Poor ol’ Mike Hubbard

May 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Poor Mike Hubbard.

         That unlucky fella just couldn’t catch a break, had the whole world turn on him by mistake. There he was, just trying to make a living and be a good public servant, when, BAM!, out of nowhere came this overzealous prosecutor totally misreading the law and trying to make Hubbard out to be some kind of criminal.

         It’s outrageous, egregious, audacious what the attorney general’s office has done to poor ol’ Hubbard – a man who only wanted to earn a private living while doing public work. Have mercy, Alabama Appellate Court, have mercy.
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Hubbard has until April 26 to file written brief for his appeals trial

April 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley’s alleged ethics violations might be all over the news right now, but former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics convictions might be back in your newsfeed again soon.

There has been little movement in former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s appeals case since he first filed a request for an appeal last fall, but all of that could change this month.

The Court of Criminal Appeals has set April 26 as the deadline for Hubbard’s attorneys to submit their first written brief, according to court documents. That would be the first substantial move in Hubbard’s fight to overturn his 12 felony ethics convictions.

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Leeds Candidate May Have Conflict of Interest

September 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, September 19, 2016, the Alabama Political Reporter (APR) sent a letter to Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) requesting an opinion about a Leeds City Council candidacy that appears to be a conflict of interest and a possible ethics law violation.

The 2010 ethics law transformed Alabama government from a system of where anything was allowed under law unless a quid pro quo arrangement could be provable in a court of law by prosecutors to a standard where relationships that are obviously a conflict of interest are not allowable under Alabama law. Having an inappropriate relationship itself is a violation of State ethics law. Because of the laws passed in the 2010 Special Session and signed into law by Governor Riley, Alabama ethics laws are now among the strongest in the nation.
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Felon Hubbard Seeks Friends and Cash

August 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Earlier this month, convicted felon and former Alabama Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, sent an email to “business leader(s)” encouraging then to read his latest motion.

Hubbard writes, “…it very clearly lays out multiple reasons a new trial should be held, explains why the verdict on each charge was incorrect and how it negatively impacts business moving forward.”

Hubbard’s latest email appears to be a continuation of his public relations campaign to influence the public, remain relevant and raise much need cash for his criminal defense.
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Morrow Says Hubbard’s Book Was Nothing But a Pack of Lies

July 11, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 8, disgraced former Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) was sentenced by Judge Walker to four years in prison plus sixteen years of probation and a $210,000 for 12 felony counts of violating Alabama’s ethics law…..ironically a bill that was championed by Mike Hubbard when he led the Alabama Republican Party takeover of both Houses of the Alabama legislature in 135 years.
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Is French Next?

July 6, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On day six of the Mike Hubbard felony trial, former Republican State Senator, Steve French, took the stand to testify about a meeting between he and Hubbard.

Under oath he recounted that he was sent by then Sterne Agee’s CEO, Jim Holbrook, to discuss with Hubbard the pending Jefferson County bankruptcy. During the meeting, French expressed Holbrook’s desire to avoid a bankruptcy, how it would be embarrassing to his business, every other corporation in Birmingham, and in the county. French explained that should the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation came to Hubbard with a bill that would avoid the bankruptcy, would he support it? Hubbard agreed that he would give his full support as Speaker. Hubbard then pivoted to his financial woes, explaining to French that he had a plan to raise $1.5 million from 10 investors, and if his boss (Holbrook) would be interested in being one of the 10. French took the offer to Holbrook and he agreed to an investment.
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More Indictments Likely

June 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—When asked if there would be more indictments, Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis said, “No Comment.” That statement should strike fear in the heart of anyone named in the counts on which Mike Hubbard was found guilty.

Hubbard was found guilty on seven counts of receiving a thing of value from a lobbyist or a principal under Section 36-25-5.1 (a) which forbids “[a] public employee or public official or family member of the public employee or family member of the public official shall solicit or receive a thing of value from a lobbyist, subordinate of a lobbyist, or principal.”
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Billy Canary: “I Love Mike Hubbard Like a Brother”

June 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, June 3, 2016, two of the most influential lobbyists in the State of Alabama both independently used the line: “I love Mike Hubbard like a brother” in their testimony as to why they went out of their way to help the Speaker of the House. Within an hour of each other both Business Council of Alabama (BCA) President and CEO William “Billy” T. Canary and Minda Riley Campbell, an attorney and lobbyist with Bob Riley and Associates; both professed their love for Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) as their explanation for why they tried to assist the Speaker of the House in his almost insatiable quest to earn more money.
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Alabama Ethics Commission to Assign Special Agent to Probe Bentley-Mason Affair Allegations

March 30, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Ethics Commission has responded to State Auditor Jim Zeigler’s (R) request to initiate an investigation into actions by Governor Robert Bentley (R) and his senior political adviser/alleged mistress, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

While intra-agency romance is not illegal in Alabama, there are allegations that the duo may have violated portions of state’s ethics laws, such as using state resources like body guards, vehicles, and jets to facilitate the alleged romantic encounters.
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