Million dollar political campaign invites controversy

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Candidates and political observers are intrigued over reports that a group called the New Sons of Liberty is about to spend a million dollars for advertising in the upcoming election. Only a few have seen the ads and no one seems to know who they support or why.

The only information the group's web site provides is its name - the New Sons of Liberty. Other than that it's hard to tell which politicians the group is either for or against. A portion of the ad says,  "Politicians won't take a stand. They claim so called electronic bingo will save our state but it's the children who will pay."

The question now is what's coming next? There are pictures of all the leading gubernatorial candidates there except for Roy Moore's. Democratic candidate Artur Davis wants something done about that. "I could care less if this is a group that is supportive of Roy Moore or simply they forgot he was running. I could care less about any of that. I'm standing here because of what it represents. It represents everything that's wrong with Alabama politics."

Davis wants all the gubernatorial candidates to support changing the law to end mysterious donations especially million dollar ones during the last week of the campaigns. "We have no limits on the kinds of groups such as the Sons of Liberty. No limits whatsoever on what they can give to influence an Alabama election. That ought to stop."

Davis wants caps  on campaign contributions. "We have no limits for individuals. One person in this state could sit down tomorrow and write a million dollar check to a candidate if he chose to do so." He also wants full disclosure of the donors. "It raises the obvious question. What's their agenda? Who's behind them?

Even the Christian Coalition's Randy Brinson says his group suspicious.  Brinson is asking all candidates to sign statements saying they had nothing to do with the ads. "I  think the safest thing right now is to say that they're going to try to influence the election with the large ad buys. I think that's what we need to be cautions of. The source of these buys are out of state interests and that their motives are not for the people of Alabama."

Brinson also says he has found out that the New Sons of Liberty group routed its money through Connecticut and that the group is a front for major corporations that are trying to influence the election. Brinson did not want to reveal which candidates he thinks the group will oppose.

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