Who's That Knocking on My Door?


Some people doubt the ethical nature of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' transactions. Those people now include the feds.

Federal law enforcement agents raided U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' Alaska home in Girdwood on Monday, hauling off undisclosed items from inside and taking extensive pictures and video. Officials wouldn't say what they were looking for or what they found.

"All I can say is that agents from the FBI and IRS are currently conducting a search at that residence," Dave Heller, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Anchorage office, said Monday.

Stevens has told reporters he's cooperating with an investigation into Veco Corp., an energy company that larded up state lawmakers with at least $400,000 of bribes. Ramesh Ponnuru has a point that "busting pork" doesn't much alter the tide of federal spending, but is anyone surprised when Congress's more energetic pork addicts—Stevens, John Murtha—move on to outright graft?

Sen. Tom Coburn's battle with Stevens recounted here.