Sunday, December 30, 2007

Metcalfe v McGuire re APOC filings

Citizens for Ethical Government present the unedited complaint and response to Ray Metcalfe's APOC filing for Lisal McGuire to be brought up on charges of accepting bribes and Lobbying.


http://www.citizens4ethics.com

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ray Metcalfe on KSKA

KSKA Community Forum: Ray Metcalfe

A production of the News and Public Affairs Department of KSKA
Wed, November 14, 2007
Posted in Community Forum

20071114-raymetcalfe1.jpgFormer state representative, Ray Metcalfe formed the Republican Moderate Party in 1986 to oppose the influence of the Religious Right over the Republican Party. Public litigant, political gadfly, always a lightening rod for controversy and discussion, Ray Metcalfe, Chairman of the Republican Moderate Party of Alaska is the guest on today’s Community Forum with Nellie Moore.

HOST: Nellie Moore, independent journalist

GUEST:

LIVE BROADCAST: Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.

REPEAT BROADCAST: Wed, Nov 14 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

This is a repost of the article at KSKA, view the original here

Download the full interview as an MP3 here



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Monday, November 12, 2007

Come get down and dirty at the Muckrakers Ball Music & Prizes

Sponsored by Cook Inletkeeper, a citizen based nonprofit group dedicated to protecting Alaska's Cook Inlet Watershed and the life it sustains.
Muckrakers Ball will honor Ray Metcalfe for his role in
bringing corrupt Alaska politicians and VECO executives to justice.
Come get down and dirty with Cook Inletkeeper.


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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Veco, Corruption & Legislators opposing Alaska's fair share.

Below is a letter to all legislators from a world renowned oil consultant who our legislature employed to advise them on oil tax issues. He makes his living holding seminars around the world teaching government officials how to negotiate with oil companies. Attached is a chapter from his course materials. Alaska's future ability to build roads, pay teachers, and patch potholes depends on how well Alaskans understand the attached.

When he writes about "Government Take," he is referring to the sharing of either the oil produced or the profits derived after the successful bidder has recovered the costs of drilling, production, and shipping.

When he references 85%, 90%, and 95%, he is referring to what the winning bidder offered to pay to the host country if they were awarded the license to develop the block after the winning bidder had recovered costs. (Block meaning leased tract.) (License meaning successful high bidder.)

With Veco's recent in court admission to having secretly provided unreported under the table political contributions to dozens of their favored candidates, Alaskans have reasonable cause to suspect that those still seated legislators who cling to Veco's positions have very likely been willing recipients of Veco's bribes. If we don't get our fair share, I believe a mass recall of several corrupt legislators may be in order.

See Consultant Daniel Johnston's letter below:

Dear Friends,
This unsolicited response is partially inspired by the recent editorial from

Representative Jay Ramras. Some of you may recall that (prior to his recent
editorial) Jay had questioned my credentials because I was from New
Hampshire. Ben Stevens also used to beat this drum. It always surprised me
that that logic managed to gain traction and was used so often. Jay did
partially explain his statement to me when I was in Juneau last month. Thank
you Jay, but I am still scratching my head over that one.
For those of you who had to suffer through my testimony the past two years
you will recall numerous references to risky places like Libya, Kazakhstan,
Algeria and Russia where the government share of profits ("take") was in the
high eighties i.e. around 85+%.
So now Alaska is considering a change to the petroleum profits tax which
will add another 1% or so to Government take. Yawn. As I mentioned the last
time I testified, by the time I arrived on the scene the debate had already
zeroed-in on a tax rate of from 20 to 25%. That spread equated to a spread
in "take" of only about 2 percentage points.
Now, Libya is considering a change of its own. The first of the big license
rounds in Libya (which I have often referred to as "feeding frenzies") was
only just recently -- 2005. While the average government take of the various
licenses awarded in 2005 was only around 85% or so some of the high-interest
blocks went for a nearly 95% take. These blocks had up to 15 bids per
block!!! Now even for those licenses the take is going to change according
to the press release below.
I have included a copy of the article I published last year about the
licensing activity in Libya. Sounds like my article will soon be obsolete.
The rhetoric about greedy Alaskan's is a joke. It is also a joke to think of
Alaska as a basked case of instability. Give me a break.
AND, I caught some grief for mentioning "the cloud" of corruption in Alaska
when I testified and I had to listen to an endless trail of statistics
regarding voting records of Kott, Kohring and others. And when did Pedro
have time to research the voting records of these guys? Who spoon-fed Pedro
those statistics?
As far as destroying the investment climate in Alaska? Sorry, the modest
change recommended by the new Governor will hardly even register. Relax. The
same rhetoric that is being used to bludgeon Alaskans on this issue is
standard fare and I don't blame the oil companies for trying. That is their
job.
But I have seen and heard it before. The modest changes proposed do not even
come close. And in fact I am still depressed that what little bit of
progressivity you had is watered down with the Governor's proposal. Damn.
I am in Vancouver at the moment on my way to Turkmenistan where e-mail and
other communications are not exactly user-friendly. That is why I felt the
need to say something-now. I am awfully proud of you guys. Hang in there. I
read about 5 Alaska newspapers every day and follow as best I can every
ounce of news. But for the next week I will likely be a bit out-of-touch.
Good luck and may God bless you all.
Sincerely,
Daniel

