MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley was joined by two north Alabama legislators – a Democrat and a Republican – today to urge the Senate to take action on a bill passed by the House that bans money transfers between political action committees.
Money transfers between political action committees, or PACs, are done to hide the true source of campaign contributions.
The bill to ban PAC-to-PAC transfers has passed the House of Representatives every year since Governor Riley has been in office. It passed the Senate only once during those years, but that version was so riddled with loopholes it was rejected by the House.
“It’s time for the Senate to look at it seriously,” said Governor Riley. “We have the ability to pass this but we’re running out of time.”
The House and Senate met today for the 16th meeting day of this legislative session. A legislative session can last no longer than 30 meeting days.
Democratic Representative Jeff McLaughlin, the sponsor of the bill banning PAC-to-PAC transfers, agreed.
“People of Alabama want to end the shell game of money laundering political campaign contributions,” McLaughlin said.
“We hear about letting the people vote. Well, let’s let the people see what’s really going on with the money trails,” said Representative Mac McCutcheon, a Republican.
Governor Riley has consistently supported legislation to ban PAC-to-PAC transfers.
This year’s bill passed the House on January 19 by a vote of 101-0. It has not received any action in the Senate to date.