I will be watching this story very closely, as it could be a defining moment for the Palin administration - especially considering that the governor is aggressively pushing ethics reform:
One sitting state representative and two former legislators were arrested and indicted Friday. Rep. Vic Kohring (R-Wasilla), former Representative Bruce Weyrauch (R-Juneau), and former House Speaker Pete Kott (R-Eagle River) racked up 11 charges between the three of them, including bribery and extortion. They supposedly agreed to use their positions in the legislature to advance the interests of the oil pipeline service company VECO, trading their votes on important tax legislation for cash and other rewards from the company.
The charges have been expected since last August, when the FBI raided the offices of six state legislators. An unnamed former senator is named in the indictment, and suspicion is swirling around VECO CEO William Allen and the company's chief lobbyist Rick Smith, so more arrests are possible.
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