News Coverage Resulting From our Research
First, Who we ARE and who we are NOT.
Citizens for Ethical Government Inc.
10270 Arborvitae Drive,
Anchorage Alaska, 99507
Ray Metcalfe, President
We are not:
Citizens 4 Ethics in Government of Nashville, Tennessee 37215 or Citizens for Ethical Government Inc. of Florida City, FL. President: Danielle Davenport.
Below is a small fraction of the corrupt acts that made headlines all or in part due to our research. The Daily News will not allow us to post these articles so we devised Google searches you can use to find them.
Primary protest: Two parties sue to block new closed-ballot system
2002: Republican Moderate Party Chairman Ray Metcalfe said the closed primary was an attack on the state’s four smaller parties aimed at luring them to the Democratic and Republican folds.
Former rep works to recall Sen. Ben Stevens
2005: – Former state Rep. Ray Metcalfe says state Sen. Ben Stevens has provided the “perfect storm” for a recall effort – displaying arrogance, attempting a raid on the Alaska Permanent Fund and maintaining a conflict of interest.
ACLU fights tax break
2006: “On Monday, the ACLU, along with Anchorage residents Ray Metcalfe and Keith Coonrod, filed a request in the Anchorage Superior Court to prevent the law from taking effect.”
Elections chief Laura Glaiser said Wednesday she rejected the recall application for state Sen. Ben Stevens, the 46-year-old son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, on the advice of the Department of Law because it lacked sufficient factual and legal grounds.
Ben Stevens refused to comment Wednesday night.
The application, filed by former state Rep. Ray Metcalfe, claimed Sen. Ben Stevens as a state senator had a conflict of interest with his consulting work for VECO Corp., an oil field services company.”
Groups challenge new law aimed at curbing public-interest lawsuits
…Governor Murkowski is attempting to tilt the playing field against citizens in favor of those with deep pockets,” said Ray Metcalfe, chairman of the Republican Moderate Party, which has been decertified due to low voter numbers. The Murkowski administration…
Pot prop backers take new approach
“There’s a little more common sense in the approach this time,” said Republican Moderate Party founder Ray Metcalfe, who supports the measure. Ken Jacobus, the group’s treasurer and a former attorney for the Republican Party of…
Group mounts effort to recall Murkowski
…reasons they’re having trouble coming to an agreement on 200 words,” Koponen said. Republican Moderate Party Chairman Ray Metcalfe said he plans to attend the meeting in Talkeetna but referred to himself as a “reluctant follower” of the recall effort…
My turn: Alaska’s leaders must follow state constitution
…plan to put people in jail for accusing him of ethics violations, I promise to erect a giant billboard accusing him of ethics violations the very next day. Anchorage resident Ray Metcalfe is the chairman of the Republican Moderate Party.
State levies $150 fine against Ben Stevens for not revealing chairmanship
…the company sued each other. Meanwhile, the commission also rejected an appeal by Republican Moderate Party Chairman Ray Metcalfe to investigate his allegation that Stevens did not fully disclose what he did for various companies that paid him consulting…
…paid $300,000 to Ben Stevens for political influence. After reviewing Solberg’s sworn testimony with the APOC, Ray Metcalfe reminded the board that “it is a felony” for Sen. Ben Stevens to receive payments for political influence. However…
APOC eyes McGuire’s work for health provider
…review and consulting to help Providence decide whether it wanted to acquire the Alaska Psychiatric Institute building. Ray Metcalfe, a former state legislator, filed the complaint against McGuire with the commission. Metcalfe, who lost to McGuire…
McGuire earned consulting fees, panel concludes
…building. The Public Offices Commission began investigating McGuire’s contract over the summer after a complaint from Ray Metcalfe, who is now a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. Metcalfe lost to McGuire in a 2000 race for the state House…
Commission rushes to finish VECO report before start of special session
…Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage, said he’ll skip the session because of the allegations. Former state Rep. Ray Metcalfe, who in the past has criticized the commission for lax enforcement of ethics and campaign finance rules, praised its…
Cowdery skips session, critics not satisfied
…Cowdery’s decision to not attend. “That’s between him and his constituents,” he said. One of those constituents is Ray Metcalfe, a former Republican legislator and self-appointed governmental ethics watchdog, who opposed Cowdery’s decision…
VECO polling assistance comes under scrutiny
…against Kott is that a poll VECO provided for his campaign constituted a bribe. Former state legislator and APOC critic Ray Metcalfe had earlier urged the commission to investigate all 60 legislators, but had not filed a formal complaint as of the…
Dates raise questions about former legislator
…Senator B is Stevens, bribes offered during that time were not to gain legislative access. Former Republican legislator Ray Metcalfe said Stevens may have been offered bribes so VECO could gain access to his father. Metcalfe is an outspoken critic…
Federal probe has critics askin why state didn’t act first
…Department of Law rejected calls by former legislator Ray Metcalfe to investigate connections between VECO and then-Senate…Both former Gov. Frank Murkowski and ethics watchdog Ray Metcalfe say APOC has not been effective, and should be abolished…
My turn: Some lawmakers still stump for VECO
…pastures, other companies will step in and offer us just as much as they offer other countries. What could be better? Ray Metcalfe is a former Republican legislator from Anchorage and chairman of the Republican Moderate Party. Contact him at RayinAK…
Some ethics reform bills cast wide net
