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Alabama: Montiel now asks for criminal investigation of AG

The Birmingham News reports: A dispute among the Republican candidates for attorney general has evolved into a complaint filed with prosecutors.

Mark Montiel, the Montgomery lawyer challenging Attorney General Troy King in the June 6 GOP primary, has asked local and state prosecutors to review issues relating to campaign contributions made to King by a political action committee based in Washington, D.C.

A Mobile lawyer who helped King defend the contributions in a civil case said it's wrong for Montiel to argue to prosecutors that a crime has been committed.

King and other Alabama candidates have relied on more than a dozen attorney general opinions when raising campaign cash, said Matt McDonald, a lawyer representing King. The state finance laws, and the advisory opinions that helped interpret them, are all anyone has to go by, he said. ...

[Montiel] sent the complaint last week to Mobile District Attorney John Tyson Jr. and Montgomery District Attorney Ellen Brooks. He took the step after a state judge dismissed his civil case based on arguments from King's lawyer that Montiel's claim about violations of criminal law had no place in a civil court. -- Candidate takes issue with PAC

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