Fish lobbyists helped bilk taxpayers to serve Alaska cronies

A reprint from http://AlaskaReport.com/taufen30022.htm in late March of 2007, this article was third in a series by Victor Smith and Stephen Taufen, exposing fishing corruption/  This piece explains the role of Ben Stevens (son of then US Senator Ted Stevens) and former-fisheries aide to Ted, Trevor McCabe (Ben’s business partner)  in requesting a $50 million vessel buyback program for Alaska seiners.  Trevor and Ben’s take was to be a cool $500,000, and the legislative trail was hot… but when exposed, the changes reveal the obvious attempt at a cover-up — and Watergate fans know the cover-up is often worse than the crime.  The buyback was to be administered by clients of the lobbyists and friends of Ben (who was president of the state senate), in a building near Alaska’s capitol building in Juneau.  The program was funded for about half that amount… and the financial flows through the Alaska Fishermen’s Building (sic) gave rent payoffs to friends of the buddies…

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Southeast Alaska Fish Rights Robbed – Victor Smith (Part 2 – 2007)

Groundswell presents two of Victor Smith’s articles from AlaskaReport.com in 2007 on how Senator Ted Stevens’ son, Ben Stevens, and his associates were affecting major legislation concerning the SE Alaska seine fleet buyback (originally brought to Congress as a program for all seiners in Alaska — before a bait-and-switch con was played), and about SB113 which would have aided federal rationalization (Catch Share public larcenies!) by changing Alaska law.  A lot of regular fishermen and coastal community residents went to work to defeat that bill, sponsored by Ben Stevens while state senate president.  The two-part series that follows also covers the role of the FBI investigations as federal funds were kicked back to fish processors and organizations who paid consulting fees to Ben.  It’s quite the set of stories….  here’s part 2:

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Southeast Alaska Fish Rights Robbed – Victor Smith 2007

Groundswell presents two of Victor Smith’s articles from AlaskaReport.com in 2007 on how Senator Ted Stevens’ son, Ben Stevens, and his associates were affecting major legislation concerning the SE Alaska seine fleet buyback (originally brought to Congress as a program for all seiners in Alaska — before a bait-and-switch con was played), and about SB113 which would have aided federal rationalization (Catch Share public larcenies!) by changing Alaska law.  A lot of regular fishermen and coastal community residents went to work to defeat that bill, sponsored by Ben Stevens while state senate president.  The two-part series that follows also covers the role of the FBI investigations as federal funds were kicked back to fish processors and organizations who paid consulting fees to Ben.  It’s quite the set of stories….

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ADF&G’s Campbell: The Betrayer — by Victor Smith (2006)


“We all know individuals who make their lives the exact realization of what they are afraid of.”

Groundswell would ask [former] ADF&G Commissioner McKie Campbell to carefully reflect on those words of Waldo Frank’s book, The Re-Discovery of America. Read on, as we bring you another public voice speaking truth to power, a March 16th, 2006 piece from AlaskaReport.com by Victor Smith.

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