PETROLEUM INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY
IOCs Come to Terms With Libya’s New Deal
Monday, November 5, 2007

Summary
Libya’s state National Oil Corp. (NOC) is renegotiating contracts with all
of the country’s current oil and gas producers with the aim of tightening
fiscal terms to increase the government’s take in line with higher prices.
The goal is to reshape all concession agreements and earlier Epsa-2 and
Epsa-3 contracts to the Epsa-4 model used in Libya’s last four bid rounds.
Under the new deals, NOC will seek a bigger share of production.




daniel@danieljohnston.com
www.danieljohnston.com
Phone: (603) 525-9330
FAX: (603) 525-4218
60 Shady Lane
Hancock, New Hampshire U.S.A. 03449

Monday, October 22, 2007

Veco’s Dirty Dozen

By Ray Metcalfe
10/21/2007

The following twelve legislators all have four things in common:

1. Every one of them has taken more than $10,000 from Veco.

2. When Veco owner Bill Allen asked to be relieved of his requirement to register as a lobbyist, they crafted and passed legislation ending Bill Allen’s requirement to register.

3. When presented with hundreds of pages of evidence of Veco’s bribery, each of them refused to respond.

4. When asked to admit or deny under oath whether or not had taken advantage of the illegal polling, services that Veco’s Vice President Rick Smith admitted having provided to over 100 of their favored candidates, every one of the still seated legislators below refused comment.

1. Mike Chenault, $32,000
2. Ralph Samuels, $10,250
3. Mike Hawker, $21,350
4. Lesil McGuire, $17,550
5. Lyda Green, $18,000
6. Kevin Meyer, $23,350
7. John Cowdery, $45,200
8. Con Bunde, $18,650
9. John Coghill Jr, $10,480
10. Richard Foster, $16,750
11. Fred Dyson, $21,700
12. Gary Stevens, $14,275

Watch closely as they go to bat for everything Veco fought for --- and remember them next election.

Ray Metcalfe

Friday, September 21, 2007

Can you hear me now?

Disco Ray gets 'er done.

"There were clear bribery laws that were being broken here. I took it to the state troopers, I took it to the district attorney, I took it to David Marquez, who was the attorney general," Metcalfe said. "I took it to APOC I took it to every single agency the state of Alaska has that's responsible for enforcing the law; 100 percent of them, to the man, said no."

Ray Metcalfe

(He then sent a letter to the FBI and somehow they were able to see what all those Alaska Agencies could not.)

Charges indicate Stevens was bribed by VECO execs

In 2005, Ray Metcalfe attempted to recall Stevens. The Division of Elections dismissed the recall and Stevens held a press conference calling Metcalfe's charges baseless; nevertheless, he refused to divulge what work he performed for the VECO "consulting fees."

Former state Rep. Ray Metcalfe has fought for years to implicate Stevens in a corruption scandal. He expects an indictment will be handed down shortly.

"It was so obvious that (Stevens) was sitting there at the head of the state Senate clipping coupons from a VECO book of bribery that a caveman could have figured it out," Metcalfe said.



Read the full article here

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sen. Ted Stevens Bribed With Home Remodel

September 18, 2007

The longest serving Republican in the U.S. Senate took bribes in the form of a major home remodeling, according to the federal court testimony of an oil company chairman guilty of showering several lawmakers with nearly half a million dollars of “illegal benefits.”

Alaska Senator Ted Stevens has been implicated in the widespread corruption scheme for months but the court testimony--in the corruption trail of state House Speaker Pete Kott--marks the most damaging evidence against the veteran legislator who is also the state’s most powerful political figure.

As chairman of the major oil services company VECO, Bill Allen admitted that he committed extortion, conspiracy and bribery of legislators for giving various politicians and their families more than $400,000 worth of bribes. Among them was doubling the size of the senator’s Alaska home by paying for the labor and materials.

Allen testified that VECO employees performed the work to add a second story to the Stevens residence near Anchorage and the elaborate project took about half a year. A few months ago federal agents raided the Stevens home to gather evidence and take photos and video of the lavish compound.

Although Stevens is the most recognized figure in the statewide corruption scandal, at least six other Alaska lawmakers are under investigation for taking bribes from VECO, which has reaped tens of millions of dollars in federal contracts over the years.

Besides Kott, who is being tried this week, the probe has targeted Stevens’ son, State Senator Ben Stevens, as well as two other state senators (John Cowdery of Anchorage and Donny Olson of Nome) and two state representatives (Vic Kohring of Wasilla and Bruce Weyhrauch of Juneau).

