Tom Anderson (politician)

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Thomas T. Anderson
Member of the AlaskaHouseofRepresentatives
from the 19th district
In office
January 21, 2003 January 15, 2007
ChildrenTimothy, [4] Tommy Jr., Kerry, [5] Grayson, Daughter Ga'alyah White, born 2012
Alma mater
OccupationPartner at Optima Public Relations; Radio show host

Thomas T. Anderson (August 4, 1967 [2] – February 10, 2024 [3] ) was a partner at Optima Public Relations in Anchorage, Alaska and host of the "Tom Anderson Show" radio talk show (www.TomAndersonShow.com) on KVNT 92.5 FM and 1020 AM in Anchorage and Mat-Su. Anderson, a Republican, was an Alaska state representative for District 19 representing northeast Anchorage for two terms, from 2003 to 2007. He became known for his sponsorship of legislation which expanded Alaska's DNA database to assist in forensic identification of criminal suspects through DNA testing.[ citation needed ]

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On December 6, 2006, Anderson was indicted by a federal grand jury on seven felony counts of extortion, bribery, conspiracy, and money laundering involving allegations that he took bribes of nearly $13,000 in return for using his official position as a legislator to advocate for the certificate of need (CON) issuance for a residential psychiatric treatment center (RPTC) associated with the Gov. Frank Murkowski "Bring the Kids Home" initiative, and for contract changes relating to a community confinement center (halfway house) in Anchorage. In July 2007 he was found guilty on all seven felony counts [6] and was sentenced in October 2007 to 60 months imprisonment to commence at the Federal Prison Camp in Sheridan, Oregon, on December 3, 2007. Anderson was one of seven legislators indicted, including U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, State Senator John Cowdery, former Speaker of the House Pete Kott, State Representative Bruce Weyhrauch, State Representative Vic Kohring and State Representative Beverly Masek.

Early life and career

Anderson was born in Anchorage, one of two sons of Col. Tom R. Anderson, former director of the Alaska State Troopers and later general manager of the Sullivan Arena, and his wife Christiane. [7] [8] Anderson attended Muldoon Elementary School and Clark Junior High, [7] and graduated from Bartlett High School in 1985. He attended University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) from 1985 to 1993, earning a B.A. in Political Science in 1989 and an M.A. in Public Administration in 1993. [2] Beginning in 1991, while still a student at UAA, he served as chief of staff for Representative Terry Martin, an East Anchorage Republican who was first elected to the House in 1978. In that capacity, Anderson was also an aide for the legislature's Budget and Audit Committee and the House Finance Committee. [8] During this time he was also on the board of directors for the Anchorage Parking Authority Board from 1992 to 1995 and, from 1995 to 1996, he was vice-chair of the Anchorage Light & Power Commission. [2]

Anderson then returned to school, attending Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1996 to 1999, when he earned his Juris Doctor, [2] and on returning to Anchorage became a legal and public affairs consultant. [8] He served on the Anchorage Zoning Board of Appeals and Examiners from 1999 to 2001 [2] and in 2000 was a member of the transition team for Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch. He also worked as a law clerk for local attorneys. [8]

In August 2000, Anderson was appointed over 29 other applicants by the Anchorage School Board, on a vote of 5 to 1, to fill out the term of school board member Kathi Gillespie, who had resigned the previous month. [8] In April 2001, Anderson was defeated for a full term on the board by challenger Jake Metcalfe. [9]

Consulting business

Anderson registered for a business license for a consulting business called Alaska Strategic Consultants on November 9, 1999. [10] In 2001, Anderson, through his consulting business, had six clients, each of which paid him over $1,000. The clients included the electronic parts supplier Frigid North and the bar, restaurant, and liquor trade association Anchorage Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association (CHARR). In 2002, Anderson, acting as CHARR's executive director, received $40,800 from the association. [11]

Legislative career

23rd Alaska Legislature

In 2002 Anderson, then serving as executive director of the Anchorage Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association (CHARR), a trade association of Anchorage-area bars and restaurants, ran as a Republican against Democrat Owen Carey for Alaska House District 19, covering the Muldoon area of Anchorage. [7] He defeated Carey in the November 5 election. [12]

