The system — originally created by Ted Stevens — was reformed in 2002 thanks to legislation authored by Stevens and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who also is under federal investigation. Those changes created new limits on the types of air carriers that could participate in the program and required mail to be trucked further into the Alaska “bush” than before. Although Lynden’s air freight services continue to participate in the program according to published reports, the company saw a significant benefit from the change — Lynden’s trucking service holds the contract for all USPS trucking needs in the state.
Jansen declined to answer questions regarding the relationships between his various companies and the two Stevens, as well as about his own ties to the father and son. Jansen also declined to comment on Lynden’s involvement in the federal investigation.
Meanwhile, the FBI also has opened a new line of inquiry in its investigation of Ted Stevens, focusing on a $170 million contract awarded to oil services firm VECO from the National Science Foundation, according to McClatchy newspapers.
Former VECO CEO Bill Allen pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges this spring as part of the Alaska investigation and is cooperating with federal officials in their probe of Ted and Ben Stevens.
VECO oversaw a major remodeling of Stevens’ Girdwood, Alaska, home several years ago — right around the time the NSF was awarding the grant to the company.