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Alabama: candidate wants investigation of out-of-state money coming to PACs

The Birmingham News reports: A special prosecutor should investigate the millions of dollars in campaign cash flowing from PACs to Alabama candidates, a practice that violates state campaign finance laws, one candidate is arguing.

Montgomery lawyer Mark Montiel, who is challenging Attorney General Troy King in the June 6 Republican primary, asked King and Gov. Bob Riley on Tuesday to appoint a special counsel to review the way PACs fund Alabama candidates.

King's office declined to appoint a special prosecutor, and Riley's office said the governor didn't have the authority to make the appointment.

In his request, Montiel referred to $100,000 that King's campaign received from a Washington, D.C., PAC that was funded mostly by out-of-state companies. Montiel asked King in a hand-delivered letter Monday to appoint a special counsel to review the matter to "determine whether criminal wrongdoing has occurred involving your campaign and these corporations." -- Candidate wants PAC probe

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