AL Ethics Commission: No probable cause Rebekah Mason violated ethics laws

AL Ethics Commission: No probable cause Rebekah Mason violated ethics laws

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Ethics Commission has responded to a complaint filed by Auditor Jim Zeigler regarding Rebekah Mason, the former top aide to ex-Gov. Robert Bentley with whom Bentley was accused of having an affair.

The Ethics Commission told Zeigler its investigators reviewed all the evidence and presented it to the commission during its April 5 meeting. The commission concluded that there was no probable cause to believe Mason committed a violation of the state's ethics act and dismissed the complaint.

Zeigler, long a vocal critic of Bentley, filed a complaint with the Ethics Commission on March 25, 2016, that ultimately resulted in probable cause being found against the governor that he violated four ethics laws, all felonies. Bentley has since resigned from office.

The auditor asked the Ethics Commission to look into allegations Bentley and Mason set up a "dark money" group to receive funds from unknown donors and spend it without accountability. Mason was paid partially by the non-profit group Alabama Council for Excellent Government, or ACEGOV.

Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Albritton, when reached for comment, stated:

"After a thorough investigation, the Commission determined that there was no evidence supporting the allegations against Rebekah Mason and voted unanimously in open session to dismiss the complaint."

Here's a copy of the Ethics Commission letter to Zeigler:

Zeigler said he is looking to see if there are "other options" available to him.

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