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Sen. Begich Statement on City Audit

Sen. Mark Begich joined hundreds of Alaskans today in paying respects to Sen. Ted Stevens at his funeral in Anchorage.

Begich's spokesperson, Julie Hasquet, released the following statement regarding the findings of the city audit:

"We appreciate the report makes it clear the hysterical allegations of misconduct or violations of law have no basis whatsoever. 

"It's easy and often helpful to look back retrospectively and evaluate how things could have been done differently. Clearly, many good lessons have been learned that can be implemented in the future.

"But the findings in the audit report need to be evaluated in context.  The events and decisions analyzed occurred during the most extreme economic conditions since the Great Depression.  Those conditions at the end of 2008 created challenges for governments and businesses in Alaska and across the country that were unparalleled.  They were certainly unprecedented in the history of the Municipality of Anchorage."

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