For nearly a year, elected officials have speculated whether Gov. Robert Bentley broke the law while working with Rebekah Mason, a political adviser whom Bentley is accused of having an affair. But the governor’s use of excess campaign funds for Mason’s legal fees has taken on a different complexion.
Secretary of State John Merrill says the Alabama’s laws surrounding the use of excess campaign funds for legal expenses of someone other than the office holder or candidate are clear.
“We would not view that as a permissible expense,” Merrill stated. “When you believe you can interpret the law in a different way, yet you have no basis for that interpretation – that usually can be a very disappointing result in the end. “