Auburn Trustees

Alabama Attorney General Troy King

Attorney General Troy King says he's returned a $10,000 campaign contribution from Montgomery banker Bobby Lowder.

King says he gave the money back after being asked to issue an advisory opinion about the length of the terms for Auburn University trustees, including Lowder.

The Opelika-Auburn News reported that King said he gave the money back when Auburn's interim president, Ed Richardson, sent him a letter last month asking for an advisory opinion about the trustees' length of terms.

King is a Republican and is seeking election next year to a four-year term.

Auburn issued a statement last month saying that Lowder's term would expire in 2011 instead of 2007.

Lowder is a major contributor to his alma mater and has been accused by some alumni of having too much control over the board.

King met with some alumni leaders Friday to discuss the trustee issue and said his opinion could come soon.