The 83-year-old Stevens has represented Alaska in Washington since 1968 and is up for reelection next year. The way things are going, it seems that perhaps a prison sentence may prevent him from campaigning.

http://www.corruptionchronicles.com/2007/09/alaska_sen_stevens_bribed_with.html

Friday, September 14, 2007

Testimony: Sen. Stevens' Son Took Bribes

By DAN JOLING
The Associated Press
Thursday, September 13, 2007; 11:06 PM


ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The former head of an oil field service company admitted Thursday in court that he bribed three Alaska legislators, including the son of a U.S. senator who is the target of a federal investigation.

Former VECO Corp. CEO Bill Allen, 70, testified Thursday in the federal corruption trial of former state House Speaker Pete Kott. Allen and a former company vice president, Rick Smith, have pleaded guilty to bribing lawmakers, and await sentencing.

Allen said he bribed Kott, former state Senate President Ben Stevens and former Rep. Vic Kohring. He also testified that he recruited Stevens in 1995 for work on behalf of VECO, well before Stevens was appointed to the state Senate in 2002, and that Stevens maintained a consulting contract with the company through 2006.

Stevens, the son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, is under federal investigation but has not been charged.

"Mr. Stevens has consistently said he's not engaged in any of the illegal activity that is alleged by Mr. Allen. He denies it," John Wolfe, Stevens' attorney, told The Associated Press.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/13/AR2007091301889.html

Kott Korruption

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

FBI investigates Sen. Ted Stevens

FBI investigates link involving Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska

U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican
WASHINGTON | The FBI is investigating the National Science Foundation’s award of $170 million in contracts to the oil field-services company that oversaw renovations on U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens’ home, McClatchy Newspapers has learned.

Veco Corp. in 1999 captured a lucrative five-year foundation contract to provide logistics and support for polar research, although it had no previous experience in that field. In the same period, Veco’s top executive managed renovations that doubled the size of the longtime Republican senator’s Girdwood, Alaska, home — raided July 30 by the FBI.

Foundation spokesman Dana Cruikshank told McClatchy Newspapers the FBI had looked into the 1999 award, worth up to $70 million, and a 2004 follow-up contract for as many as seven years that the company values at up to $100 million.

Justice Department spokesman Bryan Sierra and an FBI spokeswoman, Deborah Weierman, declined to comment.

Veco’s founder and chief executive officer, Bill Allen, pleaded guilty in the spring to making $400,000 in illegal payments to Alaska lawmakers, including Stevens’ son, Ben Stevens, then-president of the Alaska Senate. Allen is cooperating in an FBI corruption investigation that also has led to the conviction of a second Veco executive, a lobbyist, and a former Alaska state representative. Three other state lawmakers are awaiting trial on bribery charges. Ben Stevens has not been charged.

Alaska’s sole congressman, U.S. Rep. Don Young, a Republican, is also under investigation for his ties to Veco.

There had been little hint as to how Veco might have benefited from the relationship its CEO had with the elder Stevens, who served for several years as the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman. Stevens also oversaw the foundation on the Senate Commerce Committee.

No evidence has surfaced that Stevens directly steered the contract to Veco, but his aggressive support for increased funding for arctic research coincided with the company’s sudden emergence as a major player in providing logistics for polar scientists.

Stevens, 83, would not comment on the investigation.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Monday, July 30, 2007

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Congressman Don Young agrees to give back illegal contributions -- but not all of it

"Hey, this parts clean now, aint it?" BF

Oil Company in Scandal Gave Outside of Alaska

VECO executives and employees have contributed $1 million to federal politicians and parties since 1989, Center finds. In Alaska, lawmakers have rushed to dump the money.

By Massie Ritsch


May 09, 2007 | The multinational oil services company at the center of a political corruption scandal in Alaska’s statehouse has been a generous contributor to federal lawmakers as well, the Center for Responsive Politics has found. From 1989 through 2006, VECO, its employees and their families contributed about $1 million to current and former members of Congress from 26 states, as well as to President Bush, political parties, other committees and issue advocacy groups.

VECO has been the top Alaska-based contributor to federal politics for at least the last five election cycles, the Center found. Like most oil and gas companies, VECO is staunchly Republican; 97% of its contributions have gone to Republican interests.

The top recipients of money from the company (shown in a table below) are, not surprisingly, members of Congress representing Alaska. Rep. Don Young, a Republican who is the state’s only congressman, has taken in at least $257,320 from VECO in the last 18 years through his campaign committee and political action committee. VECO has been Young’s most generous campaign contributor over that period, according to CRP’s research.

Alaska’s senior statesman in Washington, Sen. Ted Stevens, has received at least $156,000 through his campaign and committees that he uses to support fellow Republican candidates. Stevens’s son Ben, a former president of the Alaska state Senate, has been implicated in the VECO scandal. He has not been charged and denies any wrongdoing.

