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Ben Stevens (born 1959) is an American politician and former President of the Alaska State Senate. He is a Republican and the son of United States Senator Ted Stevens. The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... The Alaska State Senate is the upper house in the Alaska State Legislature of the U.S. state of Alaska. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... Theodore Fulton Ted Stevens (born November 18, 1923) is the senior United States Senator from Alaska. ...

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Career

Stevens graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Economics, and from George Washington University with an M.B.A.. After college, he was a commercial fisherman and owner of a consulting firm. Stevens was president of the May 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games, held in Anchorage.[1] Arizona State University (ASU) is a public research institution of higher education and research with campuses located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. ... A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B.) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ...   The George Washington University (GWU), or informally, G.W., is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian university located in Washington, D.C.. Founded in 1821 as the Columbian College, the university has since developed into a leading educational and research institution. ... Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a tertiary degree in business management. ... A fisherman in central Chile A Long Island fisherman cleans his nets A fisherman (in recent years sometimes called a fisher to be non-gender specific), is a person who engages in the activity of fishing. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Screenshot from Winter Games (C64): the Hot Dog event. ... Nickname: Motto: Live a Big Wild Life Location in the state of Alaska Coordinates: Borough Municipality of Anchorage Government  - Mayor Mark Begich (D) Area  - City 5,079. ...


In August 2001, Stevens was appointed by Democratic Governor Tony Knowles to the Alaska State Senate, after being nominated by the Republican Party of Alaska.[1] He was the Majority Leader for the 2003-2004 term, and the President for the 2005-2006 term.[2] He did not seek re-election in November 2006. This is a list of the governors of the U.S. state of Alaska, of Alaska Territory and of the District of Alaska, and the military commanders of the District of Alaska. ... Official campaign photo of Tony Knowles Anthony Carroll Tony Knowles (born January 1, 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American Democratic politician and businessman who served as Governor of Alaska from December 1994 to December 2002. ...


Stevens lives in Anchorage, Alaska with his wife, Elizabeth and their four children. He has continued to be a business consultant. Nickname: Motto: Live a Big Wild Life Location in the state of Alaska Coordinates: Borough Municipality of Anchorage Government  - Mayor Mark Begich (D) Area  - City 5,079. ...


Alaska fishing rights

Stevens was president of Adak Fisheries from 2002 until early September 2005, and his consulting company, Ben Stevens & Associates, received $280,000 from Adak between 2002 and 2004, according to Stevens' financial disclosure forms. In addition, three companies related to Adak Fisheries paid the consulting firm $77,500 between 2000 and 2001.


In the fall of 2003, Stevens' father, U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, authored a rider that gave special pollock fishing rights area to Aleut Enterprise Corp, a regional Native corporation. The rights were estimated to be worth millions of dollars a year.


From June 2001 to July 2004, Ben Stevens was also a director of Aleut. In October 2003, Stevens and other directors voted to transfer the pollock rights provided by the Senate rider to Adak, in exchange for a doubling of Adak's monthly rent (to $18,000) and a commitment by Adak to make additional investments in its processing plant. Stevens was instrumental in keeping unchanged another part of the agreement originally signed in December 2001 - that Aleut would get 30% of the profits of Adak, beginning in 2004, rather than 50% as proposed by the president of Aleut.


Beginning in July 2002, Stevens held a secret option, expiring in December 2004, to buy a 25% ownership in Adak for an immediate payment of $50,000 and another $450,000 paid over time. In mid-2004, 50% of Adak was sold for $4.3 million to a Seattle company. In November 2004, Stevens attempted to exercise the option, but because of changes in ownership of Adak, the complexity of the agreement between Aleut and Adak, and subsequent litigation, his $50,000 check was never cashed and Stevens did not get any ownership rights.[3]


FBI investigations

Oil and gas industry payments

Steven's Senate office was among those raided in August 2006 in the course of an FBI investigation of ties between state legislators and the oil and gas industry in Alaska.[4]


In May 2007, VECO Corporation CEO Bill Allen pleaded guilty to Federal charges in the ongoing investigation. Stevens is believed to be the "Senator B" listed in the federal charging documents; according to those documents, Senator B was provided with over $240,000 for "consulting" services which were thinly disguised payments for influence. Under the terms of the guilty plea, Allen went or record as agreeing that such payments to Senator B were made for illegal purposes.[5] VECO Corporation is an Alaska-based oil pipeline service and construction company. ...


Payments from fishing companies

Stevens is also under investigation for his role with the Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board, a nonprofit federal-grant distribution corporation set up by his father, the U.S. Senator. Stevens was the board's initial chairman when the board was created in 2003, and remained chairman until he resigned in April 2006. On his financial disclosures forms between 2001 and 2006, he reported receiving $775,435 from nine fishing companies and associations, for his work as a business consultant. [4]


In addition to the reported amounts, Stevens also had income from Advance North LLC, an Anchorage company owned 50-50 by Stevens and Trevor McCabe. McCabe, an Anchorage lawyer, a former congressional aide to Stevens' father, and a registered congressional lobbyist, was also a member of the fisheries board since its 2003 inception. He became its chairman in April 2006 after Stevens resigned.


McCabe took over Stevens' half of Advance North in October 2005. In 2006, Stevens was fined $300 by the Alaska Public Offices Commission for failing to disclose his membership on the commission for two years. Stevens told the public offices commission he wasn't required to, and was not going to disclose the amount of money he received from the clients of the company, including fishermen groups, because he didn't have a controlling interest in the company.[6]


References

  1. ^ a b Bill McAllister. "Ben Stevens: Freshman legislator with a difference", Juneau Empire, January 13, 2002. Retrieved on 2006-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Senator Ben Stevens Named New Senate President", press release, November 5, 2004
  3. ^ Richard Mauer, "Ben Stevens' secret fish deal: State senator helped steer Adak pollock to a company he had financial stake in", Anchorage Daily News, September 18, 2005
  4. ^ a b Richard Mauer, "Subpoena may signal a wider corruption", Anchorage Daily News, December 10, 2006
  5. ^ D'Oro, Rachel. (2007-05-07). "Oil service execs plead guilty to bribing Alaska lawmakers." Associated Press. Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2007-05-07.
  6. ^ Richard Mauer, "Subpoena may signal a wider corruption", Anchorage Daily News, December 10, 2006

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External links

http://www.adn.com/news/politics/fbi/story/8863305p-8763968c.html


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Ben Stevens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (182 words)
Ben Stevens (born 1959) is an American politician who is President of the Alaska State Senate.
Stevens graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Economics, and from George Washington University with an M.B.A. Owner of a consulting firm and a former commercial fisherman, Stevens was president of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Anchorage.
Stevens was appointed to the State Senate in 2001 by Democratic Governor Tony Knowles and chosen as its President in 2005.
Alaska Journal of Commerce: Ben Stevens tapped for Senate 07/23/01 (302 words)
JUNEAU -- Ben Stevens, the son of Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, is Gov. Tony Knowles' pick to replace Drue Pearce in the state Senate.
Stevens, 42, said he supports a constitutional amendment that would grant a subsistence preference for rural hunters and fishermen, thus removing a conflict between state and federal law.
His father, Ted Stevens, is the ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and chaired the committee until control of the Senate shifted to the Democratic Party this year.
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