With other legislators, Anderson was sworn into office at the state capital in Juneau as a member of the 23rd Alaska Legislature on January 21, 2003. [13] Anderson served as chair of the House Labor and Commerce Committee and Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He was also a member of the House committees on Community and Regional Affairs and Administrative Regulation Review, the Finance Subcommittees in the Administration, Corrections, Public Safety, and Revenue committees, and, during the first legislative session (in 2003), the Conference Committee on SJR 8. [14]

During the first legislative session in 2003, Anderson championed House Bill 49, of which he was co-sponsor, to expand the state DNA database by requiring DNA samples from all convicted felons; any person convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime against a person, such as assault; and anyone convicted of a misdemeanor sex offense. The bill applied the DNA sample requirement retroactively to people currently imprisoned or on parole for those crimes, as well as anyone required to register as a sex offender. Some serious juvenile offenders were also included under HB 49. [15] [16] The bill enjoyed wide bipartisan support, [17] and was signed into law by Gov. Frank Murkowski on June 13, 2003. [15] [16] However, in October 2003 a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order which disallowed the state from requiring DNA samples from convicted sex offenders who had completed their sentences unless the state had first obtained a warrant and shown probable cause to believe a crime had been committed. [17] Ultimately, the portion of the law requiring registered sex offenders who had completed their sentences to provide DNA samples was struck down as unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge John Sedwick; other provisions of the law remained intact. [18]

In the second legislative session in 2004, Anderson was the House sponsor of a "payday loan" bill to regulate short-term, high-interest loans. The bill was passed and signed into law by Gov. Frank Murkowski in June 2004. Critics charges that the new law did not regulate loaners enough, still permitting them to charge fees for payday loans that amounted to interest rates of over 300 percent when calculated on an annual percentage basis. An Associated Press wire story about the bill noted that Anderson had received campaign contributions of $500 each (for a total of $1000) from the two co-owners of Cash Alaska, a payday lending company that had also hired former state senator Tim Kelly to push for the bill. (The Senate sponsor of the bill, John Cowdery, had received a $500 campaign contribution from one of the owners of the business). [19]

Northeast Community Council

Anderson played a significant role over two years from 2002 to 2004 in changing the composition of Anchorage's Northeast Community Council to reflect more conservative political and economic views. Anderson encouraged friends and allies, including pastors and members of the locally influential Anchorage Baptist Temple, to pack the town meeting-style community council elections. [20] By May 2004, six of the nine community council board members, including its president, were friends and political allies of Anderson. While Anchorage's community councils have no real authority, they are influential with the Anchorage Assembly because, according to Dick Traini, then chair of the Anchorage Assembly, "they are the active people in the community that choose to be involved." Community council involvement has been a first step in the political careers of several Alaska politicians. [20]

In July 2004, Anderson was criticized in an Anchorage Daily News editorial for signing a $10,000 contract in 2003 with the Alaska oilfield services company VECO Corporation to consult "on local government and community council affairs." [21] Anderson had earlier told the Anchorage Daily News that he'd been approached by VECO after the end of the 2003 legislative session because it was aware he'd done similar consulting work before he became a legislator. He told the newspaper that most of his work for VECO was in seeking out civic and charitable events for the company to get involved in, and that he also monitored Anchorage's community councils to see if there were zoning cases or other issues under discussion that might affect VECO. The newspaper noted that Anderson had received about $4,000 in campaign contributions from VECO employees or their spouses in the 2002 election that won him his first term in the Alaska House. By July 2004 he had received at least $3,500 in VECO-related contributions for his 2004 reelection bid. [22]

Members of the community council later recalled Anderson attending all their meetings during 2003, and assumed he was attending as their representative in the state legislature. They did not learn he was there as a consultant for VECO until 2004, when his state financial disclosure form was filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, as required by law. [11] [23]

By the April 2006 election for Northeast Community Council, the effects of the 2004 takeover had been partially reversed, leaving the council nearly half and half liberal and conservative. [24]

