Hubbard cleared in ethics investigation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Ethics Commission has thrown out a complaint that accused House Republican leader Mike Hubbard of Auburn of using his position in the Legislature for personal gain.

Hubbard had been accused of helping pass legislation in 2000 which allowed universities to award no-bid contracts in some situations.

The complaint said Hubbard benefitted from the law when his company, The Auburn Network, reached an eight-point-five million dollar deal to continue broadcasting Auburn athletic events.

Jim Phillips, who lost a bid to unseat Hubbard in the June sixth G-O-P Primary, filed the ethics complaint.

He received a letter Thursday saying there was no evidence that Hubbard violated the state ethics law.

The Ethics Commission said Phillips waited too long to file his complaint saying the statute of limitations had expired since the bill passed.

Hubbard said today he was confident that he would be cleared of the charge.

He faces challengers Carolyn Ellis, a Democrat, and Dick Clark, a Libertarian, in the November general election.