Two members of another prominent Alaska political family have also benefited from VECO contributions. The state’s other U.S. senator, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, has received $45,250 from company employees, and her father, Frank, received at least $27,947 while he was in the U.S. Senate. Frank Murkowski appointed his daughter to take his Senate seat in 2002 after he was elected governor.

President Bush received about $24,000 from VECO employees for his 2000 and 2004 campaigns. In addition, the company itself contributed $25,000 toward a 2001 Republican fundraising dinner hosted by the president. The president’s father, former President George H. W. Bush, received $9,000 from VECO employees during his unsuccessful 1992 re-election campaign.

Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye is the only Democrat currently serving in Congress to receive money from VECO ($15,000 in the 2004 election cycle). Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, a Missouri Republican, is another out-of-state member of Congress who is a top recipient of money from VECO ($10,516). A number of current members have received $6,000 or less from VECO, and some beneficiaries of VECO's largesse no longer hold federal office. The company’s federal giving peaked in the 2004 cycle, when employees and their families contributed $218,600 to candidates for Congress, president and party committees.

One current member of the Alaska House of Representatives and two former Republican members were indicted last week for allegedly accepting bribes from VECO in exchange for supporting the company’s positions on oil and gas taxes and a natural gas pipeline. They have pleaded not guilty.

VECO’s chief executive, Bill Allen, and Rick Smith, a vice president who served as the Anchorage-based company’s chief lobbyist, appeared in federal court Monday to plead guilty to paying off state legislators. In all, Allen and Smith have contributed nearly $270,000 at the federal level since 1989, the Center found. In addition to making contributions in his own name, Allen acknowledged rewarding VECO executives with bonuses as repayment for campaign contributions, which is illegal. It is unclear whether the politicians who received these contributions were state or federal officeholders.

Other than Allen’s admission that he illegally rewarded employees who made contributions, no evidence has been presented publicly that VECO’s donations to particular members of Congress were illegal. But no politician wants to be even tangentially associated with a corruption scandal. Several Alaska lawmakers have already dumped contributions they received from VECO, opting to donate the money to charity to avoid its taint. Members of Congress may follow suit, as they have in other scandals involving presumably legal contributions. Recipients of campaign donations from the corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients returned or donated more than $700,000 after Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing officials.

Federal Recipients of VECO Contributions, 1989-2006

Recipient Grand Total
Don Young (R-Alaska)
$257,320
Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)
$156,000
Republican National Cmte
$133,450
National Republican Senatorial Cmte
$75,000
Republican Party of Alaska
$60,170
Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
$46,250
Frank H. Murkowski (R-Alaska)
$27,947
2001 President's Dinner Cmte
$25,000
George W. Bush (R)
$24,050
Richard Pombo (R-Calif)
$16,312
William L. Hensley (D-Alaska)
$16,250
Slade Gorton (R-Wash)
$15,000
Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii)
$15,000
Christopher S. 'Kit' Bond (R-Mo)
$10,516
George H. W. Bush (R)
$9,000
Republican Party of Missouri
$8,000
George R. Nethercutt Jr. (R-Wash)
$7,000
Richard Burr (R-NC)
$6,000
Tom Coburn (R-Okla)
$6,000
Norm Coleman (R-Minn)
$6,000
James W. DeMint (R-SC)
$6,000
Greg Ganske (R-Iowa)
$6,000
Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark)
$6,000
John E. Sununu (R-NH)
$6,000
James M. Talent (R-Mo)
$6,000
John Thune (R-SD)
$6,000
David Vitter (R-La)
$6,000
Helen Chenoweth (R-Idaho)
$5,000
Conrad Burns (R-Mont)
$4,000
Arlen Specter (R-Pa)
$4,000
George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio)
$3,750
National Republican Congressional Cmte
$3,300
Rick White (R-Wash)
$3,000
John Ensign (R-Nev)
$2,000
Bob Beauprez (R-Colo)
$1,000
Max Burns (R-Ga)
$1,000
Jennifer Dunn (R-Wash)
$1,000
Steve Pearce (R-NM)
$1,000
Jon Porter (R-Nev)
$1,000
Denny Rehberg (R-Mont)
$1,000
Tony Smith (D-Alaska)
$1,000
Dick Thornburgh (R-Pa)
$1,000
Jim Bunn (R-Ore)
$500
Frank A. Cremeans (R-Ohio)
$500
Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo)
$500
Democratic Party of Alaska
$500
Jim Gibbons (R-Nev)
$500
J. D. Hayworth (R-Ariz)
$500
Rick Hill (R-Mont)
$500
James B. Longley Jr. (R-Maine)
$500
Linda Smith (R-Wash)
$500
Randy Tate (R-Wash)
$500
John S. Devens (D-Alaska)
$350
Larry Craig (R-Idaho)
$200
Bob Dole (R)
$200

Grand totals include contributions to campaign committees, political action committees and parties. Based on data available April 2, 2007 from the Federal Election Commission.

