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Alabama: Senators can use campaign funds for criminal defense

The Gadsden Times reports: The four senators who were indicted in the bingo bribery case can use their campaign money to pay their lawyers.

An attorney generalís advisory opinion from 2000 said that excess campaign funds may be used by an incumbent office holder to pay legal fees incurred pursuant to the defense of a criminal indictment if the indictment is related to the office holderís duties.

Federal prosecutors last week alleged that 11 people, including four senators, solicited or offered bribes in exchange for votes or action on bingo legislation in the 2010 session. ...

The question is if Means or Smith lose their reelection bids on Nov. 2, can they still use their campaign funds? Same for Preuitt, who is retiring from politics and no longer will be a legislator as of 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 3.

Attorney general spokesman Chris Bence said the office hasnít been asked if they can use their money if they no longer are state senators. Read the whole story --> Indicted senators can use campaign money for legal bills | GadsdenTimes.com

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