From Sean Cockerham at the federal courthouse ---
Found out at the corruption trial of former state Rep. Pete Kott this morning who made those infamous “Corrupt Bastards Club” hats seized by the FBI.
It was Debora Stovern, Kott’s live-in girlfriend in Juneau. Actually, it was her place and he moved in about three-and-a-half or four years ago.
Stovern, an attractive former state employee, was the first witness called at the trial this morning and is still on the stand. The prosecuting attorneys are giving her a pretty hard time.
She does the Kott’s Hardwood Flooring bookkeeping for free, is paid to help Kott on some of his flooring jobs, and apparently does embroidery work. She testified that included making about 100 hats saying Veco on the front --- about a dozen of which featured a “CBC" logo on the back.
Stovern said she told the FBI “my understanding was this CBC was corporate bastards club or something like that.” She said she told the feds she believed it was a response to a newspaper opinion piece that criticized legislators for taking Veco campaign contributions.
The prosecutors asked her if it really meant “Corrupt Bastard Club?” Oh yeah, that was it, she said.
Stovern said Veco paid her $900 -- $9 per hat -- for the work. She said Kott delivered the hats to then-Veco executive Rick Smith, who has pleaded guilty to bribing Kott and other legislators.
The prosecution had a box of the CBC hats, which come in different colors.
A red one was entered as Exhibit 208.