24th Alaska Legislature

In 2004, Anderson ran for reelection to the Alaska House of Representatives. He defeated fellow Republican Louis Mayo in the August primary [25] and in the November 2 general election defeated Democratic challenger Peggy Robinson. [26]

In September 2005 it was disclosed that Anderson and Lesil McGuire, a fellow Republican representative from Anchorage, had married during the summer and that Anderson was moving out of his district to live with McGuire in her South Anchorage residence. Anderson stated that he intended to serve out the remainder of his term and not run for re-election. Alaska law specifies that legislative candidates must have lived in their district for at least one year immediately before filing for office, but nothing is said in the statute about legislators being required to maintain residence in their district for the entire course of their term. [27]

Consulting work while in legislature

Outside income reported by Tom Anderson
to Alaska Public Offices Commission, 2003–2005 [23]
Work performed for:200320042005Total
VECO Corporation$10,000$17,500$2,500$30,000
Alaska Telephone Association$20,000$20,000
Pacific Publishing$10,000$10,000
Marc Marlow$5,000$5,000
Annual total$30,000$27,500$7,500$65,000

Anderson continued to work as a consultant during his time in the legislature. He had a $10,000 contract with VECO Corporation in 2003 to consult "on local government and community council affairs." During his first term as a legislator, he also had a $20,000 consulting contract with the Alaska Telephone Association, a group of rural telephone companies. Anderson told the Anchorage Daily News the contract was to advise the association on member relations and to research telecommunications policies in other states. [22] The association's executive director said the contract was to educate its members on how to be more effective in dealings with lawmakers. [11] As chair of the House Labor and Commerce Committee, Anderson dealt in an official capacity with telecommunications issues, but Anderson said he was careful to avoid conflicts of interest and did not push his employers' interests. [22] Anderson reported a total of $30,000 in income from VECO between 2003 and 2005. [23]

Anderson also reported to the Alaska Public Offices Commission outside income from Pacific Publishing for $10,000 in 2004 and $5,000 from Anchorage developer Marc Marlow in 2005. [23] In total, he received $65,000 in outside consulting fees during his first three years in office. [11] [23] As an outgoing legislator, Anderson was not required to report his outside income for 2006. [28]

In 2006 after the end of the regular 2006 legislative session, Anderson registered with the Municipality of Anchorage as a municipal lobbyist and worked briefly again for Anchorage CHARR [11] in opposition to a proposed measure to extend a smoking ban in Anchorage restaurants and most indoor public spaces to also cover bars and bingo halls. By Alaska state law, legislators are not permitted to perform lobbyist work that would require them to register with the Alaska Public Offices Commission for a full year after they leave office, but lobbying the municipality on local issues did not appear to require registration with APOC. [29] In July Anderson was hired by the Anchorage Home Builders Association for $2,500 per month. [11] [23] The following month he testified before the Anchorage Assembly in favor of two stores that Wal-Mart wanted to build in his legislative district. The Northeast Community Council opposed the stores. At the Assembly meeting, Assembly chair Dan Sullivan introduced Anderson as "Representative Anderson," but Anderson corrected him, stating that he was at the meeting in representation of the home builders association, which favored the Wal-Mart stores. [23]

Later in 2006, Anderson was hired as executive director of the Midtown Improvement District, which was then in the process of forming. [11]

Federal corruption probe

On August 31 and September 1, 2006, the FBI served some 20 search warrants in Anchorage, Juneau, Wasilla, Eagle River, Girdwood and Willow, primarily on the offices of several legislators. [30] [31] [32] Anderson's office was not searched, but as it became clear that the legislators' ties to VECO Corporation was one target of the raids, Anderson, along with Sen. Ben Stevens (whose office had been searched), became the subject of articles in the Anchorage Daily News scrutinizing Anderson's and Stevens' outside incomes as consultants. [22] [23] Disclosure of the search warrant served on Rep. Vic Kohring, another of the six legislators searched, revealed that federal investigators were also interested in information related to Anchorage developer Marc Marlow and about Cornell Companies' effort in cooperation with VECO Corporation to build a private prison in Whittier, an effort which failed due to lack of local support. The Daily News observed, "Those documents, though lacking detail or context, suggest that the probe is wide-ranging and not focused on any one company, issue or individual." [33]

