Alaskans are a multi-talented bunch -- not only can an oil services company renovate houses, but a construction supervisor can work high-dollar political fundraisers. Or so the latest testimony in the VECO bribery case would seem to indicate.
According to testimony from Robert Williams, a contractor with VECO, the CEO of the company paid him for "special projects" which included the renovation of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) home, and help at fundraising events for Stevens and Alaska Rep. Don Young. Given the "loose" accounting standards applied by VECO to Williams' work, and no record of Stevens having paid VECO for it, it's possible it was in violation of campaign finance regulations that prohibit corporations from donating directly to a federal candidate (i.e. providing a service without compensation).
The AP story, provided courtesy of Talking Points Memo, is filled with little gems:
Williams remembered spending two or three days a week for about six months at Stevens' house, supervising workers and installing hardwood floors. He also recalled moving a truckload of furniture, including a bed and a rug, from Stevens' mother-in-law's house to the senator's home.
The renovation was supposed to have been just a concrete slab in the basement. But groundwater levels complicated the job, Williams said, so workers raised the house, built a new first floor and added electrical and plumbing connections.
A few other VECO employees helped on the job and Williams hired outside contractors. A garage was added, though Williams isn't sure how that idea came up.
This kind of thing happens to me all the time -- I call to get a piece of kitchen tile replaced and wind up with whole new bedrooms! And I pay almost nothing!