CRP Researcher Douglas Weber contributed to this report.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Ethics addressed finally!

The Senate Majority made a commitment to pass ethics legislation this session and we delivered on
that commitment. House Bill 109 is an omnibus bill that establishes new ethical standards for
members of the Alaska Legislature, executive branch employees and lobbyists. Here are some of the
highlights:
House Bill 109 improves laws affecting lobbyists by:
• Requiring ethics training for lobbyists and their employers
• Increasing restrictions on lobbyists’ gifts
• Barring persons with certain felony convictions from lobbying
• Barring spouses and domestic partners of legislators from lobbying for pay
• Prohibiting certain high-level executive branch officials from lobbying for one year after leaving
those positions
Improves disclosure laws by:
• Requiring electronic filing of campaign and financial disclosures
• Requiring legislators and legislative employees to disclose all boards on which they serve
• Requiring final financial disclosures from legislators, public officials, and others within 90 days of
leaving office
• Requiring more details in financial disclosures
• Requiring members of more executive branch boards to file financial disclosures
Improves executive branch ethics laws by:
• Increasing requirements for public officials’ blind trusts
• Specifying when a financial interest in a business is insignificant
• Increasing restrictions on employment after leaving service in the executive branch
• Barring political use of state aircraft except when that use is incidental
• Requiring the governor, before granting executive clemency, to disclose any interest in the matter
and obtain an ethics determination from the attorney general
Improves legislative ethics laws by:
• Requiring ethics training
• Increasing restrictions on gifts legislators and legislative employees may accept
• Prohibiting legislators from receiving outside compensation for legislative, administrative, or
political work
• Makes it a crime for public servants not to report bribery they know about
• Prohibits agreements to exchange campaign contributions to elected officials or candidates for
changing their votes or positions on a matter
• Provides for forfeiture of certain pension contributions when an official is convicted of a felony
such as bribery in connection with official duties

From Sen. Huggins newsletter

Friday, May 18, 2007

Waiting for the next shoe to drop...

While your waiting for the next big event in Alaskan Politics to hit the head lines it might be fun to review a post from the past archives ...

June 30, 2006
Follow the Money
An In-depth Look At Ben Stevens' Secret Fish Deals
by Ray Metcalfe, Republican Moderate Party of Alaska

Ben’s Bribes

At Sea Processors Association 2002/2001 = $16,000
At Sea Processors Association 2003/2002 = $38,000
Total = $54,000

Adak Fisheries 2001/2000 = $25,000
Adak Fisheries 2002/2001 = $15,000
Adak Fisheries 2003/2002 = $80,000
Adak Fisheries 2004/2003 = $120,000
Adak Fisheries 2005/2004 = $80,000
Adak Fisheries 2006/2005 = $50,000
Adak Fisheries 2006/2005 = $32,307
T = $402,307

Bering Sea Crab Effort Reduction Fund 2001/2000 = $42,500
T = $42,500

Glacier Fish Company 2003/2002 = $4,200
Glacier Fish Company 2004/2003 = $21,000
Glacier Fish Company 2005/2004 = $21,000
Glacier Fish Company 2006/2005 = $16,800
T = $63,000

Highland Light Fisheries, Inc. 2003/2002 = $4,200
Highland Light Fisheries, Inc. 2004/2003 = $25,200
Highland Light Fisheries, Inc. 2005/2004 = $25,200
T = $54,600

North Pacific Crab Association 2003/2002 = $44,000
North Pacific Crab Association 2004/2003 = $44,000
North Pacific Crab Association 2005/2004 = $42,000
North Pacific Crab Association 2006/2005 = $24,000
T = $154,000

NorQuest Seafoods, Inc. 2001/2000 = $12,500
NorQuest Seafoods, Inc. 2002/2001 = $25,000
T = $37,500

Yardarm Knot, Inc 2006/2005 = $33,600
T = $33,600

Unreported and thus far concealed from APOC: payments from Southeast Seiners Association paid to Ben between November. 03 and August 05.
Estimated T = $100,000


The Booty Ben Delivered

Trident money: Ben’s business partner, Trevor McCabe is Executive Director of At Sea Processors. Trident got $1,358,291 of Ben’s AFMB handouts.

Icicle bought into Adak Fisheries and upped Ben’s salary from $15,000 to $80,000 and then to $120,000. Icicle also signed the now infamous “Secret Option agreement.” Icicle received $1,678,277 in Ben Bucks from AFMB.

The Bering Sea Crab Effort Reduction Fund was the lobbying group formed by persons who received over $9,000,000 Ben Bucks.

Glacier Fish Company is a member of At Sea Processors and one of the first beneficiaries of the Pollock allocations that Ben’s father pushed through Congress.