Bribery case

Indictment and arrest

On December 7, 2006, Anderson was arrested on a federal warrant at his home by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was held overnight in the Anchorage jail. [34] Anderson had been indicted the previous day on seven counts, including two counts of extortion, one count of bribery, one count of conspiracy, and three counts of money laundering involving the use of a sham corporation to hide the origin of the bribery payments. [35] [36]

Anderson was specifically accused of accepting a share of $26,000 from a private corrections company funneled to him through a shell corporation called Pacific Publishing that was set up by a lobbyist, identified in Anderson's charging documents as "Lobbyist A" and later identified as prominent Anchorage lobbyist Bill Bobrick, to disguise the source of payments. Unbeknownst to Anderson or Bobrick, their contact with the private corporation's company was a confidential source of the FBI working undercover. [35] [36] [37] According to federal prosecutors, the private corrections company — unidentified in the court documents but widely believed to be Cornell Companies — was not implicated in the plot, and had been unaware of the FBI investigation until Anderson's indictment and arrest. The confidential informant in the case was Frank Prewitt, a former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Corrections who took a job with Cornell Companies after it purchased Allvest. [37] Two of the early private prisons venture partners were caught up in the ongoing Alaska political corruption probe leading to blogger and press speculation that Prewitt's service to the federal government may have been the result of a secret plea agreement although no formal charges were placed. He wore a wire to record conversations in meetings with probe targets. Court documents filed on March 22, 2010, in a criminal appeal indicated that Prewitt had been paid $200,000 for his assistance. [38] The video of Prewitt making arrangements with Anderson was shown as evidence in the trial. [39] Prewitt died on September 7, 2020, in Anchorage. [40]

Prosecution

The case against Anderson was prosecuted by Nicholas A. Marsh and Edward P. Sullivan of the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, [35] as part of a larger probe of political corruption in Alaska, [41] and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph W. Bottini and James A. Goeke of the District of Alaska. [35] Nicholas A. Marsh, 37, committed suicide two years after being part of the Justice Department team that convicted Stevens on corruption charges that were eventually thrown out. A ruling against federal prosecutors by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan in February 2012 included a report detailing "the systematic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence" and "widespread and at times intentional misconduct" by Justice Department lawyers during the prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, be made public by March 15, 2012.

Defense

Anderson was represented by Anchorage attorney Paul Stockler, a former state prosecutor who usually handles civil litigation. Stockler successfully defended an Anchorage aviation company against federal weapons charges in a prominent case in 2006. Anderson had originally hoped to be represented by attorney Jeff Feldman, but Feldman's caseload, which included representation of BP in an investigation and prosecution arising out of an oil spill on Alaska's North Slope in 2006 made it impossible for him to take on Anderson's defense as well. [42]

A letter soliciting funds for the Tom Anderson Defense Fund was sent to about 100 individuals in February 2007 [43] in order to help Anderson defray legal costs, which it was estimated would cost up to $250,000 due to extensive pretrial preparation and a trial which was expected to last about two weeks. [44]

Bobrick charged, pled guilty

On May 14, 2007, William "Bill" Bobrick, a prominent municipal lobbyist in Anchorage and former executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit extortion, bribery, and money laundering in the same scheme for which Anderson was indicted the previous December. Bobrick was the creator of the shell corporation, Pacific Publishing, through which money was allegedly funneled to Anderson. Bobrick also received money through the scheme. [45] Bobrick appeared in U.S. District Court in Anchorage on May 16, where he entered a guilty plea. Bobrick will not be sentenced until after the trial of Tom Anderson, scheduled to begin June 25, where Bobrick will testify for the prosecution. Under sentencing guidelines Bobrick faced a possible 2 to 2+12 years imprisonment, but his sentence was five months in prison and five months home confinement plus fines and community service. [46]

Trial and sentencing

Anderson's trial was originally scheduled to begin on February 12, 2007, [42] was changed to April 9, 2007, and was later rescheduled to begin on June 25, 2007, in order to give Anderson's attorney sufficient time to review evidence. [47]

