After Alaska Dispatch received Miller's farm subsidy records under the Freedom of Information Act and told the Miller campaign about them on Monday, Miller's staff confirmed he received federal payments for 140 acres of cropland he owned in Kansas between 1990 and 1998.
"Like the vast majority of farmers in that region, Joe received payment from the USDA in exchange for managing his crops according to government standards," said campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto in an e-mail Monday night.
Dispatch had earlier linked a Joseph W. Miller -- Miller's legal name -- to farm subsidies for land in Kansas sent to a post office box in Anchorage when Miller was working in the city as an attorney. Miller's campaign was asked last week whether the candidate was the Joe Miller who got those funds but refused to answer until late Monday. Since the question was asked, Alaska Dispatch linked candidate Joe Miller to that address -- P.O. Box 112926 in Anchorage.
This is the Anchorage address at which the attorney and his family received Permanent Fund dividend checks; it is the address Miller used on his state hunting and fishing licenses; and a Freedom of Information Act request has now revealed it is the address to which the U.S. Department of Agriculture mailed 61 farm subsidy checks worth a total of $7,235 from 1991 through 1997.
The subsidies -- ranging from $2 to $1,621 -- were for sorghum and wheat deficiencies, an agriculture conservation program, disaster assistance, and production flexibility on wheat on sorghum, according to payment records from the Department of Agriculture.
Earlier in the article, the Dispatch notes:
Farm subsidies became an issue in Miller's campaign last week when an Alaska blogger incorrectly reported that he'd collected thousands of dollars in connection with a 1,000-acre plot of land near Delta Junction that Miller himself describes as "overgrown." Miller and his staff denied those accusations to Alaska Dispatch. Until Monday night, the campaign had also dodged questions as to whether Miller had received federal farm subsidies for land in Kansas, where he once lived.
One has to wonder a few things here:
Did The Mudflats get keyed into the Delta Junction land through something Mudflats hasn't yet revealed? With one notable exception, in my book, The Mudflats has done exceedingly well on very small resources at getting accurate information out to the public on important issues and events. The Dispatch is being sugar-mommied by a billionaire.
Now, here's the Dispatch, going all "nanny-nanny-boo-boo" at The Mudflats, when the jury is still out on just what this guy who already knew how to bilk the Feds out of more money on crop scams than Vic Kohring went to prison for, may have been involved with, in his "overgrown" weed patch on the Tanana River.
And also, nobody in the Alaska media seems interested in pursuing what I found out, confronting Miller at the Alaska State Fair last month. This is Joe Miller, about to yell at me, "Why would I do away with Veterans benefits? I'm a seriously disabled Veteran!"
Let's take this grifter down, folks.