Clif Hastings Refuses Contribution From Gambling Interests
TROY, Alabama (May 10, 2010) – Clif Hastings, Republican candidate for Circuit Judge for Coffee and Pike Counties, returned a suspicious unsolicited contribution made to his campaign from 21ST CEN PAC, a political action committee based in Montgomery. Mr. Hastings received the $5,000 check through the mail on Wednesday and returned the check by certified mail on Wednesday.
“I have no idea how this check made its way to my campaign. I have not and will not solicit nor accept money from any entity associated with gaming or gambling because this issue is currently before the courts in Alabama,” Mr. Hastings said. “Even more interesting is the fact that though the check was addressed to my post office box, somehow it was delivered to my wife’s mailbox at the school where she works,” commented Mr. Hastings.
On the other hand, Mr. Hastings’ primary opponent, Shannon Clark, received a check from CGR PAC, a Montgomery-based political action committee, dated January 5, 2010 and proceeded to deposit the funds. According to campaign finance reports filed with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office on April 16, 2010, Mrs. Clark received a contribution from CGR PAC. Campaign finance records filed by CGR PAC show $51,500 in contributions to that PAC between October and December of 2009 from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians ($14,500), the Macon County Greyhound Park ($18,500) and the Jefferson County Racing Association ($18,500).
Clif Hastings brought Mrs. Clark’s acceptance of the CGR PAC donation to light on April 30th. Mrs. Clark then scrambled to return the money to the PAC once she learned the Hastings campaign became aware of it. In an “amended” financial disclosure report filed with the Alabama Secretary of State filed on May 4th, Mrs. Clark shows she refunded the check to CGR PAC. She claimed not knowing the PAC was funded primarily from gambling sources.
“All candidates for public office should know the sources of their campaign contributions, especially a judicial candidate,” continued Mr. Hastings. “The people of Coffee and Pike Counties deserve a judge who will be thorough and makes decisions grounded in personal integrity and wisdom. It took my opponent over three months to return her gambling contribution whereas it only took me one day. My opponent’s lack of research is more than just an oversight and shines light on her decision-making process.”
Mr. Hastings is currently an attorney in Troy where he has a diverse law practice handling all types of civil and criminal matters. He has spent many years on the other side of the bench successfully trying both civil and criminal cases. Mr. Hastings resides in Troy, Alabama with his wife Gina and their three children: Clifton, Jr., Margaret, and Lucas. The family attends Troy First Presbyterian Church.