Don Young’s Legal Fees. Follow the Money.
Don Young’s second ethics investigation rolls along. The FBI investigated Alaska’s lone congressman, but in 2010 it said it didn’t have enough evidence to convict him and turned the whole thing over to the House Ethics Committee. They looked it all over, and decided to launch their own investigation in March of this year.
He allegedly improperly accepted gifts, used campaign funds for personal use, and lied to federal officials. Say it ain’t so.
So that means a whole host of new legal bills. Just this spring, Young forked over $60k from his legal defense fund to the DC law firm Akin Gump. Which is appropriate, since Don Young more often than not follows that “box of chocolates” analogy. You never know what you’re going to get.
So where does all this money come from in these days of woe and want, when dollars are tight, and regular folks are often too strapped to make political donations?
If you answered, “an oilfield services company in Louisiana that’s involved in Shell’s offshore drilling in the Arctic,” you would be correct. Edison Chouest has been kind enough to cover the Dastardly Don’s most recent tab. $60,000 was the amount Young received from Gary Chouest, after a nifty little family fundraiser the Louisiana mogul held for our congressman in Texas.
Young started the legal defense fund in 2008 after spending more than $1 million of his campaign contributions on lawyers to defend him from a corruption investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI’s investigation covered Young’s connections to the disgraced oil-field service contractor Bill Allen and his Veco Corp. It also dealt with the revelation that Young or someone from his office had changed the 2005 transportation legislation after it passed Congress to fund start-up work on a Florida interchange sought by a Young campaign contributor.
Nobody seems to be talking – not Young, not his spokesman, not the head of his legal defense fund.
But Young recently told reporters in Juneau, Alaska, that he was cooperating with the investigation and confident in the outcome. “I’ve been under a cloud all my life,” Young said then. “It’s sort of like living in Juneau. It rains on you all the time. You don’t even notice it.”
Check out the full story from Sean Cockerham HERE. And we’ll just sit tight and see how hard it rains before he notices.