Alabamians lost over $7 million to cybercrime last year

November 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In 2016, Alabama residents lost $7,178,091 to internet crime, averaging $1,926.49 per person.

OpenVPN teamed up with a mathematician and statistician to publish a state-by-state study of cybercrime. The authors analyzed reports from the FBI and CSN in 2015 and 2016, concentrating on internet crime, fraud and identity theft. According to the FBI crime data, 47,077 Alabamians reported cybercrime in general, mostly women and people 50 – 69 years old.

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Former State Rep. Oliver Robinson pleads guilty in court, agrees to cooperate

September 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, former state Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, was in federal court where he pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a partner with Balch & Bingham law firm and an executive with the Drummond Company.

In exchange for payments to a foundation that Robinson ran, Robinson agreed to help fight expansion of an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in north Birmingham. The site was allegedly polluted over the course of decades by ABC Coke, which was acquired by Alabama based coal giant, Drummond Co. Expansion of the site would have cost ABC Coke and Drummond millions.
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Report claims SPLC moved millions into foreign accounts

September 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, August, 31, 2017, the Washington Free Beacon’s Joe Schoffstall is reporting that the Montgomery based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt “charitable” organization, has transferred millions of dollars in cash to foreign accounts in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and Bermuda.

According to the research done by Joe Schoffstall, the SPLC recorded more than $50 million in contributions and $328 million in net assets on its 2015 Form 990, the most recently available tax form from the nonprofit. SPLC’s Form 990-T, its 2015 business income tax return, shows that they have “financial interests” in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda and 2014 forms reveal some of the SPLC’s transfers to foreign entities, including hundreds of thousands to an account in the Cayman Islands. SPLC also lists Tiger Global Management LLC, a New York-based private equity financial firm, as an agent. There is a foreign partnership between the SPLC and Tiger Global Private Investment Partners IX, L.P., a pooled investment fund in the Cayman Islands and SPLC transferred $960,000 in cash on Nov. 24, 2014 to the fund, along with additional cash transactions to offshore funds.

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APR stands by Rogers report

July 5, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

An article published by The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) has drawn fire from campaign operatives for freshman Senator Luther Strange and his attorney at his old law firm, Bradley Arrant.

An email containing a letter from Bradley partner Joseph B. Mays, Jr., was received by APR on June 30, in which he demands, “…removal and retraction of false and libelous statements in an article on your website titled, ‘Source: State Rep. Offered Superfund Bribe with Strange Present.'”
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Oliver Robinson shouldn’t go to jail alone

June 23, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Oliver Robinson is going to jail.

Quite a few others should be going with him.

If Robinson, a former State Representative, wants to redeem himself and maybe help the constituents he’s sold out, he’ll spend the next few weeks and months working to make sure the jail cells around him are filled with other suit-wearing, fast-talking, greased-palm hustlers who have hijacked our State political system.
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First Training Held For Volunteers to Assist Zeigler in “Fighting Waste”

October 18, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, October 15, 2016, the first training program for volunteers to assist the State Auditor in fighting abuse in government was held in Clanton.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler said that the volunteers will gather right in the center of the State to train in how to research complaints received of government waste and corruption. The groups of volunteers met at 10 a.m. at Magic Valley Ranch outside Clanton. They received four hours of training and a lunch “at no expense to them and no expense to State taxpayers.”
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Strange Urges Fellow AGs Not to Use Subpoena Power to Silence Global Warming Skeptical Energy Companies

June 17, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 16, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) led a 13-state letter urging the nation’s Attorneys General to resist using their subpoena powers to target energy industries for their views in the heated climate change debate.

AG Strange said in a statement, “State Attorneys General should not abuse subpoena power to silence speech or side with one industry against a competitor under investigation. Yet we have seen this very approach used by a group of Attorneys General in an apparent effort to advance a climate change agenda. This is a chilling abuse of power that must be stopped.”
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Bentley Wants His Prisons

May 10, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In an Op-Ed at al.com, Gov. Robert Bentley signaled, that he may call a Special Session to try, once again, to pass an $800 million prison construction project. Bentley said, the massive spending project failed because, “We simply ran out of time in this Regular Legislative Session to finally address Alabama’s prison overcrowding problem.” He also wrote, “That legislation failed in the final minutes of this session. But that doesn’t mean we won’t reach that goal.”
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Sessions Urges Changes to H-1B Laws

March 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, March 11, US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) urges changes in the law to prevent H-1B Visa abuse by corporations.  Sen. Sessions said, “Any law that blatantly allows for the firing of American workers with the intent of replacing them with imported workers cannot, and must not, stand.”

Senator Sessions said, “The American people need to understand two key facts about the H-1B non-immigrant visa program. First, under existing law, there is simply no requirement for most employers to seek a US worker before bringing over a foreign H-1B worker. Secondly, to quote Dr. Ron Hira, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Howard University, ‘American workers can legally be replaced by an H-1B worker.’ Absent meaningful changes to the program, abuses of American workers like we have seen at Disney, Southern California Edison, Northeast Utilities, Fossil, and elsewhere will continue to occur – leading to more job losses, wage depression, and the elimination of future job opportunities for countless American workers.”
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Coleman Revealed as Confidential Informant, Gave Affidavit to Mike Hubbard  

February 12, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Court filings state that, attorney and radio host, Baron Coleman gave his three-page affidavit to Speaker Mike Hubbard’s criminal lawyers, who used the information to renew its motion to dismiss Speaker Mike Hubbard’s felony case on prosecutorial misconduct and fraud.

In the State’s motion, it is revealed Coleman served as a confidential informant to the Attorney General’s Special Prosecution Division since the fall 2012. According to the State, Coleman supplied information on Hubbard and other individuals. The State provided proof of Coleman’s status to the court ex parte, and in camera. The information provided to trial Judge Jacob Walker III, marked as Exhibit A, is under seal.
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