Democrats pan Stevens foundation

WASHINGTON -- Democrats have made ethics the focus of their efforts to oust Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, and this week zeroed in on a charitable foundation run by former staffers who raise money in the senator's name.

The Alaska Democratic Party called on Stevens to disclose donations and expenditures to the foundation, charging that it exploits "an ethics loophole allowing those who donate to seek favors from Congress."

"You just don't know who's giving how much," said Bethany Lesser, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Democrats.

The tax-exempt nonprofit was founded in 2000 as the Ted Stevens Foundation. It is now known as the North to the Future Foundation and is headed up by former Stevens staffer Tim McKeever, a Seattle attorney who also serves as the senator's campaign treasurer and spokesman.

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