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State Senator Under Investigation

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY According to a high-ranking government official, State Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) is under investigation by law enforcement for possible ethics violations and other related activities.

On Williams’ latest ethics Statement of Economic Interests, he lists 43 professional or consulting clients. When elected in 2010 he listed no such clients.

phil-williamsWilliams’ Senate Republican Caucus spokesperson said, the 43 clients listed were reoccurring litigation clients. A search of court records on ALACOURT shows only three reoccurring clients and these are related to debt collection.

The clients are Butler Electrical Contractors, which is owned by State Rep. Mack Butler (R-Gadsden), Servpro, and Advanced Imaging of Gadsden.

Jon Jones, who Williams appointed to the Community Development Board for District 29, 30, and handles around $700,000 in State development funds, owns Servpro of Etowah in Williams’ District.

Williams’ large client list has raised questions among his Senate colleagues, and now, law enforcement has entered into the fray.

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Williams, who campaigned on ethics reform to defeat Sen. Larry Means (who was charged but acquitted in the bingo trials), now appears to find himself a person of interest.

Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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