Challenger files ethics complaint against attorney general

A week before the GOP runoff, challenger Troy King filed an ethics complaint Monday against Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, saying the heavy financial support he has received from the Republican Attorneys General Association is illegal.

Posted: Jul 10, 2018 9:59 AM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A week before the GOP runoff, challenger Troy King filed an ethics complaint Monday against Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, saying the heavy financial support he has received from the Republican Attorneys General Association is illegal.

However, a lawyer for the Republican group called the complaint a "desperate ploy of a flailing campaign."

The Washington D.C.-based RAGA Action Fund has given Marshall $435,000 in his campaign for attorney general, campaign finance records show. In the complaint, King called the donations "flagrant violations" of the state ban on transfers between political action committees since the attorneys general association took money from PACs before giving to Marshall.

"As Attorney General, Steve Marshall should be upholding the law, not breaking it," King said in a statement announcing the complaint. "Campaign finance laws should apply to him, just like they apply to everyone else."

A lawyer for the association dismissed King's interpretation of the law.

"This complaint is a desperate ploy from a flailing campaign filed one week before the election against the wrong entity and based upon an incorrect reading of the law," Charlie Spies said.

Since 2010, Alabama has banned transfers between political action committees that can obscure the source of a candidate's campaign cash. However, a grand jury report, released in 2012 after complaints were filed against other elected officials, said the law couldn't be used to prosecute transfers that occur with PACs out-of-state.

Spies said under King's interpretation of the law, all kinds of federal PACs would be running afoul of the law every time they contributed to an Alabama race.

The Marshall campaign issued a statement saying, "We are pleased to have received support from RAGA Action Fund and trust they have complied with Alabama law."

Ethics Commission Director Tom Albritton could not comment on the complaint, but noted that others have not found wrongdoing.

"Our commission has not formally determined the substantive issues here, but practitioners and the secretary of state's office have said that it does not violate any laws," Albritton wrote in an email.

Secretary of State John Merrill said Monday that the commission has the final authority to "issue guidance" on the matter and should do so.

King and Marshall face each other in the July 17 primary runoff. The winner will face Democrat Joseph Siegelman in November.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 515208

Reported Deaths: 10290
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34981557
DeSoto33342432
Hinds32718643
Jackson24896391
Rankin22553404
Lee16439245
Madison14949283
Jones14155248
Forrest13829260
Lauderdale12305324
Lowndes11348193
Lamar10687140
Pearl River9739244
Lafayette8867143
Hancock7847132
Washington7555169
Oktibbeha7228138
Monroe7055179
Pontotoc7026110
Warren6883178
Panola6783135
Neshoba6740210
Marshall6705142
Bolivar6468151
Union642898
Pike5941157
Alcorn5912107
Lincoln5539136
George510680
Prentiss507785
Tippah495483
Itawamba4877107
Scott478799
Adams4775125
Tate4774117
Leflore4747144
Copiah458095
Yazoo457892
Simpson4565117
Wayne443472
Covington434895
Sunflower4318106
Marion4295112
Coahoma4243109
Leake414090
Newton396082
Tishomingo386194
Grenada3786109
Stone365966
Jasper341266
Attala339590
Winston317992
Chickasaw317667
Clay312778
Clarke301695
Calhoun286349
Holmes272589
Smith269952
Yalobusha244647
Tallahatchie232353
Greene225149
Walthall222166
Lawrence220241
Perry214456
Amite210257
Webster206548
Noxubee188843
Montgomery182157
Carroll175241
Jefferson Davis174043
Tunica163539
Benton153239
Kemper145441
Choctaw137027
Claiborne134639
Humphreys132239
Franklin126430
Quitman107828
Wilkinson106139
Jefferson96934
Sharkey65321
Issaquena1957
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 847064

Reported Deaths: 16157
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1163702006
Mobile743001381
Madison53394737
Shelby38395371
Baldwin38140589
Tuscaloosa36096642
Montgomery34535782
Lee25639264
Calhoun22620519
Morgan22503408
Etowah20043520
Marshall18812317
Houston17754425
St. Clair16928358
Limestone16178220
Cullman16113304
Elmore15927295
Lauderdale15042307
Talladega14234301
DeKalb13033270
Walker12119380
Blount10756193
Autauga10531157
Jackson10191195
Coffee9431192
Colbert9356210
Dale9035192
Tallapoosa7283202
Russell709665
Chilton7077170
Escambia6961144
Covington6956195
Franklin6355108
Chambers5791142
Marion5428130
Dallas5299210
Pike5124109
Clarke485586
Lawrence4841130
Winston4784110
Geneva4649136
Bibb435294
Barbour370080
Butler3445101
Marengo342793
Monroe338066
Randolph337367
Pickens334689
Fayette331385
Henry320866
Cherokee319563
Hale318589
Crenshaw261577
Washington256852
Cleburne255460
Lamar253355
Clay251669
Macon245465
Conecuh193262
Coosa185647
Lowndes178268
Wilcox178138
Bullock152545
Perry141840
Sumter139741
Greene130245
Choctaw93328
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Partly Cloudy
60° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 60°
Columbus
Partly Cloudy
61° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 61°
Oxford
Partly Cloudy
° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: °
Starkville
Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 55°
Rain coming in this weekend as a cold front moves through the area bringing cooler temperatures on into the start of next week.
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather