Under Senate ethics rules, a Senator can establish a legal expense fund and accept contributions if it is related to his “official duties.” Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has asked the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee to approve such a fund to help him defend himself against claims that he sold his official duties to the highest bidder. He is not alone. His equally ethically challenged colleague, Don Young (R-Alaska) has created such a fund to help him fight allegations of corrupt practices.
Under the rules, the very same people who have been accused of owning Stevens for years can now make additional contributions to defend him on corruption charges. Washington is truly a wonderfully magical place.
Stevens was indicted on seven felony counts for failing to report more than $250,000 in gifts and home repairs from the now-defunct oil services company, Veco Inc.
If allowed, “friends” of Stevens will now be able to give $10,000 each to his defense fund to pay for the services of his high-priced legal team.
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