Birmingham Realtors PAC held FCPA reports for four years

July 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In his ongoing effort to ensure adherence to the Fair Campaign Practice Act (FCPA), Secretary of State John Merrill continues to crackdown on those who fail to report according to State law’s required guidelines. One such group, put on notice by the Secretary of State’s Office, is the Birmingham Association of Realtors (BARPAC) Political Action Committee.

According to the Secretary of State’s records, BARPAC did not file annual reports for four years, as required from 2013 through 2016, and made over $37,000 in political contributions to candidates, lobbyists, and others during those years.
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Behind the scenes of the Bentley resignation

April 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The fall of Governor Robert Bentley was a long time in the making, but the negotiations that led to his criminal plea bargain and resignation from office were direct and swift.

Beginning in earnest last Sunday, and into the wee hours of Monday morning, Bentley’s attorneys, Chuck Maloney and Cooper Shattuck, hammered out an agreement with Special Prosecutor Ellen Brooks (former Montgomery County District Attorney) and Matt Hart, Chief of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division. Bentley pleaded to two misdemeanor charges and resigned his office to avoid a lengthy and expensive criminal felony trial.
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In the end, Bentley could only blame himself

April 11, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

With the resignation of now former Gov. Robert Bentley, it’s best to start at the end.

Because the end explains so much about how the beginning of that end ever came to be.

That end came Monday afternoon, with all of the state’s media tucked into the old House chambers in the State Capitol building, Bentley standing before the cameras, reading a prepared statement, announcing to the people that he’s stepping down as Governor.
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Speaker: House won’t be held back by Bentley’s resignation

April 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley’s political career may be over, but the 2017 legislative session isn’t. House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Madison, said Monday night that he is ready to get back to work.

“This will not affect us at all,” McCutcheon said after Bentley’s resignation and Gov. Kay Ivey’s swearing-in ceremony Monday night. “We were working very hard before this happened. You have to keep in mind that the members of the House are very resilient.”

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Gov. Robert Bentley reaches agreement to resign

April 10, 2017

By Josh Moon and Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley has agreed to resign later today, several sources have confirmed to The Alabama Political Reporter.

The Governor reached an agreement with State lawmakers and Law Enforcement officials early Monday morning to step down. The terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Bentley’s resignation comes after a tumultuous weekend following the release of a salacious report from the House Judiciary Committee’s special counsel, Jack Sharman.

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Will the Ethic Commission’s political parlor tricks doom Bentley?

April 7, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What the public learned from the Ethic Commission hearing surrounding accusations against Gov. Robert Bentley, is that he may have violated the Ethics Code and the Fair Campaign Practice Act (FCPA). What observant politicos witnessed was an Ethics Commission that is political, ineffectual, and has long outlived its sell-by-date.

Let’s take the cute little nod and wink between Commissioner Stewart Tankersley and Tom Albritton.
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Bentley’s biggest crime: stupidity

April 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There I was, standing on the sidewalk along Monroe Street in downtown Montgomery, just outside of the nine-story RSA building where the Alabama Ethics Commission holds its regular meetings.

I was watching a loading dock where a black SUV – the kind government officials drive – was parked. Montgomery Police Department officers had shooed reporters away from the door leading out onto the loading dock, which raised suspicion, and we were pretty sure the car belonged to the Governor.
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Pro-Life proposal claims Governor Bentley could stop abortions in Alabama today

April 3, 2017

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Pro-Life supporters gathered on the steps of Alabama’s state capitol on Saturday, April 1, to petition Governor Robert Bentley with a proposal that they said would immediately stop abortions in Alabama.

Proposal 16 says the Governor can stop abortions in Alabama and he wouldn’t need approval from the Federal government to do so. The proposal said he could stop abortions with an executive order.

Jay Hinton, an attorney and speaker at the event, explained how this is possible.
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Will Bentley face the Hangman’s noose?

March 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It may be too late for Governor Robert Bentley to save himself as the gallows of impeachment’s trap door is oiled and ready. There is, however, a chance that the man, Robert Bentley, may be spared the Hangman’s noose; but even that outcome is tenuous at best.

Bentley, like so many men before him, fails to grasp that it is not his alleged affair with the married former staffer, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, or using his position as Governor to destroy perceived political enemies, such as former Law Enforcement Chief Spencer Collier. Hubris is his undoing.
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Judging Bentley with apparent conflicts of interest

March 8, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The next hearing of the Alabama Ethics Commission could prove significant as sources close to the commission believe that some of the ethics complaints filed against Governor Robert Bentley will be presented.

If the evidence submitted at April 5 meeting shows probable cause, it would still require a vote by the Commission to forward the matter to the Attorney General’s office or the appropriate District Attorney for presentation to a grand jury.
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