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Alabama: AG changes opinion on campaign finance filings

The Birmingham News reports: Attorney General Troy King agreed Friday that candidates must report campaign spending even if they are unopposed, but he stopped short of saying four powerful Democratic senators who didn't file should be prosecuted and kept off the November ballot.

King's office reviewed the issue raised by state Sen. Gerald Dial, D-Lineville. Dial has argued that some of the Senate's leaders should be yanked off the November ballot because they didn't report spending more than $500,000 before the June primary. ...

The Senate Majority PAC reported receiving $180,000 from Senate Majority Leader Zeb Little's campaign; $75,000 from Senate President Pro Tempore Lowell Barron's campaign; $230,000 from Hank Sanders, chairman of the Senate Education Budget Committee; and $100,000 from Roger Bedford, chairman of the Senate General Fund Budget Committee.

King said all candidates are required to file campaign finance reports if they raise and spend enough money to trigger filing requirements, which are outlined in state law. The four senators raised and spent far more than the state minimum, but they didn't file reports because they said a 1990 attorney general's opinion states that unopposed candidates don't have to file. -- King cites campaign spending rule

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