By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY—Former Gov. Bob Riley’s political action committee, Alabama 2014 PAC, raised $29,000 last week according to its FCPA report.
Riley’s PAC reports expenditures of $128,421.01, most notably giving $12,500 to indicted lawmaker, Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, on May 20, the date of Moore’s hearing to dismiss his case. Since Moore’s indictment for lying to a Grand Jury and perjury, Riley, along with Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn have been pouring tens of thousands of dollars into Moore’s campaign. Moore used $25,000 given to him by Hubbard to pay his criminal defense attorney, Bill Baxley.
Riley’s PAC currently has $504,812.38 on-hand after spending lavishly on commercials for incumbent republicans. He also gave $35,000 to Steve Livingston who is running for the State Senate against Rep. Todd Greeson. Riley along with the Alabama Federation for Children are spending heavily to block Greeson, who is an anti-Common Core, pro-education candidate.
Alabama 2014 also gave heavily ($10,000) to Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh and Jack Williams, ($12,500) who both are facing republican challengers.
An odd entry is $10,000 to Argus Security Solutions, LLC, which is listed as offering, security consulting and investigation.
Julie Gilliom is listed as a Forensic Accountant/Fraud Examiner at Argus Security Solutions LLC.
Why would a political action committee need security or a forensic accountant and fraud examiner?
When Mike Hubbard’s criminal defense attorney J. Mark White first announced he was investigating individuals who were making disparaging statements about Hubbard, he also said that the had a team that included a forensic accountant.
The list of donors includes several assisted living facilities. The biggest donor by far was AT&T Services, Inc., which gave Riley $10,000.