Troy King claims AG Marshall took money from gambling interests

Updated: Jul. 10, 2018 at 8:39 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Troy King alleged in a press conference Tuesday in north Alabama that Attorney General Steve Marshall was taking money from out-of-state gambling interests.

Both King and Marshall are gunning for the Attorney General's seat. The primary runoff election is July 17.

"We know they are among Marshall's biggest boosters because we know they held a fundraiser for him at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Nevada," King said.

King said they do not know who attended, but said he could conclude that casino bosses and gambling magnets attended.

"Fundraisers at the Cattlemen's Association, are attended by cattlemen. Fundraisers at ALFA are attended by farmers, and fundraisers at casinos are attended by casino bosses and gambling magnates who want to hide their money," King said.

He said he filed an ethics complaint against his opponent Attorney General Steve Marshall a week before the primary runoff election. King alleges Marshall took money illegally from the Political Action Committee created by the Republican Attorneys General Association, also known as RAGA.

King claims that Marshall violated the 2010 campaign finance law. The law banned candidates from accepting contributions where money was transferred between PACS.

A campaign finance report shows Marshall received money from the RAGA Action Fund, which is a federal PAC. King claimed it is illegal for Marshall to take this money, since the RAGA Action Fund transferred money with other PACS.

He urged Marshall to give the money back.

"I am today calling on the Alabama Republican Party to join me in telling Steve Marshall that we expect better from a republican Attorney General," King said. "We expect him to follow the law and to return these illegal contributions which he shouldn't have taken in the first place."

Here is the Marshall's campaign's response:

"These attacks are absurd. Troy King was fired by Alabama Republicans in 2010 because of political stunts like this. Clearly nothing has changed. As Ethics Commission Director Tom Albritton stated yesterday, practitioners and the Secretary of State's office agree that there is no violation of the law here. We are in full compliance and remain focused on the important issues at hand in this race."

Charlie Spies with RAGA and RAGA Action Counsel gave a response:

"This complaint is a desperate ploy from a flailing campaign, filed one week before the election, against the wrong entity, and based upon an incorrect reading of the law."

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