Former Chancellor Now With Firm He Hired in 2009

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - After losing the Republican runoff for governor in July, former two-year college Chancellor Bradley Byrne became a partner in a law firm that he had hired while chancellor.

The Jones Walker law firm was paid $102,000 by the state's two-year college system to seek federal grants. But some state school board members say no grants were landed. Board member Ella Bell says it amounted to giving away taxpayer money.

Byrne says the one-year contract with the law firm expired at the end of 2009 and had nothing to do with him becoming a partner in the law firm eight months later. Palmer Hamilton of the firm says the firm actively sought federal money. He says there were no discussions with Byrne about joining the firm until after the Republican runoff in July.

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