Norm Coleman got dirty money from Alaska
Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) has received $6,000 from VECO Corp executives. Norm may complain about Al Franken getting Hollywood money, but Norm is flush with dirty Alaskan oil money.
- For years, while VECO Corp. was flush with oil profits and in a giving mood, Capitol Hill politicians happily accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from employees of the Alaska oil contractor.
But now that two Alaska lawmakers are under FBI scrutiny as part of a growing corruption scandal involving VECO, the friendly feelings have faded and some in Washington are shedding the campaign donations connected with the company.
VECO founder Bill Allen and former company vice president Rick Smith have pleaded guilty to bribing public officials. They also admitted running a company "special bonus program" that steered money to favored candidates, violated federal tax laws and sent untold amounts of corporate money into political coffers.
Coleman's office said his campaign books were closed and the money was already spent.
(AP, hat tip to Polinaut)