Both parties can be equally corrupt

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2006

While Gov. Knowles gave BP a free $200 million oil lease, VECO and friends laundered $400,000 through a Washington, D.C., bank account, known as "the governor's fund," created for Knowles' personal use. They evaded Alaska's contribution limits doing about the same thing that got Congressman Tom DeLay indicted in Texas.

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When BP attempted to take over ARCO and monopolize Alaska's oil industry, Knowles sided with BP by ordering his attorney general to oppose the Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit to stop BP's takeover. What good is Knowles' negotiating experience if he's negotiating for the wrong team?

VECO's more recent cash for Ben Stevens' favors wasn't even a little bit subtle. It took the cooperation of every Republican in the Legislature for Ben to preside as Senate president while taking money from VECO. Any legislator who says they didn't know is either lying, or way too stupid to represent you.

Over the years, the VECO-owned Voice of the Times has published numerous articles advocating the end of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend program. If VECO can get us to patch our potholes and pay our teachers with permanent fund money, there will be less pressure for our legislators to get what we should from VECO's oil company clients who produce our oil.

In 2005, when Ben Stevens introduced legislation to initiate VECO's plan, I began a campaign to expose the money he was taking from VECO.

Long before that, it was Tony Knowles I was writing about for pushing VECO's plan. That's what that special election in 1999 was all about. Tony was trying to persuade you to give him permission to raid the permanent fund and spend it on capital projects. VECO's owners raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a campaign to get you to vote yes.

Any Alaskan willing to put Democrat Tony Knowles back in the governor's chair or vote to send any former Republican member of the House or Senate back to Juneau should just save VECO the trouble and hand deliver their last PFD to VECO. Then move to North Dakota. That would raise the average IQ in both states.

If you doubt what I say, just follow the money. VECO's friends, who have given tens of thousands to re-elect House and Senate Republicans, have abandoned the Republican nominee for governor. She's not for sale. They are backing their old friend Tony.

Ray Metcalfe

Chairman of the Republican Moderate Party


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