MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The governor's office has spent more than $500,000 on legal bills for its crackdown on illegal gambling.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports Sunday that figures supplied by Gov. Bob Riley's administration show it has paid the Bradley Arant Boult Cummings law firm $536,115 to assist the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling.
The administration's contract with the law firm allows the state to pay up to $650,000.
Task force Commander John Tyson testified Friday in a court hearing he receives no compensation as commander.
Riley's press secretary, Todd Stacy, said the legal costs are less than half of the $1.3 million the task force has seized in raids on gambling halls. Court hearings will determine whether the state government keeps the entire amount.