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Alabama House GOP Takes AEA Money, Documents Reveal

  |   By: West Honeycutt     |   News

The Alabama Education Association (AEA) and other previously secret donors to the Alabama House Republican Conference have been revealed in documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI).

CPI received  the typically undisclosed documents from Rachel Adams, communications director for Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard.

“[W]hen the Center for Public Integrity asked Rachel Adams … for a copy of the group’s most recent tax form, she provided a version that is typically only delivered to the Internal Revenue Service and includes contributor names and contribution amounts,” the organization reported.

Among the 16 reported donors is the Alabama Education Association (AEA), which donated $5,000 to the conference. Alabama Republicans have condemned the AEA repeatedly since obtaining a supermajority in the state for the first time in over 100 years. Most recently, the Alabama Republican Party challenged at least three candidates’ access to the party ballot for taking money from the teachers union.

Other donations include $5,000 from former Democrat Lt. Gov. Steve Windom’s lobbying firm, Steve Windom, LLC; $15,000 from Alabama Wholesale Beer Association PAC; $5,000 from Alabama Power Co.; and $5,000 from Trial Trust.

A full list of donors is included below. The Alabama House Republican Conference received $100,000 from corporate, trade and other political organizations according to the report.

Name: Location: Amount:
Alabama Wholesale Beer Association PAC Montgomery, Ala. $15,000
FedEx Corp. PAC Memphis, Tenn. $10,000
Eli Lilly & Co. PAC Indianapolis, Ind. $7,500
Alabama Education Association Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Alabama Power Co. Birmingham, Ala. $5,000
Alabama Retail Association Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Alfa Mutual Insurance Co. Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Blue Cross and Blue Shielf of Alabama Birmingham, Ala. $5,000
FGA PAC Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Franklin PAC Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Future PAC Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
JM Family Enterprises Inc. Deerfield Beach, Fla. $5,000
Manufacture Alabama Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Medical Association of the State of Alabama Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Steve Windom, LLC Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Trial Trust Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Pfizer Inc. New York, N.Y. $2,500

Source: Alabama House Republican Conference’s 2012 tax return; Center for Public Integrity review of voluntary corporate filings.

Sweet Home Politics reached out to Speaker Hubbard’s Office but had not received a statement at of the time of publication.

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West Honeycutt is a small business owner in Birmingham, Alabama. He has formerly worked for political consulting firms in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery, AL.