The ongoing Alaska political scandals may seem distant, but the usual persons of interest - three more Republican members of Congress - rely on Seattle

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Scandal, Alaska

Seattle helps finance the usual suspects.

The ongoing Alaska political scandals may seem distant, but the usual persons of interest - three more Republican members of Congress - rely on Seattle for much of their campaign cash. Together, Senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski along with Rep. Don Young have received more than a quarter-million dollars from Seattle-area supporters in the past five years - much of it from local aerospace and fishing-industry givers, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area ranks as the third biggest geographical giver ($102,000, behind Anchorage and D.C.) for Stevens, sometimes known as Washington state's third senator. Stevens's remodeled home was raided  Monday in an apparent search for evidence to show an Alaska oil executive illegally gifted remodeling costs in return for government favors (the exec, Bill Allen, who helped head up oil-field services firm Veco, has already pleaded guilty to bribing Alaska state lawmakers, possibly including Stevens's son). Almost half of the senior senator's local money, $46,500, came from Boeing, his second biggest corporate donor behind Rupert Murdoch's News Corp ($47,250). The Seattle area is the biggest geo donor to Murkowski ($11,128) who has been accused in an ethics complaint of profiting from a sweetheart land deal. But the most local money has gone to Young: In just two years, Seattle donors gave him $144,350, second only to his Anchorage donations, according to CRP. Young, originator of that infamous funding measure to build the Bridge To Nowhere and who was linked to the scandal of former Preston Gates Ellis (now K&L Gates) lobbyist Jack Abramoff, is reportedly under investigation for his ties to Veco along with Stevens, according to the Wall Street Journal (just purchased by Stevens benefactor Murdoch). One of Veco's fundraisers for Young, the Journal says, is called The Pig Roast - a toast, in several ways, to pork.   

 
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