Records: AEA paid for all of Byrne attack ad campaign

File Photo: Bradley Byrne
File Photo: Bradley Byrne

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Newly released records show the Alabama Education Association provided every dollar of the advertising campaign that targeted Bradley Byrne and helped defeat him in the Republican runoff for governor.

An organization called the Conservative Coalition for Alabama ran the ads in the July runoff that criticized Byrne's record. But it was secretive and the source of its funds wasn't known.

Now a financial report the organization filed with the Internal Revenue Service shows its only donor was AEA, which provided $750,000. The coalition reported spending slightly more than $711,000.

AEA favored Robert Bentley, who won the Republican runoff July 13 with 56 percent of the vote against Byrne.

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