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Alabama: Judge King's lawyer dispute campaign finance charges

The Birmingham News reports: Bessemer Circuit Judge Dan King spent $4,700 on food during the years 2003 and 2005, campaign finance records show. The question is whether those and other expenditures qualify as legitimate campaign expenses.

King's lawyer, Ralph "Buddy" Armstrong, said Wednesday that he thinks that they do, given his understanding of the state's campaign finance laws. ...

A review of King's campaign finance forms show that the judge - who has not faced opposition in two elections - spent thousands of dollars on items that do not appear, on their face, to be campaign-related.

For example, records show that King spend almost $4,700 on meals in 2003 and 2005.

The Bright Star in Bessemer and San Antonio Grille in McCalla were the most frequent entries. King spent $230 on a meal at The Bright Star, the most expensive outing, in November 2003. -- Campaign spending propriety disputed

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