Ethics complaint filed against the governor

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Governor Bob Riley is facing allegations that he violated the state's ethics law. A former state Republican leader filed the complaint with the Ethics Commission. He is accusing the Governor of benefiting his family members by awarding millions of dollars in contracts to his son-in-law's law firm.

The Governor's son-in law, who is married to the Governor's daughter Minda, is a partner in the Bradley-Arant law firm. According to the Huntsville Times, the complaint says before Riley took office Bradley Arant received about $7,000.00  for legal work from the state. During the Riley administration that law firm has received millions.

But, the Governor says Bradley-Arant is the only law firm that can do the complicated legal work needed for cases like the water wars between Alabama, Florida and Georgia. And, he says he received an ethics opinion that hiring the firm where his son-in-law works was okay. "There's a wall where he can never work on anything for the state and he is prohibited from even knowing what's going on with the state, and it's going to be that way and they know that." The Governor says that law firm has more than three hundred attorneys and there's no way his son-in-law is getting special treatment. "But do you think he's in a position at least to get more perks by being the Governor's son-in-law? if anything it's the other way around. He can't receive a bonus when the other partners do because it might be indicative of what the firm itself did. He can't. If anything he's been penalized with me being Governor."

A spokesman from the Governor's office says the son-in-law, Robert Campbell, is on salary and has never received a bonus.

The Governor also says the former state Republican leader, Bradley Unruh, who filed the complaint used to work for Victoryland's Milton McGregor.

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