Newspaper: Bentley worked secretly with AEA

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A newspaper has disclosed that Republican governor candidate Robert Bentley secretly lined up the state teachers' association to help produce a statewide phone call blitz in his GOP runoff against Bradley Byrne.

The Press-Register in Mobile said e-mails it obtained show Bentley's campaign used Tuscaloosa real estate developer Stan Pate as a go-between with the Alabama Education Association. AEA used its network to produce "robocalls" by Bentley in the closing days of the July 13 runoff.

Bentley did not report the AEA campaign help after he won the runoff. But he said Monday his campaign filed an amended report last week after learning of additional robocall expenditures. He said he has acknowledged help from AEA in the past, but his campaign has decided not to accept money or further help from AEA now or after the election.

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