State Rep. Will Ainsworth holds on to fundraising lead in Lieutenant Governor race

November 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The race for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor is highly competitive with no clear front runner as the candidates all work on establishing name recognition with voters.

The candidates all reported competitive fundraising in October.  Will Ainsworth, Rusty Glover, and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh have all declared that they are running for the office in the 2018 Republican Primary.

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, had a beginning balance coming into October of $1,058,437.65.  Ainsworth reported cash contributions of $45,075.  Ainsworth reported expenditures of $15,2034.79 and line of credit expenditures of $1,336.96 for an ending balance of $1,088,277.86.

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Here’s why everyone keeps raising questions about Luther Strange’s campaign contributions

July 7, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, Dom Gentile, a Republican candidate for US Senate in Alabama’s Special Election, asked in a letter for the Alabama Ethics Commission to investigate campaign contributions made to current Sen. Luther Strange by Drummond Coal.

Strange, who was appointed to the Senate in February by former Gov. Robert Bentley, has come under fire of late for his involvement while attorney general in Alabama with an EPA superfund site in north Birmingham.
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Legislative watchdogs propose ethics reform agenda

February 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In 2010, then Republican Party Chairman State Representative Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) led a historic campaign for the Republican Party to take over the Alabama Legislature from 135 years of Democratic Party domination and clean up the corrupt Montgomery cesspool. Voters agreed and gave the Alabama Republican Party everything it asked for then and every election that has followed.

No Democrat has won a statewide race in this state since 2008 and the GOP super majorities in both Houses of the Legislature can cloture the outmanned Democratic caucuses at will. Ending corruption as we know it however has proven elusive for the GOP dominated State government.
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Who Will Be Served: Justice or the Powerful Political Elites?

July 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The sentencing hearing for Mike Hubbard will be held this Friday at 10:00 AM, in the court of Judge Jacob Walker, III. If Hubbard is treated differently than any other criminal, or if he is shown the slightest bit of deference because of his position, the peoples’ trust in law and State government will continue to be shattered.

When Hubbard was under investigation, a vast majority were convinced he would never be indicted because they believed a Republican controlled Attorney General’s Office would never indict one of their own. Once indicted, Hubbard, as well as the majority of politicos and citizens, thought he would never stand trial because the courts couldn’t be trusted to bring such a powerful politician to heel. Finally, most didn’t trust the jury system, thinking that they would be swayed by Hubbard’s political standing in the community, or that his allies just might buy-off a juror or two. Hubbard was indicted, he did stand trial, and a jury of his peers found him guilty of 12 felony public corruption charges.
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Justice Moore’s Indictment and Trial

May 16, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The twice elected Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore faces removal from the bench, after ethics charges were filed against him by the appointed State’s Judiciary Inquiry Commission (JIC). Justice Moore will be tried by the Court of Judiciary, which is also appointed, and will be prosecuted by a private attorney paid for by JIC.

Judges in Alabama are elected by the people. In 2012, Moore was reelected as Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, even though he was removed from that office nearly a decade ago.
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Questions Raised Regarding 2010 Judicial Race Campaign Contributions

January 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Beth Rogers, wife of US Congressman Mike Rogers, won the election to become Calhoun County District Judge on November 2, 2010. Campaign finance records from the 2010 campaign cycle show Rep. Mike Hubbard’s Network PAC received $90,000 in contributions from Congressman Rogers’ federal campaign account. Hubbard’s PAC donated to State lawmakers who also made contributions to Beth Rogers’ campaign.

Money flowed from Rogers to Hubbard who contributed to State lawmakers, many of whom made contributions to Mrs. Rogers’ judicial campaign.
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Hillyer Campaign Off To Fast Fundraising Start

July 10, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, the Quin Hillyer campaign for Congress announced its fundraising numbers for the first quarter. The campaign has raised $62,779.73 and will report $47,426.13 cash on hand. Campaign Spokesman, T.J. Maloney said,

“We are excited and grateful that Quin’s candidacy is already attracting such widespread support. People across the First District are hearing Quin’s message of bringing Alabama’s conservative values to Congress with an intelligent and aggressive style. These donations reflect the momentum behind Quin’s campaign is building.”
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