Murkowski is Calling on Miller to Refund Taxpayers

By Jill Burke

Murkowski is calling on Miller to refund $13,677 to taxpayers — a figure that includes “federal statutory interest calculated from 1997,” when Miller last received subsidies for the Kansas land.

“Would Joe Miller rather have me vote with the Republicans to fund these farm subsidy programs?” Murkowski asked in the release.  “I guess the answer is ‘yes’ because he personally benefited from that program.”

“Alaskans don’t like it when people say one thing in Alaska and do another in Washington, D.C., or in Kansas for that matter,” Murkowski said in a prepared statement. “His farm situation in Kansas reminds (me) of the 1977 song, Dust in the Wind, by the group called Kansas, because that’s what Joe’s credibility is turning into … dust in the wind.”

Miller acknowledged the subsidies only after confronted with the payment history, which Alaska Dispatch obtained through the U.S. Farm Service Agency under the Freedom of Information Act.

Those records show Miller received more than $7,000 in payments in the 1990s. The decade was a time of great transition in Miller’s life — he ended his full-time Army service, joined the Army Reserve, entered and finished law school, moved to Alaska and established himself here in private practice. Records show the subsidy payments were sent to an Anchorage P.O. box to which Miller also registered hunting licenses and PFD payments.

A press release issued Thursday by the Murkowski campaign hammers Miller, noting that the U.S. Constitution fails to specifically provide for subsidies, and pointing out Murkowski’s history of crossing party lines to vote against such “wasteful government spending.”

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ma baker
    Sep 24, 2010 @ 07:41:22

    So let me get this right.

    Murkowski got land on the Kenai River from lobbyist Bob Penny.

    The land was underpriced anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000.

    Is Mukowski going to give Bob Penny the land back because she got a subsidy from him that is ten times larger than the subsidy every farmer in Kanasas got?

    Miller purchased the land when he was 21. He got less than 6 bucks an acre per year.

    He did this before he took his political positions.

    Murkowski seems to be a hypocrite.


  2. Syrin
    Sep 24, 2010 @ 08:11:44

    Well that’s not correct. The land on the Kenai being sold by a private citizen for slightly below market value is NOT the same as recieving federal subsidies, BTW!
    It was Not 100 or 150 thousand below market! Besides senator Murkowski doesn’t have the land, she recognized the possible conflict…so your request to give it back is dumb and makes no sense


  3. ma baker
    Sep 24, 2010 @ 08:21:05

    The amount of money Lisa could have recvd from the land scam she got from Bob Penny was indeed more than 10,000 you claim

    See here

    That report claims 120,000 t0 179,000 more. Other sources list it as 200,000.

    I find no cite that she gave back the land or sold it, but would be happy to see them.


    • Syrin
      Sep 24, 2010 @ 08:54:59

      Lisa Murkowski who currently serves as Senator for Alaska …. announced the decision to sell back the property to Penney for the purchase price of $179,400. Selling …Bay Road Suite 105 Kenai, AK 99611

      In light of the questionable land deal, on July 26, 2007 Murkowski and her husband announced their decision to sell back the property to Penney for the purchase price of $179,400. She stated, “While Verne [her husband] and I intended to make this our family home and we paid a fair price for this land, no property is worth compromising the trust of the Alaska people.”


  4. ma baker
    Sep 24, 2010 @ 08:30:47

    Lisa’s top 20 contributors

    1 Constellation Energy $39,396 $29,396 $10,000
    2 Edison Chouest Offshore $36,250 $36,250 $0
    3 Van Ness Feldman $22,650 $14,150 $8,500
    4 Exxon Mobil $20,750 $10,750 $10,000
    5 Patton Boggs LLP $18,900 $13,900 $5,000
    6 Trident Seafoods $17,500 $17,500 $0
    7 Blue Cross/Blue Shield $16,500 $0 $16,500
    8 Pinnacle West Capital $16,150 $6,150 $10,000
    9 Southern Co $16,000 $5,000 $11,000
    10 Blank Rome LLP $15,700 $12,700 $3,000
    10 WPP Group $15,700 $14,700 $1,000
    12 Peabody Energy $15,100 $9,600 $5,500
    13 FPL Group $15,000 $5,000 $10,000
    14 AT&T Inc $14,900 $4,900 $10,000
    15 Energy Transfer Equity $14,776 $9,776 $5,000
    16 NorPAC $14,700 $14,700 $0
    17 Home Depot $13,400 $3,400 $10,000
    18 Duke Energy $12,500 $0 $12,500
    19 Chevron Corp $12,400 $2,400 $10,000
    19 Target Corp $12,400 $2,400 $10,000
    Download: View Top 20 | Top 100


    • Syrin
      Sep 24, 2010 @ 08:45:05

      This list doesn’t hurt my feelings!!!
      Do you live in Alaska? Lisa’s contributors are AWESOME!! It reads like a who’s who to me…


  5. ma baker
    Sep 24, 2010 @ 08:45:28

    She purchased the land for 120,000-200,000 less than the going market rate?

    Do you agree with that?


  6. ma baker
    Sep 24, 2010 @ 08:46:40

    Lisa gets about one tenth of her campaign money from in state. Does that give you pause…?


    • Syrin
      Sep 24, 2010 @ 09:04:07

      Nope! It gives me No pause what so ever… According to the list they’re all pro Alaska.. In this state we thank Exxon, Chevron, AT&T, Home depot and Target for doing business in Alaska…. I know that a state like Texas is a big place with lots of people and lots of money.. It’s easy to get money from within your state. Alaska not so much, only 698,473 people and we’re closed for business!
      2010 Overview Top In-State vs. Out-of-State
      I don’t see Lisa’s name listed among these senators..


  7. ma baker
    Sep 24, 2010 @ 11:10:19

    Open secrets allows you to search each Senators contributions and origins.

    I am concerned 9/10ths of her contributions come from outside.

    You forgot to mention that she only gave back the property after the Anchorage Daily News and other sources broke the story and a political storm followed, indicating she was trying to get a piece of property from a lobbyist for far less than the market price.

    She returned it only when she got caught.

    How many other deals have been made that we do not know about. Frank was not voted out of office because he was Mr Clean.


  8. Trish
    Oct 04, 2010 @ 10:04:34

    Ma Baker – I assume this means that you will be voting for Scott McAdams, considering the amount of outside contributions both Millier and Murkowski have received plus the financial ethical issues both have displayed.


    • ma baker
      Oct 04, 2010 @ 10:39:42

      I do like his ads, but no thanks. He got 600k of outside money on his web site . He is loving every minute of this. From obscurity to fame.

      He is no muckracker. He reminds me of Dick Daley both in appearance and demeanor.


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