Under guise of economic development, legislation would open door for public officials to lobby government

January 29, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

New legislation in the Alabama House of Representatives would alter the definition of lobbyist and lobbying in such a way as to open the floodgates for public officials to use their office for personal gain under the guise of economic development.

Behind HB317 is Republican Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, who most recently appeared as a witness before a Montgomery County special grand jury investigating potential public corruption in an economic development deal during former Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration.

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Judge Walker Files Hubbard Sentencing With Alacourt

August 11, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—Judge Jacob Walker, III, officially filed Michael G. Hubbard’s sentence with Alacourt on Wednesday.

Hubbard was found guilty on 12 charges of using his office for personal gain on June 10. Judge Walker handed down his sentence on Hubbard for a total of 96 years, 21.5 month split sentence and 76.5 years probation. All but two of the sentences run concurrent to the others.
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Declare a Revolution on Independence Day for Alabama

July 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Even as we celebrate our Republic’s Independence Day, it is evident that our State is in a moral crisis. Gov. Robert Bentley is running roughshod over the Constitution, the former Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, has been found guilty of 12 felony ethics violations and the State’s Chief Justice is being hounded by an appointed commission.

The crisis in Alabama stems from years of neglect, politics for personal gain, a false piety that mocks the basic tenets of Christ’s teachings, and a failure to value life above property and wealth.
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After the Storm: A Modest Proposal

May 17, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Jury selection in the State vs Michael G. Hubbard began Monday, with opening arguments to begin on May 24 or 25. The trial is expected to last approximately a month, according to statements made at the last hearing.

If Hubbard, who is charged with 23 felony counts of public corruption, is found innocent, the monster, who is Speaker Hubbard, will scorch the Earth with his vengeance and retribution, and our State will never be rid of his corrupting influence. If convicted, there will be a brief moment to change rules, institutions and policies, that will prevent men like Hubbard from harming our State by using government for craven, personal gain. If convicted, there will be an opening to stop the practices that have enabled Hubbard and his cronies to thrive.
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Emails, Records Show Hubbard Paid Over $200K to Lobby Governor

March 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Series: Emails on Hubbard’s Road to Perdition, Article 3

The emails below were released by the State in February 2015, in response to Hubbard’s demand for a more defined statement of facts concerning his indictments.

Other articles on emails:

Article One

Article Two

Emails and court records are being used by the State to substantiate Speaker Mike Hubbard’s (R-Auburn) use of his public office for personal gain, including a $12,000 per month contract with the Southeast Alabama Gas District (SEAGD). According to court records, “SEAGD paid Hubbard a total amount of $208,848.88 to work as an ‘economic development consultant’ from March 2012 to August 2013.”
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