Former Gregg Aide Identified as ‘Staffer F’

Posted February 4, 2009 at 2:20pm

A former aide to Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) has been identified as the unnamed Senate staffer who accepted more than $10,000 in gifts from disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and associates, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The AP reported that an attorney familiar with the case identified Kevin Koonce as the “Staffer F” in a plea agreement entered by former Abramoff deputy Todd Boulanger last week.

Koonce, who worked as Gregg’s legislative director from 2002 to 2004, allegedly accepted tickets to baseball and hockey games, as well as meals and drinks.

According to Boulanger’s plea agreement, “Staffer F” assisted the lobbyist in various instances, including protecting a $3.5 million earmark in the fiscal 2003 Defense appropriations bill.

The plea agreement also details a February 2003 e-mail exchange between Boulanger and “Staffer F” about procuring hockey tickets for the Senate aide.

“This is without a doubt the most in-demand game of the season. … You, my friend, are in debt to me for a while!” Boulanger wrote to the aide in a message confirming the tickets.

The aide responded several day later, stating: “Thanks [Boulanger] — You the man. I got something for you too.”

Koonce declined comment to the AP, except to say he is on leave from Sorini, Samet & Associates.