A long-running FBI investigation produced clear evidence that Rep. Don Young earmarked millions to a campaign contributor and used campaign funds to pay for personal expenses for himself and his wife.
In 2005, the Alaska Republican inserted a $10 million earmark into a transportation bill — after it had passed Congress — to study a highway interchange that would benefit one of Rep. Young’s campaign contributors.
After a lawsuit, CREW obtained documents about the FBI’s investigation into the earmark revealing that the bureau also investigated Rep. Young and his late wife, Lu Young, for using campaign contributions to pay personal expenses like meals, travel, and dry cleaning.
- Twenty-term member of Congress representing Alaska’s at-large district
- Subject to a lengthy FBI investigation, which may or may not be ongoing, for earmarking millions of dollars to a campaign contributor, using campaign funds to pay personal expenses, and failing to disclose lavish gifts
- Previously named to CREW’s Most Corrupt in 2007, 2008, and 2009
- Read our May 2012 report What CREW has learned about Don Young