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Alabama: Blake calls for removal of Bentley from ballot

The Birmingham News reports: Jimmy Blake, a former Birmingham City Council member, called a press conference this afternoon to say he was filing a formal complaint with Alabama Attorney General Troy King seeking Bentley's removal from the Nov. 2 ballot.

Blake alleges that Bentley knowingly failed to comply with the state's Fair Campaign Practices Act when his campaign accepted an "in-kind" contribution from the AEA.

That contribution came in the form of a series of phone call blitzes that were produced by the AEA for Bentley. The "robocalls" went to more than 500,000 homes across the state during the closing days of the GOP runoff between Bradley Byrne and Bentley, an election easily won by Bentley.

Bentley also has acknowledged this week that AEA -- long associated with the Democratic Party -- contributed $150,000 into a political action committee set up to help fund his campaign. However, Bentley said he never used the money. -- Read the whole story --> Former Birmingham councilman Blake files complaint seeking to remove Robert Bentley from ballot | al.com

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