…wouldn’t apply. That issue involved ethics watchdog Ray Metcalfe, a former Republican legislator who had brought ethics…didn’t you,” Stevens asked. “Who’s paying you, Ray?” Metcalfe later told the Empire that he had no contributors…
APOC says senator broke ethics rules
…director for Alaska’s U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, Ben Stevens’ father. That firm is now fully owned by McCabe. Ray Metcalfe, a former state legislator who brought the complaint in 2005 on behalf of the party, said Stevens’ argument “defies…
Judge tosses recall effort against Sen. Ben Stevens
…should be removed from office. The petition was drafted by Republican Moderate Party founder and former legislator Ray Metcalfe. He contends that Stevens’ job as a consultant for the oil field service company Veco Inc. improperly affected his…
Oil companies appeal proposed tax increase
…12.25 percent for the first five years and 15 percent afterward. No field in Alaska now pays the full percentage. Ray Metcalfe, one of the initiative’s sponsors and the chairman of the Republican Moderate Party, said the ELF allows oil companies…
‘Faces of ACES’ or ‘Fleecing of Alaska?’
…those “Faces of ACES” ads to debate the content of this article and their ads any time, any place, any audience. Ray Metcalfe is a former Republican state legislator from Anchorage.
Effort to oust lawmaker fails
…rejected a plea by failed Anchorage House candidate Ray Metcalfe to block the seating of Rep.-elect Lesil McGuire…Democrats didn’t field a candidate in District 17. “Ray Metcalfe sort of needs to go on with his life and move on at…
Citizens file suit against state’s deal with BP
…alleging the state’s agreement with BP Amoco to allow a merger with Atlantic Richfield Co. is illegal. Nick Begich and Ray Metcalfe claim the agreement between the Knowles administration and BP would be making a resource allocation, which can only…
Ben Stevens withdraws re-election bid
…as long as they do. “I don’t think Ben’s the first this has been an issue for,” he said. Former state Rep. Ray Metcalfe, who filed the recall petition, said he will continue to pursue his criticism of Stevens. “I want some people prosecuted…
Alaska court decision approves joint primaries
…challenged a 2001 state law forcing parties into closed primaries. “We’re the guys who like open government,” said Ray Metcalfe, founder of the Republican Moderate Party of Alaska. The state challenged the Superior Court ruling but was not successful…
Attorneys present cases on primary ballot suit
…political parties on their ballot as well. “Republicans wanted to close the primary and then they got it through,” said Ray Metcalfe, chairman of the Republican Moderate Party. “The rest of us all wanted to be on a common ballot.” Jim Sykes, co-chairman…
FBI seizes documents from Ben Stevens
…form the basis of complaints brought against Ben Stevens at the Alaska Public Offices Commission and other agencies by Ray Metcalfe, founder of the independent Republican Moderate Party in Alaska. It wasn’t immediately clear which affidavit was…
Both parties can be equally corrupt
…tens of thousands to re-elect House and Senate Republicans, have abandoned the Republican nominee for governor. She’s not for sale. They are backing their old friend Tony. Ray Metcalfe Chairman of the Republican Moderate Party Juneau
…investigator. State Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, call the laws “weak.” “The system is broken,” said Ray Metcalfe, chairman of the Republican Moderate Party and longtime critic of corruption in Alaska state government. “It’s…
…convicted in July of seven federal counts of conspiracy and bribery. Metcalfe to run for Stevens’ Senate seat ANCHORAGE – Ray Metcalfe, a vocal critic of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, has announced his intention to run against the longtime congressman…
Candidate wants probe into McGuire’s work
ANCHORAGE – U.S. Senate candidate Ray Metcalfe has filed another complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission over state Sen. Lesil McGuire’s work for Providence Health…
Cowdery excused from rest of special session
…Anchorage, Cowdery can wield power, he said. A longtime critic of VECO’s influence on Alaska politics, former Rep. Ray Metcalfe of Anchorage, said Cowdery’s absence could do more than that in the 20-member Senate. “His absence equals a ‘no…
Poll asks legislators about ties to VECO
…Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, declined to answer the AkPIRG request and a similar request from ethics watchdog Ray Metcalfe that legislators sign affidavits saying whether they’d received VECO help. Kerttula called the two surveys “a form…
Remember legislators who took VECO money
…D-Nome, $16,750; Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, $21,700; and Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, $14,275. Watch closely as they go to bat for everything VECO fought for – and remember them next election. Ray Metcalfe Juneau
This practice must stop
…What if one of them was fired shortly after voting to tax Alaska’s oil as much as other countries tax theirs? Republicans and Democrats both need to end this practice. Ray Metcalfe Chairman of the Republican Moderate Party Anchorage
Commission faces criticism from all sides
…important issues at The commission’s critics include some unlikely bedfellows. “APOC is broken beyond repair,” said Ray Metcalfe, a former Republican legislator from Anchorage who has been a staunch critic of the ethics of several current and former…
Attorney General’s role as appointee questioned
…most states, Alaska’s district attorneys are not independently elected either. That left former Republican Rep. Ray Metcalfe of Anchorage, a self-styled ethics watchdog, with few places to turn with his corruption allegations against former…
My turn: Tax oil, not me (and don’t touch my PFD)
…taxes on oil match what BP, Exxon and ConocoPhillips are already willingly paying to other oil producing countries. Ray Metcalfe is chairman of the Republican Moderate Party and an Anchorage resident.