Jury selection for the trial began on June 25, 2007, drawing from a pool of 102 potential jurors from as far away as Dillingham and Bethel. Several potential jurors were challenged because they had already made judgments about Anderson's guilt or innocence or for other reasons. One potential juror was excluded because she had researched Anderson on Wikipedia. [48]

On July 9, 2007, after a half-day of deliberations and another half of a day to come to their conclusions, a jury found Anderson guilty on all seven charges of extortion, bribery, conspiracy and money laundering. Anderson said he would appeal the verdict, claiming that, ""The prosecution has criminalized being a legislator over this past year. And I think I fell victim to that." His sentencing was scheduled for October 2, 2007, but was delayed until October 14, 2007. [6] Anderson faced a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on the extortion counts; 20 years and a $500,000 fine on each of the money laundering counts; 10 years and a $250,000 fine on the bribery count; and five years and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy count. [35] He was ultimately sentenced to a term of 60 months in prison and was required to surrender to the Federal Prison Camp in Sheridan, Oregon, on December 3, 2007. Anderson was released from FCI Sheridan on February 1, 2011. He was designated to a Federal Community Corrections Center (halfway house) in Seattle, Washington until May 2011 and then returned home to Anchorage.

Personal

In 2010, while Anderson was serving time in Oregon, his second wife, State Senator Lesil McGuire, divorced him. [49]

Anderson pursued a romantic relationship with local Alaska FOX reporter Michele White in the summer of 2011 but he ended the relationship when White became pregnant with the couple's child. Anderson abandoned the couple's special needs daughter Ga'alyah, who was born in April 2012, and never publicly acknowledged her. At the time of Anderson's death, White was suing Anderson to establish paternity. The case took a different turn after his death and White is suing Anderson's personal representative to establish paternity. The case is ongoing. [50]

