Only four rogues in Robinson case?

October 5, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

According to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District, Jay Town, four lone actors allegedly conspired to stop the EPA’s efforts to declare a portion of North Birmingham an EPA Superfund Site.

Town asserts that only Joel Iverson Gilbert, Steven George McKinney, David Lynn Roberson and then Democrat State Rep. Oliver Robinson devised, funded and executed a plan to halt attempts by the federal government to determine the environmental impact of pollutants at what is now known as the 35th Avenue Superfund Site.
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Indictments in superfund bribery case no win for Alabama citizens

September 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

If you believed the bribery scandal that emerged from a scheme to undermine the cleanup of an EPA superfund site in North Birmingham would turn into a massive scandal that brought down the state’s biggest political operatives and deal a blow to political corruption in Alabama, well, you probably haven’t lived here long enough to know better.

Because it’s not.

The new U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Jay Town, made that clear at a press conference on Thursday in Birmingham.

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Balch & Bingham under siege on website

September 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Highly skilled research featured on banbalch.com takes aim at Birmingham-based law firm, Balch & Bingham. Material meticulously crafted into a damning narrative chronicles some of the firms most questioned activities, including the Oliver Robinson bribery scandal and alleged subcontract problems in Mississippi.

“Balch & Bingham is currently under scrutiny in two federal probes: the Robinson Bribery Scandal; the other involves questionable subcontracts in Mississippi in relationship to the clean-up of the BP oil spill that happened in 2010,” according to the website.

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More Scandals swirl around Strange’s campaign

September 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Many Alabama voters were already suspicious of the circumstances around former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s decision to appoint Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., to the U.S. Senate; now new allegations are swirling around Strange, his personal finances, and his campaign finance chair.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler revealed on Tuesday that Strange owns 16 percent of a company that sells VISAs to wealthy foreigners, mostly Chinese.

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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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Brinson: “This election has been as much about scandal as it has been about issues.”

August 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday August 9, 2017, US Senate candidate Dr. Randy Brinson (R) was critical of Senator Luther Strange (R).

Brinson said, “It has been an interesting year in Alabama politics. … This election has been as much about scandal as it has been about issues.”

Brinson criticized Strange, “From his shady appointment to his shady contributions and campaign finance violations similar to what Gov. Bentley was convicted of.”  “Sadly it looks like the Alabama Ethics Commission will not be doing its duties at least before the election.”

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Brinson says he was not paid by Christian Coalition of Alabama

August 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, August 7, 2017, US Senate Candidate Dr. Randy Brinson (R) announced that he was releasing tax filings from the Christian Coalition of Alabama showing that he took no salary from that organization during his tenure as its Head.

Brinson said that he is releasing these records due to questions which have been raised over fellow candidate Roy Moore’s remuneration from The Foundation for Moral Law between 2005 and 2013.
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Republican candidates forum in Trussville

August 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The last Republican candidate forum before the August 15th Special Primary was held on Sunday afternoon at the new Sheepdog Firearms facility on Deerfoot Parkway in Trussville.

Bryan Peeples, Dr. Randy Brinson, Congressman Mo Brooks, and Luther Strange participated.  The other candidates had previously scheduled commitments.

Sen. Luther Strange said that he was honored to take the seat of Jeff Sessions, whom he called a friend and a mentor.
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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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Source: State Rep. was offered superfund bribe with Luther Strange present

June 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. John Rogers told federal investigators that he was approached by executives from Drummond Coal and then-Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and offered what Rogers considered a bribe if he would lead the State’s and Drummond’s efforts against the EPA’s cleanup of a superfund pollution site in north Birmingham, a source close to Rogers told APR.

Asked about the allegations, Rogers declined to confirm them, saying he didn’t want to talk about it “yet, because it’s too volatile.”
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