Troy King seeks restraining order to halt federal PAC donations

Published: Jul. 11, 2018 at 7:49 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2018 at 8:18 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Troy King has filed a lawsuit against the Steve Marshall campaign, requesting a temporary restraining order to try and stop Marshall from spending money King says was illegally taken from a political action committee.

According to the suit, filed Wednesday in a Montgomery circuit court, King claims Marshall's campaign accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal contributions, including contributions from out of state casino interests, political action committees and others. Under Alabama Code, a political action committee is defined as:

Any committee, club, association, political party, or other group of one or more persons, whether in-state or out-of-state, which receives or anticipates receiving contributions and makes or anticipates making expenditures to or on behalf of any Alabama state or local elected official, proposition, candidate, principal campaign committee or other political action committee. For the purposes of this chapter, a person who makes a political contribution shall not be considered a political action committee by virtue of making such contribution.

According to the suit, a $300,000 contribution made to the Marshall campaign on July 9 violated the PAC-to-PAC transfer ban because the Republican Attorneys General Association's PAC received contributions from other PACs. The suit also claims RAGA has contributed more than $735,000 in unlawful funds to the Marshall campaign.

The Marshall campaign responded to the lawsuit, saying:

This action is ridiculous. Attorney General Steve Marshall's campaign is preparing to seek sanctions against Troy King for frivolous litigation. Troy King was fired from the job of AG in 2010 by Alabama Republicans for legal incompetency like this.

Edward "Ted" Hosp, counsel for the campaign, also wrote a letter to King's lawyer Albert Agricola Jr., urging that the lawsuit be dismissed. He wrote, in part:

The claims asserted in the Complaint lack any substantive merit whatsoever.  As you are well aware, the political action committee operated by RAGA, and from which the Marshall Campaign received the contributions is subject to Federal law and Federal reporting requirements, and is in full compliance with that law.  As you also know, Alabama law is – and has been for many years – that a Federal PAC making contributions to a state candidate in Alabama is not required to register in Alabama and report its activity to the Secretary of State.

Read the full letter below:

A hearing is set for 2 p.m. Thursday in Montgomery Judge James Anderson's courtroom.

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