Ethics Commission examines complaints against Ala. Secretary of State

Published 12:23 pm Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The State Ethics Commission meets Wednesday to review a complaint about Secretary of State Beth Chapman using her campaign fund to pay family members and her business.

The complaint was filed by Montgomery attorney Mark Montiel, who was a Republican candidate for attorney general in 2006.

Montiel says he asked the commission to review how Chapman raised campaign money after her election and then paid nearly $42,000 to her business and to family members. Montiel says the ethics law provides that a candidate shouldn’t convert campaign donations to personal use.

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The Republican secretary of state declined comment, pending action by the Ethics Commission. Chapman’s campaign finance reports indicate she was paying family members for work they did in her campaign.