Democratic legislators say illegal campaign activity was extensive
September 25, 2007
APOC has previously declined to take meaningful action in pursuing VECO campaign donations, and claimed to be limited by a one-year statute of limitations. Gara said the statute of limitations is bogus, since the activities were criminal in nature.
Under Alaska law, criminal
violations of Alaska's campaign laws are subject to a five-year,
not one year statute of limitations. Gara and Crawford also said
the extent of VECO's violations went well beyond illegally paying
for political polls. The State should also determine which candidates
knew they were benefiting from VECO's illegal campaign donations
- conduct for which the public deserves an answer say the legislators.
"Investigating VECO is only the beginning as far as I'm concerned," Crawford said. "The people who accepted these illegal bribes are equally culpable, and I won't be satisfied until the political system in Alaska is cleaned up - inside and out."
Gara and Crawford are asking the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) and the Attorney General for a full investigation of VECO's illegal political activity and a prosecution for any crimes the company committed.
These two Democratic legislators sponsored legislation last year that now makes it illegal to bribe legislators with campaign contributions. Prior to the passage of that bill, bribery was against federal law, but not against Alaska law.
The Juneau Empire reported today that the Alaska Public Offices Commission did decide on Monday to investigate if VECO may have violated campaign finance rules in providing polling results to favored candidates without reporting the cost of the poll. (Read this Juneau Empire story.)
The oil field services company VECO, is now part of Colorado-based CH2M-Hill.
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