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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2011 Contact: Kit Kuzma 334-262-2221
Good afternoon. I'm here today to call for an investigation of Bob Riley and the Bob Riley cartel for what I believe to be a blatant violation of the ethics laws he proposed and signed before he left office. On December 1, 2010, Bob Riley called the Alabama Legislature into special session on ethics, which resulted in a ban of PAC-to-PAC transfers. On March 15, 2011, three months after the legislature banned PAC-to-PAC transfers, Bob Riley violated that law. Today I am submitting evidence to the Montgomery DA and Alabama's Attorney General calling on them to fully investigate and prosecute this blatant violation of the law. According to records from the Secretary of State, on March 15th, Bob Riley's Alabama 2014 PAC accepted a $50,000 contribution from the Republican State Leadership Committee. The Republican State Leadership Committee is also a PAC registered with the Alabama Secretary of State. This proves that one PAC gave a political contribution to another PAC. That is a clear violation of Alabama's new law and should be investigated to the fullest. Not only is this a violation of the law, but the timeline of events behind this violation should be of interest to the people of Alabama and in particular to Governor Robert Bentley and the current leadership of the Republican party. • • On February 19, 2011, Bill Armistead, a close ally of Robert Bentley, was elected Chairman of the Republican Party. On February 20, 2011, Riley's daughter Minda Riley-Campbell wrote a letter to silk stocking Republicans letting them know that Bob Riley was in the process of setting up a PAC to help ensure that Riley and his cartel maintains control of Republican Party politics in Alabama. On March 1, 2011, as promised, Bob Riley created the Alabama 2014 PAC to give Riley a forum to secretly collect contributions outside the more transparent system provided by the Republican Party. On March 15, 2011, Riley's PAC accepted a $50,000 contribution from another PAC, less than three months after Alabama Law prohibited such PAC-to-PAC transfers.
I anticipate Bob Riley may try to contend that the Republican State Leadership Committee is not a PAC. That would be both factually untrue and ethically a horrible attempt at deception. The truth is the Republican State Leadership Committee is an officially registered PAC with the Alabama Secretary of State. In fact, I’ve handed out a packet today that includes all appropriate documentation. So, let me close by quoting Bob Riley as he called the legislature into a special session to ban PAC-toPAC transfers. "We have a historic opportunity to not only reform the corrupt political culture, but to end it once and for all." I agree with Riley, in so much that today, we have an opportunity to show that we take our ethics laws seriously and will prosecute those that violate the law, regardless of their party affiliation and their prominence in public office. ###