Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: HUGE Breaking Corruption Story - Dan Coffey "doling" out money for votes

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

HUGE Breaking Corruption Story - Dan Coffey "doling" out money for votes

***********UPDATE************
I love Aaron and JR as they just sent me the transcript and the recording!

HERE IS THE TRANSCRIPT AND THE TAPE on the KUDO website.

Aaron Selbig, host of the "The Aaron Selbig" radio talk show (3:00 to 6:00 pm)on KUDO 1080 broke the story. He was given a tape and a professionally-prepared transcript of a damning conversation between Anchorage Assemblyman Dan Coffey (Midtown) and Assemblyman Bill Starr (Eagle River) discussing "doling" out contributions in exchange for votes.

This tape was obtained as the result of an accidental voice mail message left on the machine of a third party. That third party consulted high-level legal sources, had the transcript professionally prepared, turned in copies first to APOC and the FBI then gave copies to Aaron this morning.

The most damaging part of the tape:

Coffey: "I'm--I'm doling it out at 250 a crack."

Starr: "That's good. It gives the message that we care."

Coffey: "Yeah, well, I'm going to be able to, hey, you didn't vote right last week, you don't get...

Starr: "Just what I want..."

Coffey: "...your second 250."

Starr: "Just what I want to hear."

Coffey: "Oh, god."

Starr: "You go my way or the freeway, you know..."

Coffey also named fellow Midtown representative Dick Traini as receiving the money. Interestingly enough, Mr. Traini is a co-sponsor with Allan Tesche on a resolution to support The Clean Elections Act.

That resolution will be discussed at tonight's Assembly Meeting. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm but public testimony will be later in the evening.

I ended up not going to the meeting, but I'm watching it on Channel 10. It was an interesting moment when Aaron was standing in front of Chairman Coffey to find out when they were going to hear his testimony.

Of course, they told him they would put him at the end. I promise you they'll never get to him and will push it off until next meeting.

2 Comments:

Blogger Independent Alaskan said...

LOL, we posted about this almost at the same time and using one of the same pictures ;)

2/26/2008 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It think the most dangerous thing is Starr's comment about the mud flats. Why would anyone want to wish the dangerous mud flats on any human?

2/27/2008 9:28 AM  

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