A political action committee (PAC) chaired by former Alabama Governor Bob Riley violated a new law banning transfers between PACs, according to a Friday press release by the Alabama Democratic Party (ADP).
The release says that a PAC which Riley chairs, the Alabama 2014 Political Action Committee, received $50,000 from the Republican State Leadership Committee PAC, based in Alexandria, Virginia, on March 15, 2011.
In the release, ADP Chair Judge Mark Kennedy stated he reported the alleged violations to Alabama attorney general Luther Strange and Montgomery County district attorney Ellen Brooks, and requested that they investigate.
You can read the document here (PDF). The press release packet also includes some supporting materials.
Riley championed the 2010 special session on ethics in which the PAC-to-PAC transfer ban was passed. He also signed the bill into law.
The law banned a practice called PAC-to-PAC transfers. When they were legal, PAC-to-PAC transfers made it easy for those who wished to hide the source of campaign contributions to do so.
The press release packet was distributed to media in the “media room” in the Frank M. Johnson Federal Courthouse in Montgomery (where media is gathered to monitor the bingo corruption trial) on Friday afternoon by a silent man who did not identify himself.
The PAC-to-PAC transfer ban is being challenged by a suit filed earlier this month by the Alabama Democratic Conference, the state’s oldest organization of made up primarily of black Democrats.