Stevens requests ethics review of financial filing

Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2007

ANCHORAGE - A review by the Senate Ethics Committee of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' annual financial disclosure statement prompted a delay in the filing and public release of the report, according to a statement on Friday from the office of the Alaska Republican.

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Stevens himself requested the ethics review, but his spokesman, Aaron Saunders, would not say why.

"That process is still ongoing, therefore it was necessary for Senator Stevens to file an extension," Saunders said in a statement.

The Senate Ethics Committee reviews the reports from every member of the Senate after they are filed. Saunders would not say what prompted Stevens to ask for an advance review of his financial activities.

The 83-year-old senator is under close public scrutiny during this round of filings because the FBI last year raided the offices of several Alaska lawmakers including his son, former Alaska Senate President Ben Stevens, as part of an ongoing corruption probe.

The FBI has asked the elder Stevens to retain records and is looking into the remodeling of of his Girdwood home in 2000 in connection with the investigation.

Three current and former members of Alaska's legislature have been indicted in the last year on federal corruption charges. However, the agency has not confirmed whether Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in Senate history, or his son are targets.

Nine senators and 70 members of the House requested filing extensions. Senators have up to 120 days to file the report without incurring a $200 fine, according to Senate Ethic Committee regulations.

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