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« on: July 29, 2008, 05:40:05 PM »

WaPo article.

I suspect this surprises no one given the length of the investigation into his underhanded dealings with an oil services company that remodeled his house for him, but it's nice to see the guy who championed the "bridge to nowhere" end up with his just deserts.
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2008, 03:47:27 AM »

I agree and yes, I'm still a Republican. Get this fool notorious for siphoning money away from projects that needed it to his state of 15 eskimos and some polar bears OUT OF OFFICE. People like this just piss me off. Oh wait, that would mean all of Congress. I still stand by my motto of "Vote 'Em ALL Out." smile
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2008, 09:04:33 PM »

Isn't a congressman supposed to champion his constituents?  Maybe he used poor judgement in picking that project to support, and without knowing much about it it certainly appears that theres the potential for corruption and pork spending in such a project, but on a surface, a congressman for Alaska fighting for a bridge in Alaska doesn't seem to be a real big deal.
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2008, 09:23:51 PM »

Stevens has been the long-time leader in pork for decades.  Alaska receives far more tax dollars per capita than any other state.  As evidenced by the bridge to nowhere, he wasn't interested in spending your money wisely - he was just trying to get it back to his home state.

Take, for example, this data from Taxpayers for Common Sense:

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The new research has found that Senator Stevens has secured or played a significant role in securing more than 891 earmarks worth $3.2 billion, which comes to $4,872 per capita over the last four years. This is more than 18 times the national average of $263 per capita for the same four years.

It wouldn't be reasonable for states to expect a 1:1 return on tax dollars collected, but Alaska shouldn't be getting 18x the national average.  (Particularly because their republican governor got her way with the windfall tax on oil profits, so the state's doing even better than usual these days.)

Of course, all of Alaska's federal representation are crooked.  Don Young, their only congressman, also took bribes from VECO, and is notable for recently allocating $10 million for the construction of a highway interchange in Florida.  Oddly, a real estate developer who owns 4,000 acres along that road had donated $40k to Young's re-election.

Consequently, this isn't exactly just business-as-usual.
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2008, 03:14:38 AM »

Quote from: Brendan on August 11, 2008, 09:23:51 PM

Stevens has been the long-time leader in pork for decades.  Alaska receives far more tax dollars per capita than any other state.  As evidenced by the bridge to nowhere, he wasn't interested in spending your money wisely - he was just trying to get it back to his home state.

Take, for example, this data from Taxpayers for Common Sense:

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The new research has found that Senator Stevens has secured or played a significant role in securing more than 891 earmarks worth $3.2 billion, which comes to $4,872 per capita over the last four years. This is more than 18 times the national average of $263 per capita for the same four years.

It wouldn't be reasonable for states to expect a 1:1 return on tax dollars collected, but Alaska shouldn't be getting 18x the national average.  (Particularly because their republican governor got her way with the windfall tax on oil profits, so the state's doing even better than usual these days.)

Of course, all of Alaska's federal representation are crooked.  Don Young, their only congressman, also took bribes from VECO, and is notable for recently allocating $10 million for the construction of a highway interchange in Florida.  Oddly, a real estate developer who owns 4,000 acres along that road had donated $40k to Young's re-election.

Consequently, this isn't exactly just business-as-usual.

Dude, it's Alaska. What the hell else are they going to do other than take bribes? I'd have to take 15 to get me to live there. icon_twisted
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2008, 03:42:56 PM »

That's a good point, especially with all the vampire incursions.
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