AL.COM Columnist Shares a Drink with Hubbard’s Attorney

July 24, 2014

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

BIRMINGHAM—J. Mark White is a top white collar criminal defense attorney representing Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard. John Archibald is a respected columnist at al.com.

The above picture captures the pair sharing drinks at the Paramount Bar in Birmingham.

One of White’s specialties is his gift for persuading the media to report on his clients in a favorable light.

Archibald is often known to rip and tear into the flesh of his subjects with irony and barbed wit.

Tossing back his Chardonnay with aplomb, it looks as if White hopes to become Archibald’s Svengali.

White is most noted for having two finely-honed skills: One, his ability to influence the press and two, wooing the judiciary.

White has done a masterful job of cowing the press, threatening lawsuits against some and batting his considerable eyelashes at others. Hubbard has made some ludicrous statements along the way that would normally cause a media feeding frenzy. Unfortunately, with just a few exceptions, the media has played along with White. Hubbard is never asked the tough questions or the follow-up questions that would ultimately call his hand.

White’s cozy relationship with the press and judges may help him draw fat fees from corrupt politicos, but this is the very thing that makes the public-at-large despise attorneys and distrust the media.

In the world manipulated by White and his client Hubbard, Justice is not blind, and well, the press will work it all out over drinks in a posh bar.

I would like to have a drink with White, and hey…

I’ll even pick-up the tab.

The Nexus of Big Money, State Contracts, Predatory Lending, Paris and News Organizations

July 29, 2013

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Question: What does almost $7,000,000 in state contracts, trips to Paris,  thousands in campaign contributions to Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, the Mobile Press-Register, AL.COM and predatory lenders all have in common? Answer: The Birmingham-based public relations firm Big Communications.

Among its many high-flying clients, the State of Alabama appears to be one of Big Communication’s most profitable.

The PR group has a $4.5 Million contract with the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, plus receives millions more from state colleges and agencies.
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Kris Kobach, co-author of Alabama immigration law, backs Mitt Romney in South Carolina

January 17, 2012

Staff Report

Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State and co-author of Alabama’s controversial immigration law, endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and was scheduled to campaign for Romney in South Carolina today.

Kobach, a former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer, has emerged as a leading advocate for strengthening state and federal laws against illegal immigration. Sponsors of Alabama’s immigration law said they leaned heavily on Kobach to help craft the legislation before its approval by the state legislature in June 2011.
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Birmingham should shutter failing schools and demand better, educator tells city audience

December 17, 2011

Staff Report

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Birmingham needs to shut down its failing schools, fire bad teachers and principals and demand a world-class school district, Steve Perry, educator, author and CNN contributor, told a crowd at Harbert Center today.

Perry was the keynote speaker at the Birmingham Change Fund’s luncheon and didn’t disappoint the crowd when it came to his no-nonsense, fiery speech.

“You wouldn’t be in this situation if the system was working,” he told the audience. “The circumstances that created this are in place because, for some reason or another, you’re comfortable with that.”
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