5 lawmakers offices in Alaska today looking for ties between the legislators and oil interests in the area.

JUNEAU, Alaska – Federal agents raided the offices of at least six Alaska lawmakers Thursday in a search for any ties between the legislators and a large oil field services company, officials said.

Tam Cook, the Legislature’™s top attorney, said the company named in the search warrant was VECO Corp., an Anchorage-based oil field services and construction company whose executives are major contributors to political campaigns.

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Agents conducted office searches in both Juneau and Anchorage belonging to Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage, the Senate Rules Committee chairman. The senator stood by in Anchorage as authorities sifted through documentation.

Blinds drawn, doors closed

The offices of Senate President Ben Stevens*, R-Anchorage; Kohring; Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau; Sen. Donald Olson, D-Nome; and Rep. Pete Kott, R-Eagle River also were searched.

The blinds were mostly drawn and doors shut in most offices being searched at the downtown Legislative Information Office in Anchorage. Agents wearing blue rubber gloves were visible through gaps in the blinds, rifling through documents in Stevens’™ Anchorage office.

*Son of Ted ‘œBridge to Nowhere’ Stevens.

Thursday, August 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |

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