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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:21 PM
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Murkowski (R-AK) Land Deal with Stevens Biz Associate Raises Questions
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Murkowski Land Deal with Stevens Biz Associate Raises Questions
By Laura McGann - July 16, 2007, 1:31 PM

Late last year, Alaskan real estate developer Bob Penney testified before a grand jury about his cozy relationship with Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK). But it looks like Penney also has financial ties with Alaskas other senator: Lisa Murkowski (R). At around the same time, she quietly bought a prime piece of property along the bank of the Kenai River from Penney.

Because of Alaskas weak records requirements, its unclear whether Murkowski got a special deal from Penney. The market value of the 1.27 acre plot is worth around $300,000, according to Kenai real estate agents and locals. Both Penney and Murkowski's office refused to reveal what Murkowski paid.

The arrangement alarms some watchdogs who see ethical and even legal issues stemming from the deal. Ryan Alexander, the director of Taxpayers for Common Sense, said that Penney's history makes it look like he deliberately does business with Alaska politicians with an eye for future gain.

"It raises more than question, it raises concern," said Alexander. "It puts into that web of folks that has raised eyebrows."

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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:22 PM
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1. You're really on this stuff, aren't you, Sister?
You want to be an honorary Alaskan? We'd be happy to have you. :)
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:25 PM
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2. I keep seeing these stories about you crazy Alaskans, I can't resist!
:D
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:36 PM
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3. Politics up here is a laugh a minute. :-)
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