Odds slim for bill to ban contribution transfers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A campaign reform bill aimed at making it harder for candidates to hide the source of campaign contributions appears to have little chance of passing in the final two days of the 2010 session of the Alabama Legislature.

The bill to ban the practice of transferring contributions from one political action committee to another passed the House early in the session, but has not come up for a vote in the Senate.

One key legislator, Democratic Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma told the Montgomery Advertiser it would be a "long, long shot" if the bill were to pass in the final days this week.

Supporters of the bill have described the practice of transferring contributions from one PAC to another as a shell game that makes it difficult to track the source of contributions.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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