Allen pleaded guilty to paying Stevens “consulting fees” in exchange for votes — and made it clear that he’s a briber with a big heart.
As to Stevens, he started consulting for Veco in 1995, six years before he was appointed to the Senate, Allen said. “He was real good at details. He was like Pete [Kott]. He would work,” Allen said.
By the time Stevens was in the Senate, he had four kids, Allen noted. “How am I supposed to say ‘now that you’re a senator, Ben, I can’t give you more money,’ ” Allen testified. “I couldn’t do that.”
Politicians have mouths to feed too, after all.