See also

Notes

  1. The 2001 redistricting took Alaska's 40 election districts and created new boundaries for them, as well as largely revising the order of districts, per amendments to Article VI of the Alaska Constitution approved by voters in 1998. Under the previous redistricting plan, approved ca. 1994, the 23rd District most closely resembled the 19th District which Anderson represented. The 23rd District was represented by Eldon Paul Mulder (born 1957) for the entire decade the district existed (1993–2003) before retiring.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Alaska Legislature. (2005-09-20). "Representative Tom Anderson" (biography). Through Internet Archive. Retrieved on 2007-05-09.
  3. 1 2 "Governor Dunleavy and First Lady Mourn the Passing of Former Alaska Representative Tom Anderson". February 12, 2024.
  4. http://www.courtrecords.alaska.gov/eservices/?x=bQUwCRWfQ4Y7qnKPG6reHlPudU9Ijy9GoV*JPXO3kPB3Y12IE9IgyMcfxYZvEXxqQGEpuCbE*XO4UECF8IbH3g%5B%5D
  5. http://www.courtrecords.alaska.gov/eservices/?x=bQUwCRWfQ4Y7qnKPG6reHlPudU9Ijy9GoV*JPXO3kPB3Y12IE9IgyEfFsno2eX6IPwD6X69I8VU2wi*Ly-EjjA%5B%5D
  6. 1 2 Demer, Lisa. (2007-07-09). "Jury finds Anderson guilty in bribery trial." [ permanent dead link ]Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-07-09.
  7. 1 2 3 Shinohara, Rosemary. (2002-10-16). "Young guns aim for House District 19 — Owen Carey, Tom Anderson each boast deep Anchorage roots." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 Shinohara, Rosemary. (2000-08-04). "Wuerch aide wins school board seat." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-09.
  9. Porco, Peter. (2001-04-05). "School Board Seat A heads toward runoff — Election: Leading candidate Tim Steele falls short, receives less than 50 percent of vote." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-09.
  10. Corporations Database. Alaska Strategic Consultants Archived 2012-12-24 at archive.today . Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. Retrieved on 2007-05-11.
  11. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Demer, Lisa. (2006-12-09). "Anderson was a lobbyist before being a lawmaker — 'Hardworking': The year he won his House seat, one client paid him $40,800." [ permanent dead link ]Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-11.
  12. Cockerham, Sean. (2002-11-06). "French defeats Donley for Senate seat — Majority: Despite that loss, Republicans retain control of House and Senate." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  13. Inklebarger, Timothy. (2003-01-21). "Game on: Lawmakers sworn in for 23rd legislative session." Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine Juneau Empire. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  14. Alaska Legislature. (2003-05-29). "Member Information: Representative Tom Anderson." Through Internet Archive. Retrieved on 2007-05-09.
  15. 1 2 Alaska Legislature. HB 49: "An Act relating to the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) identification registration system and testing; and providing for an effective date." Status date 2003-06-13. 23rd Alaska Legislature, Bill Action and Status Inquiry System. Retrieved on 2007-06-14.
  16. 1 2 Associated Press. (2003-06-14). "Laws expand DNA database, lengthen jail time for some — Crime: Other bills include one closing a loophole in state's stalking statutes." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  17. 1 2 Tsong, Nicole. (2003-10-27). "Judge bars DNA sampling — Lawsuit: Restraining order issued in case brought by John Doe sex offender." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  18. Tsong, Nicole. (2005-02-12). "Sex crime DNA rule shot down — Court: Offenders whose sentences were over by 2003 are affected." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  19. Brown, Cathy. (2004-07-01). "Governor signs bill on high-interest loans — New rules: 'Payday' companies to be regulated, but some say not enough." Associated Press wire story. Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  20. 1 2 Shinohara, Rosemary. (2004-05-07). "Muldoon council reshaped — Rep. Anderson coup: Six of nine board members are people he supports." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  21. Anchorage Daily News. (2004-07-09). "Opinion — Whom do they work for? It's a fair question for lawmakers on political players' payrolls." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  22. 1 2 3 4 Cockerham, Sean. (2004-07-06). "Consulting work pays off for some state legislators — Politics: Ben Stevens made $300,000 helping people who help him." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  23. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Kizzia, Tom and Lisa Demer. (2006-09-24). "FBI raids cast light on dual incomes — Consultants: Ethical standards for lawmakers questioned." Archived 2006-10-20 at the Wayback Machine Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10. Full detail of Anderson's outside income reported in APOC reports is not available on the free portions of the Anchorage Daily News website, but is found in the archived version of the story available through payment of a fee.
