Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how they identify a “principal.” Read More

Ethics Commission withdraws McCalla opinion after charities line-up

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In a unanimous vote on September 1, 2016, the Alabama Ethics Commission issued advisory opinion 2016-24, which it believed clarified the question regarding public officials soliciting lobbyists and principals for contributions to a charitable organization, operating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The issue was raised by the nonprofit group, Friends of McCalla.

After approving the opinion in a 5-0 vote, the Commission gave a 30-day window for public comment; however, it was extended past the 30 days to December 7.
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Taxpayers on Hook for Bentley, Stabler High Powered Attorney

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former “Top Cop” Spencer Collier is suing Governor Robert Bentley, Stan Stabler (Collier’s replacement), and others in a civil lawsuit.

Bentley and Stabler are being represented by John Neiman from the Birmingham-based law firm, Maynard Cooper & Gale.

The pair are being sued personally, and not in their official capacity as Governor or ALEA Chief. So, why are taxpayers on the hook to pay Bentley and Stabler’s high-dollar defense attorney?
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