VECO Contributions


VECO has spent the last decade or so providing the slick for Alaska politics and it’s come come back to bite them in the behind. With yesterday’s indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens, the Alaska corruption investigation has brought convictions and indictments against two VECO executives, four Alaska state politicians, and the senior senator. VECO clearly had pull in Alaska and in Washington.

Yesterday, I used Ted Stevens’ Lawmaker Profile to show the campaign contributions that VECO provided. Today, the spotlight is on all the VECO contributions used to grease their way in Washington. Below is a chart of active politicians in Washington and campaign contribution totals to their campaign committees and political action committees:

VECO contributions to active Washington politicians (1992-Present).
Don Young (R-AK) $190,530
Ted Stevens (R-AK) $102,500
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) $42,250
George W. Bush (R) $20,050
Daniel Inouye (D-HI) $13,000
Norm Coleman (R-MN) $7,000
Richard Burr (R-NC) $6,000
Tom Coburn (R-OK) $6,000
Jim DeMint (R-SC) $6,000
John Sununu (R-NH) $6,000
John Thune (R-SD) $6,000
David Vitter (R-LA) $6,000
Kit Bond (R-MO) $4,516
Arlen Specter (R-PA) $4,000
George Voinovich (R-OH) $3,750
John Ensign (R-NV) $2,000
Steve Pearce (R-NM) $1,000
Jon Porter (R-NV) $1,000
Dennis Rehberg (R-MT) $1,000
Barbara Cubin (R-WY) $500
Larry Craig (R-ID) $200

These totals were produced by using the search function to identify all contributions from VECO Corp. and its many name variations. These variations include VECO Co., VECO Inc., VECO International, VECO Pacific, VECO Engineering, VECO Construction, and VECO, among others.

The Center for Responsive Politics lists Don Young as receiving $229,670 from VECO. So there must be other contributions out there that filtered out of my search. Let me know if you can find them.