Alaska: DSCC TV Ad — Stevens Is Out to Enrich Himself

Posted September 16, 2008 at 6:34pm

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has launched its first advertisement in Alaska targeting Sen. Ted Stevens (R), who will stand trial in Washington, D.C., later this month for allegedly providing false information on his financial disclosure forms.

The DSCC spot “More” targets Stevens’ connections to his son, former Alaska state Senate President Ben Stevens, who has also been the target of an FBI investigation but has never been charged.

“It’s more than just the FBI raid on Ted Stevens’ house and his indictment,” a voiceover says. “Now we know that Stevens used his power to send more than $100 million to various groups around the state. These groups all hired Ted Stevens’ lobbyist son, Ben. Ted got them the taxpayers’ money — they in turn paid Ben. Stevens once used his power for Alaska. Now he uses his power for himself. Ted Stevens. It’s not about Alaska any more.”

Stevens faces Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, a top Democratic recruit. Begich on Tuesday announced he was giving a $10,000 campaign contribution he received from embattled House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) to charity.