A review of major developments in the investigation of links between Alaskan lawmakers and the oil-field services company Veco (which was acquired by CH2M Hill in September 2007) :
March 2006: An opinion article printed in Alaska's largest newspapers highlights 12 current and former lawmakers who collectively received more than $150,000 in political contributions from Veco's top seven officials. Lawmakers named in the article reportedly mock it by calling themselves the "Corrupt Bastards Club."
August to September 2006: FBI agents raid the Juneau offices of six state legislators, part of 20 search warrants executed statewide in a 48-hour period. Agents were searching for possible connections between the lawmakers and Veco, and items named in the warrants included hats or other garments that said "CBC," "Corrupt Bastards Club" or "Corrupt Bastards Caucus." Three of the legislators named in the March article have their offices searched: Senate Rules Committee Chairman John Cowdery (R), House Oil and Gas Committee Chairman Vic Kohring (R), and former House speaker Pete Kott (R). Also searched is the office of Sen. Ben Stevens (R), the son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).