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Grand jury probes 1999 Alabama lottery referendum

Leaders of the Alabama Democratic Party during the time of [former] Gov. Don Siegelman's failed lottery campaign attended Wednesday's session of a grand jury probing possible public corruption.

Jack Miller, former party chairman, and Giles Perkins, former executive director of the party, declined to say why they were called before the grand jury. The two, both lawyers, would say only that they were cooperating with the investigation. ...

The state Democratic Party and the foundation that was formed to promote Siegelman's lottery effort apparently swapped resources during the 1999 campaign.

The lottery foundation reported paying the Alabama State Democratic Executive Committee more than $730,000 on March 10, 2000, for "get out the vote" services during the 1999 campaign, according to campaign disclosure reports. -- Grand jury calls Siegelman's party leaders (Birmingham News)

The former CEO of Kimberly-Clark Corp. appeared before a federal grand jury Thursday to discuss the company's contribution to Gov. Don Siegelman's lottery campaign. ...

James Hawkins, a Kimberly-Clark lawyer accompanying Sanders, said Sanders was asked to discuss a lottery donation.

"As we understand, Mr. Sanders was contacted to discuss a contribution to an education foundation, specifically the Alabama Education Foundation," said Carolyne Mentesana, a spokeswoman for Kimberly-Clark.

The foundation was Siegelman's lottery campaign organization. Kimberly-Clark contributed $25,000 to the foundation on Jan. 24, 2000, according to campaign finance reports, three months after the lottery was defeated. It was not included on final campaign reports the foundation filed about a week later.

The organization, after news reports from The Mobile Register, filed an amended campaign report in 2002 that showed more than $400,000 in donations in 2000 that previously had been unreported. Kimberly-Clark's was one of the newly disclosed donations. -- Lottery supporters questioned (Birmingham News)