Sources say the FBI recorded phone calls between VECO CEO Bil Allen and Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) as part of the ongoing bribery investigation which has implicated several Alaskan lawmakers. Allen provided consent for the taping as part of his cooperation with investigators. Conversations were also taped between Allen and former Alaska House Speaker Peter Kott and between Allen and another VECO executive.
Kott is recorded thanking Allen for enclosing extra money along with a legitimate payment apparently to help Kott's son through a financial problem. Audio of the call is here.
Alaskans who want to respond to this mushrooming corruption ordeal with a push to clean up state politics and implement a Clean Elections public financing program are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative now. You can show your support for Clean Elections in Alaska here.