APOC fines Senate president
…President Ben Stevens in violation of financial reporting requirements but cut his recommended fine in half to $5,000. Ray Metcalfe, the former Republican legislator who brought the complaint, denounced the commission for what he called lax enforcement…
Legislature called to act on corruption
…Paper” as dramatic reform, others have proposed changes that appear even more drastic. Former Republican legislator Ray Metcalfe, now head of the Republican Moderate Party, has recommended abolishing the Alaska Public Offices Commission and creating…
Murkowski’s fund rhetoric haunts him
…of the permanent fund for government,” Murkowski told reporters last week after the group had finished its work. Ray Metcalfe, chairman of the Republican Moderate Party and a recall proponent, said the governor’s permanent-fund stance has…
Legislature takes action a year after Cowdery guilty plea
…in a scheme by former VECO Corp. CEO Bill Allen to bribe an Alaska legislator on oil tax issues. “Amazing,” said Ray Metcalfe, a former Republican legislator from Anchorage who has been critical of the Legislature’s ethical standards. “It…
Lawsuit filed to stop BP, Amoco-Arco deal
…filed Friday in Anchorage Superior Court. “We need to assert our position as landlord.” His co-plaintiffs are Ray Metcalfe, who ran for governor last year on the Republican Moderate ticket, and Vic Fischer, a former state senator from Anchorage…
Institutionalized corruption in Alaska
…Alaska will require leaders willing to risk retribution and play chicken with some mighty scary people. Fear of a visit from the political equivalent of the KKK causes even the honorable to fear stepping forward. Ray Metcalfe Anchorage
Judge tosses Ben Stevens’ fine
…year. Stevens, a Republican, has been under investigation in the broad FBI investigation of corruption in Alaska. Ray Metcalfe, a former state legislator, began filing a series of complaints with APOC in 2005, alleging that Stevens failed to…
My Turn: The Ben Stevens recall dismissal heads to court
…President Ben Stevens. The civil case is titled Citizens for Ethical Government et al vs. State of Alaska, Division of Elections…summary. The plaintiffs are Michael Busey, Citizens for Ethical Government (a wing of the Republican Moderate Party…
…Ben Stevens asked the Superior Court in Anchorage to overturn the state’s rejection of its petition. Citizens for Ethical Government said Wednesday the state Division of Elections improperly dismissed the petition after more than the required…
Show Me the Money! Dems Clean Up.
Ray Metcalfe – 2 crisp $1,000,000 bills!
Each bill features Mr. Metcalfe’s face and “Which Earmark Did You Get?” on the front, with “In Ray We Can Trust” on the back, along with info on Veco, bribery, Ben and Ted Stevens and Ray’s part it investigating all of it. While Mr. Metcalfe won’t be getting my vote, he definitely wins the prize for creativity this primary season, and gets my appreciation for a good laugh. Let’s face it, there’s nothing funny about an Ethan Berkowitz button.
Saradise Found – Chapter 17 – The Wasilla Governor’s Picnic
Ray Metcalfe explaining his anti-corruption petition to Alaska Revenue Commissioner Pat Galvin:
Spreading the word about the growing presence of progressive Alaskans and their powerful ideas on the web
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Ray Metcalfe’s Anchorage Real Estate Tour
I’ve been meaning to take U.S. Senate candidate Ray Metcalfe’s Anchorage real estate tour since he offered to show me around late last year. A number of others have taken Ray up on this too.
Before I took Ray’s tour, I consulted friends who are deeply involved with the Alaska Democratic Party. Ray had been singled out by the Party’s Rod McCoy for possible violation of the Party’s current Party Plan.