Highland Light Fisheries is a subsidiary of Yardarm Knot., who received $227,538 in Ben Bucks.

North Pacific Crab Association was formed by Trident, Icicle, and other members of the crabbing industry, who were also privileged to receive a share of over $9,000,000 in Ben Bucks from the Alaska Fish Marketing Board. (AFMB)

NorQuest Seafoods received $862,454 in Ben Bucks from AFMB. NorQuest is owned by Trident who received $1,358,291. Combined they have received $2,220,745 at Ben’s direction.

Yardarm Knot received $227,538

Trying to copy Trident and friends by getting a $50,000,000 for themselves, the Southeast Seiners Association paid Ben about $100,000 to try, and promised him another half a million if he does.

Salmon Allocation Comparison – AFMB Awards

Firm

Allocation for

FY 2004

Allocation for

FY 2005

Total to Date

Ocean Beauty Seafoods

$1.048.908.46

$1,259,625.59

$2,308,534.05

Icicle Seafoods

$774,260.76

$904,016.58

$1,578,277.34

Peter Pan Seafoods

$737,284.09

$829.217.50

$1,566,501.59

Trident Seafoods Corporation

$577,210.61

$781,080.43

$1,358,291.04

Bear & Wolf LLC

$471.761.37

$530,344.02

$1 ,002,105.39

NorOuest Seafoods, Inc.

$496,351.14

$366,103.49

$802.454.63

North Pacific Processors, Inc.

$346.228.51

$359,040.74

$705,269.25

Kanaway Seafoods, Inc. dba Ak General Seafoods

$223,202.94

$344.515.90

$567.718.84

Kodiak Salmon Packers, Inc.

$74,105.66

$135.141.89

$209,247.55

$224 9.11.35

Snopac Products. Inc.

$102,682.58

$122.228.77

Yardarm Knot Fisheries. LLC

$123,963.56

5103.574.75

5227,538.31

Inlet Fish Producers. Inc.

$65,834.84

$8I,585.24

$147,420.08

E.C. Phillips & Son, Inc.

$63,649.95

$77,559.30

$141.209.25

Leader Creek Fisheries, LLC

$54,648.00

$70,693.79

$125,341.79

Great Pacific Seafoods. Inc.

$96,043.75

$63,507_00

$I59,550.75

Seafood Producers Cooperative

$48,024.36

561,514.84

$109,539.20

Western Alaska Fisheries, Inc.

$48,889.51

559,337.11

$108,226.62

$117,124.58

Copper River Fine Seafoods

$65,692.49

$51,432.09

Nautilus Foods

$44.628.00

$44,628.00

$70,931.57

$53,344.75

Snug Harbor Seafoods. Inc.

$34,245.97

$36,685.60

Icy Strait Seafoods, Inc.

$18,674.70

$34.670.05

Baywatch Seafoods. LLC

$24,678.48

$28.249.17

$52,927.65

Coffee Point Seafood's

$25,793.66

$25,793.66

Pacific Star Seafoods /Fishhawk Fisheries of

AK, Inc.

$19.686.84

$23,954.12

$43,640.96

Salamatof Seatoods, Inc.

$25,514.75

$22,448.13

$47.962.88

Alaska Peninsula Fishermans Coop

$13,552.47

$22,142.52

$35.694.99

Island Fish Co, LLC dba Island Seafoods

$21,575.87

$21.575.87

$18.179.59

Sea Level Seafoods

$18.179.59

R&J Seafood

$12,899.00

$13;117.95

$26.0.16.95

Alaska Salmon Purchasers, Inc.

$9,773.00

$9.203.75

$18,976.75

$6,390.19

TKO Fisheries Limited dba Signature

Seafoods, Inc.

$6.390.19

Deep Creek Custom Packing Inc

$10,751 .56

$6.352.33

$17,103.89

Kwikpak Fisheries LLC

$6,410.00

$5,178.86

$11,588.86

Grand Hale Marine Products Co Ltd.-

$4,480.41

$4,017.25

$8,497.66

Boreal Fisheries. Inc.

$2,314.96

$2.314.96

Prime Select Seafoods

$3,279.10

$2,190.94

$5.470.04

Interior Alaska Fish Processors. Inc.

$1,528.00

$1.528.00

Star Shadow Fisheries

$1.528.00

$1.528.00

William Crump

$980.00

$980.00

Maserculiq Fish Processors, Inc.

$891.23

$891.23

Wind and Tide, Inc.

$704.00

$704.00

Tim Berg's Alaskan Fishing Advent,ires

$635.76

$635.76

Coastal Cold Storage, Inc.

$519.00

$519.00

Wild By Nature LLC dba Wild Salmon Maxcy

Fishing Company

$441.00

$441.00

F/V Ilona-B

$381.00

$381.00

Thorne Fisheries

$379.00

$379.00

Tonka Seafoods, Inc.

