Oil Co. Planned Stevens' Home Renovation

Embattled Senator would have known who footed bill: report
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2008 3:51 PM CDT
Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, walks to a waiting car as he leaves federal court in Washington where he pleaded not guilty on charges that he lied about hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The plan to renovate Sen. Ted Stevens’ Alaska home was formed by oil-company employees, participants tell the Anchorage Daily News. The renovation, central to allegations of corruptions against the indicted Republican, was supervised by a Veco employee and paid for by the company, investigators say. Stevens’ home gained a new first floor that made it one story taller.

"This is what I'm thinking—I want to expand Ted's house," Veco’s ex-CEO is said to have told another employee. "How can we do this?" Veco then proceeded to pay for contractors, construction crews, and landscaping, and even had a company-owned crane brought in to haul an electric generator onto Stevens’ property.