The FBI has brought in agents from around the country for the investigation. The Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies also are involved, Gonzalez said.
The investigation has stretched to past legislators, including former Sen. Robin Taylor, R-Wrangell, who was interviewed Thursday by FBI agents. Taylor is now a deputy commissioner in the state Department of Transportation.
"They interviewed him about his past as a lawmaker and his dealings with Veco," said Will Vandergriff, deputy press security for Gov. Frank Murkowski. "He said they are just expanding their net."
What's the Corrupt Bastards Caucus? It was apparently an inside joke among a dozen legislators singled out in a March 2006 Anchorage Daily News op-ed for donations they received from Alaska petro-giant Veco Corp. The moniker didn't appear in the article. Rather, "Somebody walked up and said, âYou corrupt bastards,â and that name stuck,â Alaska House Finance Co-Chairman Mike Chenault (R) told the Daily News:
Hats were even made with the initials âCBCâ on them, but âthat was the extent of the CBC deal,â Chenault said. . . .
House Speaker John Harris, R-Valdez, said he saw [State Reps.] Smith and Kott handing out hats in June during the first special session when lawmakers voted down the petroleum tax bill. But he did not see anything with the âCorrupt Bastards Clubâ on it.
âThey were handing out hats down at the Baranoff (Hotel) at the bar down there. All they had was âVECOâ on them,â Harris said.
Chenault said he may still have a âCBCâ hat, but he canât recall.