Committee gives Stevens financial filing extension

Ethics panel asks senator to make clarifications

Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2007

ANCHORAGE - The Senate Ethics Committee has given Sen. Ted Stevens a second extension for filing his annual financial disclosure statement after it asked him to make "a few technical clarifications," the senator's spokesman said Monday.

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Spokesman Aaron Saunders said he could not elaborate on what changes needed to be made and issued a brief written statement.

"The Ethics Committee has completed its review and has asked Senator Stevens to make a few technical clarifications to his disclosure," the statement said. "To make these minor adjustments, the Committee has granted the Senator another extension."

Most members of Congress met the May 15 deadline for turning in information on their personal finances, including book deals, investments and property ownership. However, several besides Stevens also asked for extensions.

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

The FBI has asked the elder Stevens, who is the longest-serving Republican in Senate history, to retain records and is looking into the remodeling 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 FBI has not confirmed whether Stevens or his son, are targets and neither has been charged.

Stevens' statement was expected in mid-July. He now has until July 30 to submit the information, according to the U.S. Senate's Office of Public Records in Washington, D.C. Senators have up to 120 days to file the report without incurring a $200 fine, according to Senate rules.

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