Newspaper: Bentley worked secretly with AEA

Newspaper: Bentley worked secretly with AEA

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A newspaper has disclosed that Republican governor candidate Robert Bentley secretly lined up the state teachers' association to help produce a statewide phone call blitz in his GOP runoff against Bradley Byrne.

The Press-Register in Mobile said e-mails it obtained show Bentley's campaign used Tuscaloosa real estate developer Stan Pate as a go-between with the Alabama Education Association. AEA used its network to produce 500,000 "robocalls" by Bentley in the closing days of the July 13 runoff.

Bentley did not report the AEA campaign help after he won the runoff. But he filed an amended campaign finance report with the secretary of state last Thursday showing AEA's political action committee provided nearly $21,000 in in-kind advertising for him during the runoff.

Bentley did not respond Monday to a request for comment.

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