$338.00

$338.00

Kodiak Smoking & Processing

$275.00

$275.00

F/V Willie Lee II

$273.00

$273.00

FA/ Kaleva

$254.00

$254.00

FlV Sea Comber

$228.00

$228.00

FiV Myriad I Myriad Ent

$190.00

$190.00

FIV Triad i Chris Chris Fisheries

$181.00

$181.00

Horst's Seafood

$170.00

$170.00

Smoky Bay Fisheries

$152.00

$152.00

Alaska Flyin Fish Company

$149.00

$149.00

Arctic Circle Seafood

$76.00

$76.00

Alaska Wild Salmon Co I FA/ Dutch Master

$71.00

$71.00

Seadance Seafoods

$57.00

$57.00

Great Ruby Fish Company

$55.00

$55.00

Pacman Fisheries I Bristol Gold -=-Ternium

Sockeye Salmon

$55.00

$55.00

Gateway Seafood and Smokehouse

$43.00

$43.00

Bell's Seafood

$38.00

$38.00

Lofoten Fish Company

$36.00

$36.00

Pacific Pleasures

$35.00

$35.00

Cross Sound Seafoods

$35.00

$35.00

Wayne R. Beeson

$18.00

$18.00

A&J Fisheries

$11.00

$11.00

Totals

$5,658,043.85

$6,482,983.99

$12,141,027.84

Salmon Allocation Comparison – AFMB Awards

Ben’s Bribes In A Nutshell

Of the $12,141,027 that was as allocated to Ben’s friends that fish for Salmon, let me show you where three fourths of it went and what Ben got for it. To see for yourself, go to http://www.alaskafisheriesboard.org/, and click on “Allocations.”

See the names highlighted in blue: Ocean Beauty, Icicle, Peter Pan, Trident, NorQuest, North Pacific Processors, Western Alaska, Snopac, and Yardarm Knot. Collectively they received $9,040,000. These companies are also in the crabbing industry. Together, they make up the funding foundation for the 9-member North Pacific Crab Association. While Ben paid them $9,040,000 through the Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board to market salmon, and they paid Ben $154,000 through the North Pacific Crab Association.

The Bering Sea Crab effort reduction fund that paid Ben $42,500, in 2000, (See his APOC report.) is for the most part, the same group now known as the North Pacific Crab Association, highlighted in blue in the left column.

At Sea Processors is a lobbying organization funded by major factory trawler owner-processors including Trident Seafoods. At Sea paid Ben’s Business partner, Trevor McCabe, to be its executive director until he resigned in late-2003. Trevor is also helping dish out the money to Ben’s friends as the vice chair of Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board. At Sea has paid Ben Stevens a total of $54,000. We have no knowledge of how much they paid Trevor McCabe as a manager. Glacier Fish Company, a member of At Sea also paid Ben Stevens an additional $63,000.

Through AFMB, Ben also awarded the “Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers” another $3,000,000, through the “AFMB Grants Program” (Go to website and click on “allocations” then “appropriations”) The “Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers” another group formed and dominated by the same above named companies. When added to the $9,040,000 for “salmon allocations” to friends of AFMB Chairman Ben Stevens and Vice Chair Trevor McCabe, the additional $3,000,000 brings the total to $12,040,000 we can count. Who knows what else we would find if the Attorney General and the Alaska Public Offices weren’t sandbagging this investigation.

In addition, it was Icicle Seafoods who in December of 2001, bought 50% of Adak Fisheries LLC and provided the necessary injection of capital Adak Fisheries LLC required to bring its overdue lease payments to the Aleut Enterprise Corp current. Six months later, it was Icicle Seafoods who also signed the now infamous “secret contract” granting Ben Stevens his second “secret option” to purchase a 25% interest in Adak Fisheries LLC, for a nominal Fee. (See Exhibit G & H) Note that his first secret option agreement was granted in 2000. (See Exhibit I).

Icicle Seafoods simultaneously provided the capital that enabled Adak Fisheries to increase Ben Stevens’ “consulting fees” from $15,000 per year to $80,000 the next year, $120,000 the year after that, and $80,000 the following year. (See Exhibit G, H, and Ben Stevens Disclosure).

Effectively, at the same time that Icicle Seafoods was shoving $280,000 into Ben Stevens pocket through Adak Fisheries consulting income, Ben was shoving $1,678,000 into Icicle Seafoods other pocket, through the Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board salmon marketing grants program.

There are terms for such acts: money laundering, and bribery. Both are felonies – under state and federal law.

