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Alabama: Montiel sues to block King from spending PAC funds

The Birmingham News reports: A state judge will consider Friday whether Attorney General Troy King received illegal campaign contributions from PACs, an argument that could affect how Alabama candidates use political action committees to raise millions of dollars.

Mobile County Circuit Judge James C. Wood scheduled the hearing to consider a complaint filed Monday by King's campaign opponent in the June 6 GOP primary, Montgomery lawyer Mark Montiel. The complaint targets the fund-raising practice that allows companies to give tens of thousands of dollars to dozens of PACs, which then send the money to candidates.

Montiel argues that King's campaign received $100,000 from a Washington, D.C.-based political action committee in violation of state campaign finance laws.

King received all but $1,750 of the more than $100,000 raised by the Republican State Leadership Committee. The PAC received its money from 13 companies that otherwise would have been limited to giving King $500. -- King opponent challenges PAC gifts

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