End Citizens United endorses Doug Jones for Senate

September 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, End Citizens United announced that they have endorsed Democratic nominee Doug Jones for U.S. Senate.

Jones, a former U.S. attorney, is running in the Alabama special election against Roy Moore in the Dec. 12 special election.

“An extremist with a racist, bigoted agenda, who will defend a corrupt, rigged system in Washington that favors the priorities of special interests over everyday Alabamians,” ECU said of Moore in their statement.

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State Senator Says Bentley Breaking the Law with Gulf State Park Spending

June 30, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Firebrand Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville) added an amendment to the Gulf State Park Project appropriations bill that sets a deadline for funding. It reads, “If the State of Alabama does not receive or has not been awarded any National Resource Damage Assessment funds or Restore Act funds for the purposes of this chapter by December 31, 2015, this chapter is repealed on January 1, 2016.”
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More Ethics Complaints Filed on Masons

May 16, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—More ethics complaints are being filed against Gov. Robert Bentley’s former senior adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, and her husband, Jon.

State Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay) has filed new ethics complaints against the Masons, citing their failure to truthfully, fully, and accurately file their Statements of Economic Interest (SOEI) with the State’s Ethics Commission.

“Nowhere in the Ethics Law does it state that the Governor’s girlfriend is exempt from the Law. Nowhere in the Ethics Law does it state that the Governor’s girlfriend’s husband is exempt from the Ethics Law,” said Morrow in an interview with the Alabama Political Reporter.
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Suit Against Bentley Filed Over Gulf State Park

April 11, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— Former Alabama commissioner of conservation and natural resources, Charley Grimsley, filed suit against Gov. Robert Bentley over his plan to build a resort hotel at Gulf State Park, which Grimsley says will be unaffordable to most Alabamians.

The lawsuit, filed in Montgomery County circuit court, challenges the use of the 2010 BP grant funds for the hotel project. “The 2010 BP funds are not a legal funding source according to the 2011 Gulf State Park Projects Act,” Grimsley said. “Instead of using these funds to restore the environmental damage caused by the oil spill, Gov. Bentley is instead trying to use them to build a luxury hotel working people cannot afford.”
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State Agencies Unite for Alabama Elections Fairness Project

March 17, 2015

By Bill Britt, Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, March 16, Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill, Attorney General Luther Strange, and Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier announced in a joint press conference in Montgomery that their three agencies have reached an agreement to cooperate to ensure fairer elections in Alabama.

The Alabama Election Fairness Project will commence with the office of the Secretary of State, who can ask for assistance from investigators from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and depending on the severity of an issue, may culminate with the Attorney General seeking prosecution.
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Merrill Briefs GBYR

March 17, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 12, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill was in Birmingham briefing the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans (GBYR) on his first weeks in the Alabama Secretary of State office.

Secretary of State Merrill said that he and his office have been looking at the campaign finance reports that candidates in the 2014 elections filed. There were a lot of candidates not filing their required campaign finance reports on time. There are some who still have not filed the required 2014 reports. Some are trying to misrepresent, some are trying to mislead, and sometimes they just don’t know what they are doing.
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Senate GOP Conference Holding Big Luncheon

February 11, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—If having a tasty lunch with 26 Republican State Senators next week tickles your fancy, you might consider writing a big check for the privilege.

Just days before the beginning of the 2015 Legislative session, the Alabama Senate Republican Conference, Inc., is hosting a fundraising luncheon.

The Conference is organized as a 527, non-profit by Senators Del Marsh, Greg Reed and Jabo Waggoner. The stated purpose is, “facilitating the involvement of Republican members of the Alabama Senate in and with respect to debating, discussing, developing and becoming educated on public policy matters important to the legislative process, including matters involving proposed and pending legislation.”
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Hubbard-Owned Business Printing for Dark Money Foundation

November 19, 2013

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Last week, the Alabama Political Reporter received a copy of a fundraising invitation for the Alabama Republican House Caucus. It’s not the final card, but the “printer’s proof.” The document’s creator’s name is recorded on the left-hand margin of the card: “KKoellsted.” That is Kimberly Koellsted, who works at Craftmaster Printers, Inc., owned by Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Hubbard has a proven pattern of funneling money from political organizations he controls to businesses he owns. This appears to be another occasion when Hubbard’s business interests benefit from his political power.
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