chugach mtn boy wrote:
Fletch wrote:Supposedly he was co-mingling re-election campaign funds to get some work done on his house - some people view it as corruption, others an accounting error (US law is very fuzzy on what politicians can and cannot do with campaign funds).
Not exacly ... I believe the charge was that he allowed an oil field services company (VECO) to do a quarter million dollars worth of work on his house, did not pay for all of it, and didn't report it as a gift as required by federal law. I don't think anyone claims the law was vague on this point--the defense was that Stevens wasn't paying attention and thought he had paid for everything.
I had a feeling you were going to clear that up for us.
Buuut, I will throw my 2 cents in and claim that federal and state campaign finance laws are extremely vague. What a politician calls income vs expenses, vs debt (my personal favorite is when a politician "loans" their campaign money), or contributions is open to some very loose interpretations of the law.
But in the instance of Mr. Stevens, im not informed enough. My understandig was that VECO threw money into the same pot Mr Stevens was pulling from in order to pay for his remodel. Like you said, Stevens came up a little short on what was "his" versus what was a "contribution" and reported it incorrectly (didn't he blame the miss on his wife?). Anyway, you know more about it than me, so I will defer to you. Thanks for the clear up.
By the way, as an Alaskan, what are your personal thoughts on the guy? (definitely not trying to start a political thread here... sorry if it comes out that way