July 7, 2008
Benson: Young shows that campaign finance reform is needed
"Contrary to Representative Young's belief, this is the business of Alaska's people and we Alaskan's do have a right to know where the money comes from..."
Diane Benson put out a press release Friday ripping Congressman Don Young for not explaining his problems with the FBI and the people of Alaska.
Young, under multiple criminal investigations for bribery and extortion, has spent more than $35,000 between October 2007 and April on lawyers for his campaign manager Steven Dougherty.
From a Diane Benson press release:
"Ethics and campaign finance reform are clearly necessary in campaigns and congress," said Diane Benson today in response to the breaking news that Congressman Don Young is dipping into campaign funds to provide legal aid to his campaign manager. "It's embarrassing for Alaskans. Today represents yet another disappointing chapter in Don Young's long history of scandals. I find it ironic that Young, who allegedly took bribes from one group of lobbyists, is apparently using campaign contributions from his varied sources, including lobbyists, to pay for his legal fees."
"Contrary to Representative Young's belief, this is the business of Alaska's people and we Alaskan's do have a right to know where the money comes from and how it is spent. I continue to call on Congressman Young to be open and honest with the people of Alaska. We may not be on you're A-List but we are your constituents," said Benson.
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