MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — The man carrying out the audit against the Governor, Jim Ziegler, has two possible issues in carrying out this action against Bentley.
One – that Governor Bentley may have used state resources to carry out a personal relationship with Rebekah Mason. And two – that Rebekah Mason -who acts as Bentley’s senior political advisor – is not on the state payroll.
Auditor Zeigler references an advisory opinion that the ethics commission put out last month that someone serving as a public sector employee be on the state payroll. Mason lists her employer as a non-profit organization. Not the state.
Zeigler calls for an investigation into both of these points.
“I believe I’ve got him in a catch 22 with this filing. If they defend one way, one law is violated,” Ziegler said. “If they defend the other way, another law is violated.”
Governor Bentley has responded to the ethics complaint in a brief statement.
“I have always complied with the ethics laws of the state. In fact I voluntarily release my tax returns to the public every year in a spirit of openness and transparency. I have always and will continue to cooperate with the Alabama ethics commission.”