In addition to the above, NorQuest, (owned by Trident since April 2004), paid Ben $37,500. (See Ben’s 2001 & 2002 Disclosure.) Ben rewarded NorQuest handily (or maybe Trident,) with $862,454 from the Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board. (See the $862,454 highlighted in yellow)

Ben began paying Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board money to Yardarm Knot in 2004 and Yardarm Knot (and related company Highland Light) began handing Ben consulting fees for the first time in 2005. Ben paid Yardarm $227,538 in AFMB funds and Yardarm has paid Ben $33,600. An additional $54,000 was paid to Ben through Highland Light Fisheries, which is a subsidiary of Yardarm Knot Inc. (See Yardarm Knot’s $227,538 grant highlighted in yellow)

Ben’s unreported income from the Southeast Seiners Association (SEAS): The Southeast Seiners are fast learners. When they saw how things were shaping up for the founders of the Bering Sea Crab Effort Reduction Fund followed by the North Pacific Crab Association, the Southeast Seiners agreed to begin paying pay Ben $5,000 per month and promised him a 1% commission on what he could get (paying on commission is a violation of federal lobbying law.)

Southeast Seiners payments to Ben began in 2003, and continued through most of 2005. We can only guess the amount because Ben has never reported this income to The Alaska Public Office Commission, (APOC), and we do not know the exact number of months that Ben was paid. We estimate payments to Ben to be in excess of $100,000.

When $50,000,000 appeared in a draft of the federal budget that had been passed out of US Senate Appropriations committee, the Southeast Seiners met to discuss how they were going to pay Ben the $500,000 commission they expected to owe him for this vessel buyback guarantee fund (a federal Fleet Capacity Reduction Program). Southeast Seiners’ management obviously had some concerns about the appearance, ethics, and legality of what they were doing at there November 13, 2004 meeting; they were openly discussing how to keep their payments to Ben “Off the Books.” Their concerns are obviously shared by Ben Stevens as, to this day, has concealed these reportable payments from the Seiners’ association from the eyes of the Alaska Political Office Commission. (Three corroborating Southeast Seiner member affidavits are available on request. Call Ray Metcalfe at 344-3414.)

Who are they?

Alyeska Seafoods Inc., Seattle [Wards Cove/Marubeni/Maruha]

Icicle Seafoods Inc., Seattle [owned by SE AK investors]

NorQuest Seafoods, Seattle [Trident owned as of 2005]

Peter Pan Seafoods Inc., Seattle [Nichiro of Japan 100%]

Royal Aleutian Seafoods Inc., Seattle [recently bought by UniSea, owned by NISSUI]

Snopac Products Inc., Seattle [Korean investment]

Trident Seafoods Corp., Seattle [owned by US partners, Chuck Bundrant, Kaare Ness, etc.]

UniSea Inc., Redmond [owned by NISSUI - Nippon Suisan of Japan 100%]

Westward Seafoods Inc., Seattle [owned by Maruha 100%, formerly known as Taiyo

Yardarm Knot Fisheries LLC, Seattle [an Alan Chaffee company, also owners of Highland Light trawler]

FIRM

FY 2004

FY 2005

TOTAL:

Ocean Beauty Seafoods

$1,048,908.46

$1,259,625.59

$2,308,534.05

Icicle Seafoods

$774,260.76

$904,016.58

$1,678,277.34

Peter Pan Seafoods

$737,284.09

$829,217.50

$1,566,501.59

Trident Seafoods Corporation

$577,210.61

$781,080.43

$1,358,291.04

NorQuest Seafoods, Inc.

$496,351.14

$366,103.49

$862,454.63

North Pacific Processors, Inc.

$346,228.51

$359,040.74

$705,269.25

Snopac Products, Inc.

$102,682.58

$122,228.77

$224,911.35

Yardarm Knot Fisheries, LLC

$123,963.56

$103,574.75

$227,538.31

Western Alaska Fisheries, Inc.

$48,889.51

$59,337.11

$108,226.62

TOTALS:

$4,255,779.22

$4,784,224.96

$9,040,004.18

Most of the above named crab processors headquartered in Washington State or Japan.

Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP), which shows up in a different category of Fish Marketing Board handouts, also got $1,000,000 for FY 2003, $1,000,000 for FY 2004 and $1,000,000 for FY 2005, for a total of $3,000,000. It was given to them from that portion of the $29 Million the Alaska Fish Marketing Board (AFMB) sat aside specifically for “Grants.” GAPP includes all the above companies except Snopac; and also includes Alaska Ocean, Alyeska Seafoods, American Seafoods, Starbound, and Highland Light (an entity owned by Yardarm Knot).

In total, Ben gave $12,040,004 to the people who paid him $923.507. This does not account for the over $700,000 he raked off the top of the funds he raised for the Special Olympics, which, to the best of our knowledge, came mostly from the above named recipients of his gifts. However, unfortunately, we do not know because we do not have the power of subpoena and the Attorney General refuses to investigate. The Attorney General has told us “all you have is hearsay” and has refused to return calls to witnesses we have provided and witnesses who have called him, who claim to have knowledge of money laundering, kickbacks and Bribery.

Copies of three affidavits, affirming that Ben continues to conceal income from APOC, income that he received from Southeast Seiners Association between November 03, and August 05, are either attached, or available on request.

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