Ethics Commission refers four cases against Governor Bentley to DA’s office

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Ethics Commission agenda Wednesday included an executive session “to discuss matters relating to the character and reputation of certain public officials or employees.” State Auditor Jim Zeigler was in attendance when the meeting began.

Zeigler filed a complaint against Governor Robert Bentley more than a year ago on March 25, 2016, alleging that Bentley used state resources to further his personal relationship with former Senior Policy Adviser Rebekah Mason and that he paid Mason illegally from a nongovernmental entity or “dark money group, ACEGOV,” the Alabama Council for Excellent Government.

After a call to order, opening prayer, and a brief discussion of old and new business, the commission entered executive session. All members of the media and attendees were asked to leave the room. Zeigler is passing the time in a separate conference room designated for witnesses.

The Ethics Commission has found probable cause against Robert Bentley in four cases, and has referred them to the DA’s office for appropriate legal action, according to those at the meeting.

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