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Alabama: 2 PSC commissioners spend campaign contributions for themselves

The Mobile Press-Register reports: Alabama Public Service Commissioners Jim Sullivan and Jan Cook have failed to file campaign finance records properly for at least the last six years, according to a Press-Register analysis.

And although their campaign reports are missing many of the spending explanations required by law, the records do document more than $200,000 the commissioners paid to relatives, grocery stores, electronics stores, gas stations, car dealerships, credit cards or themselves.

Over the last six years, Sullivan has spent more than $115,000 of his campaign funding at car dealerships, including a single payment of $43,000, state records show. Sullivan has reimbursed himself for about $60,000 since 2000, with no explanation for where the money was spent, according to the Press-Register analysis. ...

t is a crime under both state and federal law for elected officials to use campaign donations for personal expenses. Former Alabama Gov. Guy Hunt, for instance, was convicted of using $200,000 in donations for his inauguration fund for personal expenses in 1993 and was forced from office. -- PSC campaigns: Where did the money go?

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