AP is reporting that Sen. Ted Stevens may have broken the law by not declaring a gift from a longtime aide. Earlier this week, the FBI and IRS raided Stevens’ Alaska home as part of an investigation into the Republican senator’s relationship with a local contractor who admitted to bribing Alaskan lawmakers.
Investigators, including FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents, raided Stevens’ home Monday. They photographed and videotaped its contents and left with a garbage bag full of unidentified items.
U.S. law prohibits a federal employee from giving a gift to a superior. The law also would bar Stevens from accepting a gift from an employee receiving less pay.
Lawmakers are prohibited from accepting anything of value from someone whose interests may be substantially affected by the performance of the lawmaker’s official duties. In this case, [Barbara] Flanders’ job and her duties [as a financial clerk at the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee] could be affected by Stevens’ official actions.