Bob Riley registers as a lobbyist

Former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has registered with the Alabama Ethics Commission as a lobbyist.

Riley told The Birmingham News that as a lobbyist, he will focus on economic development and education issues.

Riley registered his lobbying group as Bob Riley and Associates. Riley listed on his Ethics Commission lobbyist registration form that his clients include Austal USA. That's the company that is building warships for the Navy at its shipyard in Mobile.

Riley said he has no plans to run for governor and that he would work with Gov. Robert Bentley and members of the Alabama Legislature.

Riley also listed EADS North America as a client. EADS in February lost a competition with Boeing to build refueling tanker aircraft for the Air Force in Mobile.

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