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Second investigation into Stevens.

By ThinkProgress on July 31, 2007 at 9:51 am

"Second investigation into Stevens."

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Today, Roll Call reports that in addition to the Veco investigation, federal authorities are also examining earmarks by the senator:

agenthome.gif At the same time, the FBI and the Department of the Interior are investigating a series of earmarks pushed through Congress over the past several years by Stevens for an Alaska nonprofit tied to Trevor McCabe, a former Stevens aide and a business partner of his son, Ben, sources familiar with the investigation said.

According to the sources, the investigation is focused on how millions in federal funds earmarked for the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska, were used and how more than $500,000 made it to McCabe.

The nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense will today call on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to “ask Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) to step down temporarily from his positions on the Commerce, Science and Transportation and Appropriations committees until a federal investigation of his activities is completed.”

UPDATE: The Anchorage Daily News reported that the FBI carted off “undisclosed items from inside” the house and took “extensive pictures and video.”

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