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Homophobe Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) Indicted For Corruption

Squeeee! Sen. Ted "The Internet Is A Series Of Tubes" Stevens (R-AK), the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, has been charged with seven felony counts of corruption.
A federal grand jury in Washington has handed up the indictment against Stevens -- which the Justice Department is set to announce very shortly. Stevens, 84, faces seven counts of false statements involving VECO, the oil services company in Alaska, and the renovations done on his home.

All seven false statement counts relate to the statements he made on financial disclosure forms from 1999 to the 2006 form. The indictment says Stevens "knowingly and intentionally sought to conceal and cover up his receipt of things of value by filing Financial Disclosure Forms that contained false statements and omissions."

The press release says Stevens received $250,000 in things of value during "the eight year scheme." The gifts included new and used furniture, a new stationary tool storage cabinet with new tools, and a new professional Viking gas grill. Stevens used these things at his home in Girdwood, Alaska. The former CEO of VECO, Bill Allen, cooperated in the case against Stevens.
Stevens has a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign and has always voted the party line to thwart the advance of LGBT rights.
During his six term career in the Senate, Stevens has been no friend to the GLBT community; he received a 0% on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard in the last Congress, voted for the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006 and even opposed the Matthew Shepard Act in 2007.
Trivia: noted LGBT blogger John Aravosis (AmericaBLOG) once worked as a staffer for Stevens. Aravosis says that he resigned once he accepted his homosexuality.

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