Points By Drew Pritt


Frm. Congressman Jay Dickey tied to embattled Congressman.
June 19, 2008, 2:41 pm
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Since his defeat for the U.S. House of Representatives in an ill-concieved comeback attempt in 2002, not much has been heard of former Congressman Jay Dickey. That is until recently. The Hill newspaper has uncovered an Intern Memo for embattled Congressman Don Young of Alaska. Young, a Republican who has held Alaska’s lone House seat since a special election in 1973, is under increasing investigation by the F.B.I. for a host of charges relating to financial felonious behavior.

On July 24, 2007, the Wall Street Journal reported that Young was under federal investigation for possibly taking bribes, illegal gratuities or unreported gifts from VECO Corporation, an Anchorage-based company.  The Wall Street Journal went onto say a Veco executive held fundraisers called “the Pig Roast” for Young every August for ten years. Between 1996 and 2006, Young received $157,000 from Veco employees and its political action committee. In the first half of 2007, Young spent more than $250,000 of campaign contributions for legal fees. Published reports have linked Young to the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal. In September 2002 Young and fellow Republican Steve LaTourette of Ohio wrote to the General Services Administration urging the agency to give preferential treatment to groups such as Indian tribes when evaluating development proposals.In particular, the letter referred to a historic building, the Old Post Office Pavilion in downtown Washington, D.C.

Now an intern memo for Young’s office shows Dickey was meeting so often with Young that he had unlimited access. (Click on the highlighted link above to see the memo.)

The guidelines designate several lobbyists, including Dickey, as members of the “A Team.” Interns who answered the phone were instructed to let these lobbyists speak to any staff member requested. “These people can talk to whomever they want, normally Mike or Sara,” stated the memo in reference to Chief of Staff Mike Anderson and former executive assistant Sara Parsons.

Interestingly enough, this supposed “Moral Majority Republican” encourages drinking in excess by the staff as it dismisses hangover. Also, curiously it states this example: “If you’re being chased by armed police man, don’t try to escape into a metro station.”

Does Congressman Young and his staff already anticipate an OJ-like escape from the F.B.I.?????

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