King files ethics complaint against Marshall

King claims there was a violation concerning transfers from political action committees.

Posted: Jul. 9, 2018 4:56 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Challenger Troy King is making an issue of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's heavy financial support from the Republican Attorneys General Association.

King filed an ethics complaint Monday arguing the donations are a "flagrant violation" of the state ban on transfers between political action committees since the group took money from PACs.

A spokeswoman for Marshall's campaign referred questions about RAGA's donation to the group.

"We are pleased to have received support from RAGA Action Fund and trust they have complied with Alabama law," the spokeswoman said in an email.

RAGA attorney Charlie Spies called the complaint a "desperate ploy" based on an "incorrect reading of the law."

A 2012 grand jury report, released after complaints were filed against others, noted the state ban couldn't cover out-of-state PACs.

Ethics Commission Director Tom Albritton said the commission hasn't formally weighed in, but "practitioners and the secretary of state's office have said that it does not violate any laws."

Secretary of State John Merrill said the commission should issue guidance.

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