  24. Shinohara, Rosemary. (2006-05-06). "Challenge changes council election outcome — Northeast: Member resigns, secret meeting averted, board installed." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  25. Anchorage Daily News. (2004-08-26). "Election 2004 — Primary results." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  26. Cockerham, Sean and Anne Aurand. (2004-11-03). "Dems fall flat in Anchorage — Legislature: Republicans are poised to rule the roost in Juneau." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  27. Cockerham, Sean. (2005-09-30). "Anderson to leave district, not post — House: The newly married lawmaker is departing Muldoon." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  28. Anchorage Daily News. (2006-09-28). "Opinion — No more free passes: Legislators should disclose their last-year financial deals." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10. Reprinted 2006-10-09 as "Alaska editorial: Legislators should disclose their last-year financial deals." Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine Juneau Empire. Retrieved on 2007-05-11.
  29. Hopkins, Lyle. (2006-06-12). "Liquor industry hopes to soften bar smoking ban — Lobbying: Legislator bends Assembly ears on behalf of city tavern owners." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-10.
  30. Volz, Matt. (1006-08-31). "FBI agents search offices of at least six lawmakers." Associated Press. Anchorage Daily News Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  31. Mauer, Richard. (2006-09-05). "Federal agents raid legislative offices." Archived 2007-03-12 at the Wayback Machine Anchorage Daily News Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  32. Demer, Lisa. (2006-09-06). "FBI wanted to know about Veco, hat gifts — Legislators: Reps. Bill Stoltze, Mike Hawker were questioned, not suspected." Archived 2007-10-10 at the Wayback Machine Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  33. Demer, Lisa. (2006-10-09). "FBI looks at more than Veco — Inquiry: Officials show interest in a developer and the Department of Corrections." Archived 2007-01-20 at the Wayback Machine Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-14.
  34. Associated Press. (2006-12-08). Legislator arrested in FBI probe: Anderson seized at Anchorage home on bribery warrant." Archived 2007-01-26 at the Wayback Machine Juneau Empire. Retrieved on 2007-05-11.
  35. 1 2 3 4 5 United States Attorney's Office, District of Alaska. (2007-12-08). "Alaska State Representative Thomas T. Anderson indicted on charges of extortion, conspiracy, bribery and money laundering." Press release. Retrieved on 2007-05-23. Also available through Anchorage Daily News website Archived 2007-10-07 at the Wayback Machine .
  36. 1 2 United States v. Anderson Archived 2007-01-30 at the Wayback Machine . Indictment. Case 3:06-cr-00099-JWS-JDR. Filed December 7, 2006 in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska. Retrieved on 2007-05-23.
  37. 1 2 Mauer, Richard, Lisa Demer, and Tom Kizzia. (2006-12-09). "Anderson indicted on seven counts: Federal bribery case centers on link to prison firm lobbyist." Archived 2007-03-19 at the Wayback Machine Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-11.
  38. FBI said to have paid witness $200,000 during corruption probe, Alaska Dispatch News , Lisa Demer, March 23, 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  39. Corrupt Bastards, Alaska Report. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  40. James Franklin Prewitt Jr., Anchorage Daily News , September 13, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  41. Mauer, Richard. (2006-09-11). "Probe of Veco, lawmakers led by Justice Dept." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-11.
  42. 1 2 Demer, Lisa. (2007-12-19). "Anderson taps Stockler to handle his defense — Scheduling: Jeff Feldman was too busy to take the case." Archived 2007-01-29 at the Wayback Machine Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-29.
  43. Rudolph, Gene and Pat, Sherry Mettler, John and Amy Oney, John Floyd, Randall Brandt, and Chuck Edwards. (2007-02). "The Tom Anderson Defense Fund". [ permanent dead link ] Anchorage, AK. Retrieved on 2007-05-29.
  44. Demer, Lisa. (2007-03-08). "Friends solicit money for ex-Rep. Anderson's defense fund — Anderson: Defense expenses may reach $250,000; letter sent to about 100 acquaintances, associates." Archived 2007-05-10 at the Wayback Machine Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-03-08.
  45. Demer, Lisa. (2007-05-15). "Bobrick charged with conspiracy in bribery probe." Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-15.
  46. Demer, Lisa. (2007-05-17). "Top lobbyist admits scheme: Influence money funneled to Rep. Tom Anderson, Bobrick testifies." Archived 2007-08-15 at the Wayback Machine Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-23.
  47. Demer, Lisa. (2007-03-28). "Anderson trial delayed." [ permanent dead link ]Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-03-29.
  48. Demer, Lisa. (2007-06-26). "Choosing Anderson jury proves to be a tricky undertaking — Bribery trial: Opinions and knowledge keep potentials out, but dating the defendant is fine." Archived 2007-06-28 at the Wayback Machine Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-06-26.
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VECO Corporation was an American oil pipeline service and construction company until its purchase in September 2007 by CH2M Hill. As of that date, the VECO Corporation ceased to exist. Founded in 1968 as Veltri Enterprises by Wayne Ray Veltri, renamed VE Construction after being bought in 1970 by Bill Allen and in 1979 changed to VECO Corp. The company grew to become a major player in the Alaskan oil industries' support. VECO also was a worldwide player in the oil industry, having divisions in many major oil markets.

