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Alabama: 1/4 of legislature being sued for failure to fille campaign reports

AP reports: The election officially ended Wednesday when state officials certified the vote. But litigation over it could go on for months and ultimately affect the ability of one-fourth of the Legislature and two appellate court judges to hold office.

Two lawsuits, naming five Democrats and 27 Republicans, have been consolidated into a single case to be heard in Montgomery.

Former Republican attorney general candidate Mark Montiel, who filed the initial suit against four Democratic senators, said he won't drop his case, even though others have expanded it to cover far more Republicans than Democrats. ...

In the Montiel case, the four senators followed a long-standing practice of not filing campaign finance reports when they had no opposition in the Democratic primary. Attorney General Troy King issued an advisory opinion in September, saying candidates should file reports when they raise and spend money in a primary election, even if they have no opposition.

But King said his advisory opinion should apply prospectively not retroactively because candidates had been operating under a different interpretation of state campaign finance laws that was issued by then-Attorney General Don Siegelman in 1990. -- Lawsuits over senators could have big impact

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