AEA Donated Money for Bentley; He Says None Taken

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Education Association acknowledges giving $150,000 to political action committees to help
Republican governor candidate Robert Bentley, but Bentley says he
decided not to take it.

Campaign finance reports show Bentley received small donations during the GOP primary from a Tuscaloosa lobbyist's PACs that received funds from AEA in the spring, and he got $100,000 from those PACs on Sept. 19. But Bentley maintains that money originated from other donors to the PACs and was not AEA's contributions.

His claim cannot be proved or disproved from the public reports because Alabama's campaign finance laws allow the transfer of money
from one PAC to another without providing a clear record of who is giving to whom or where the money ends up.

The Tuscaloosa News first reported the donations to PACs run by the Tuscaloosa lobbyist.

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

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