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May. 3 2009 - 10:36 pm | 67 views | 2 recommendations | 4 comments

Tendrils of Ted Stevens’s Scandal Extend to Kentucky Derby

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In the world of Alaskan scandal and politics, most of the corrupt politicians indicted or in jail have ties back to one man: Bill Allen, the key witness in the government’s case against Ted Stevens and the former CEO of VECO, an oil pipeline company in Alaska.

And while Allen is still awaiting sentencing for bribing a group of Alaskan state senators, the rest of the Allen clan seems to be doing just fine: on Saturday, a racehorse owned by Allen’s son won the Kentucky Derby on 50-1 odds.

But Mark was getting lucky far before the Derby. Bill Allen arranged for immunity for his son, who had also paid off a state legislator,  in exchange for the elder Allen’s full cooperation with the government’s cases against the state legislators and Ted Stevens.

The Allens’ connection to the Kentucky Derby seems like a strange bit of happenstance, but it gets weirder.

The racetrack also played a direct role in Stevens’ trial, when  a juror disappeared during deliberations and lied to the judge in order to attend a horse race in California.  One of the horses in that race?  You guessed it — Mark Allen’s Mine That Bird, who raced that day coming in 12th in a field of 13.

This weekend’s derby brought Mark Allen a $2 million dollar purse. With Bill Allen’s sentencing nowhere in sight it looks like father and son will have plenty of time — and money — to fly between Alaska and his family’s horse ranch in New Mexico.


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    Johnsnottoodistracted

    Yep.Right on the money.The money.The $$The taxpayer $$.The stolen funds. The diverted / hidden cash.
    Yep.See what it will get you?
    Really no wonder why these high-bred thingys need the extra loot. They deserve it don’t-cha know.
    And they spen sooooo wizely

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    me

    they are worth 300 Million, have a private jet, and kept cocaine snorting teenage girls as prostitutes. They used the Steven’s Girdwood chalet as a whore house

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    Let’s not go totally overboard– but yes, the Allens are living the life pretty free of their flouting of federal law.

    I’m starting to think there’s some deep horse conspiracy here. Normally, I’d say that was crazy, but after covering Alaksa, I know anything is possible.

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    Are you saying that Bill Allen was responsible for the muddy track at Churchill Downs, and that he paid off the leading horses to stay off the rail so Mine That Bird could pass them on the inside? Did the Allens bet on their horse, or did they just win the purse?

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    While working at Talking Points Memo Muckraker during the 2008 Election, I covered the Justice Department politicization, voting rights law and the insanity of Alaska politics. I loved the beat which was somewhere between the wonky side of politics and the law. The realization was enough to send me off to law school in D.C. -- which seems to be a perfect combination of both.

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