Benjamin Aavan Stevens was an American politician and political advisor who served as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Alaska, Mike Dunleavy. He previously served as the President of the Alaska State Senate as a member of the Republican Party. Stevens was the son of the late United States Senator Ted Stevens, who represented Alaska from 1968 to 2009.

The Alaska political corruption probe refers to a 2003 to 2010 widespread investigation by the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service into political corruption of nine then-current or former Alaskan state lawmakers, as well as Republican US Representative Don Young and then-US Senator, Republican Ted Stevens. Sometimes referred to as "The Corrupt Bastards Club" or the "Operation Polar Pen", the investigation focused on the oil industry, fisheries and for-profit prison industries.

The 25th Alaska State Legislature served for a term lasting from January 16, 2007, to January 19, 2009. All forty representatives and one-half of the senate were elected to their terms on November 7, 2006. The remaining ten senators were elected to their terms on November 2, 2004.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bill Allen (businessman, born 1937)</span> American chief executive (1937–2022)

William James Allen was an American businessman who was the CEO of the Alaska oilfield services company VECO Corporation. VECO was an Alaska-based oil pipeline service and construction company founded by Wayne Veltri. Bill Allen was born in Socorro, New Mexico, and at the age of 16 left for the oil fields of Alaska to become a welder to help support his family. VECO began as a one-truck welding and repair operation that grew to become a major player in the Alaskan and worldwide oil industries' support services business. He built a for-profit prison in Barbados as well. VECO also was a worldwide player in the oil industry, having divisions in many major oil markets, including Sudan, Russia, Mexico, Venezuela, and Syria. VECO had a major impact on the economy of Alaska and employed over 5,000 people worldwide. Allen was later prosecuted for sexually assaulting minors, a crime he had been protected from prior after lying under oath during Ted Stevens's corruption trial, costing the Senator re-election in 2008.

Peter Kott is a former Republican state representative for District 17 serving Eagle River, Alaska, in the Alaska Legislature for seven terms, from 1993 until 2007. He was Speaker of the House during his sixth term in 2003–2004.

Victor H. Kohring was an American politician who was a member of the Alaska House of Representatives.

John Joe Cowdery was a Republican member of the Alaska Senate, representing the O District from 2001 through 2008. He was previously a member of the Alaska House of Representatives from 1982 through 1984, and from 1997 through 2000.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Walt Monegan</span> American politician

Walter Carleton Monegan III is an American politician and the former Police Chief of Anchorage, Alaska, and later Commissioner of Public Safety for the state of Alaska. His dismissal in July 2008 by Alaska governor Sarah Palin drew considerable attention, particularly in the wake of Palin's selection as the Vice-Presidential nominee of the Republican Party the following month. Monegan accused Palin of not telling the truth about the reasons for his dismissal.

James Franklin Prewitt was an American attorney and government affairs consultant. He was a confidential source upon whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) relied to help prosecute "Operation Polar Pen," the Alaska political corruption probe that eventually ensnared United States Senator Ted Stevens. Prewitt was the author of Last Bridge to Nowhere, a creative non-fiction book that describes his involvement as an FBI source.

Bruce Weyhrauch is an attorney in Juneau, Alaska, United States. He is also a former representative in the Alaska State House representing Juneau's District 4. Weyhrauch has practiced at his own law office in Juneau for nearly three decades. His regulatory and government affairs-focused practice handles a wide variety of matters, including labor relations and natural resources.

Beverly L. "Bev" Masek is an Alaska Native and an American former dog sled racer, and businesswoman. She was a Republican politician who served in the state legislature for several terms.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dan Sullivan (Anchorage mayor)</span> American politician

Daniel Albert Sullivan is an American businessman and politician who served as the mayor of Anchorage from 2009 to 2015 and on the Anchorage Assembly from 1999 to 2008. The son of Anchorage's longest-serving mayor, George M. Sullivan, he was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Alaska in the 2014 election but he and incumbent Governor Sean Parnell were defeated by the ticket of Independent Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott.

W. Carlton Weddington is a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 27th District. He resigned his Ohio House seat after his indictment on bribery and ethics charges in March 2012, the first sitting state legislator in Ohio indicted for bribery in 100 years. Weddington was convicted of the charges and sentenced in June 2012 to three years in prison.

Jerry Ward is an American politician and businessman.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Trial of Ted Stevens</span>

United States v. Senator Theodore F. Stevens was a criminal trial spanning from 2007 to 2009 of long-time U.S. Senator Ted Stevens as part of the Alaska political corruption probe. Stevens was the main source of coverage of the probe, being indicted by a jury on July 29, 2008 and convicted on 7 felony charges of corruption on October 27, 2008 which cost him re-election in the Senate race a week later.

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