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AK: All in the Family

In Alaska, where lame duck Governor Frank Murkowski recently lost his primary challenge (possibly in part because he appointed his daughter to the U.S. Senate seat he vacated), another father-child pair is experiencing trouble. U.S. Senator Ted Stevens has been under fire in recent days for attempting to block common sense legislation to let the public track government spending. Now Stevens' son state Senate President Ben Stevens is apparently under investigation by the FBI, along with a number of other state lawmakers. While details of the investigation are unclear, the thrust appears to be over the influence of oil companies in the legislature. VECO, an oil services company at the heart of the scrutiny, is a major contributor to the father-son team and has paid Ben Stevens hundreds of thousands of dollars in contractor fees over the past six years.