- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A summary of ethics charges against Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard:

Campaign work:

Counts 1-4 accuse Hubbard of using his position as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, a position he held from 2007 to 2011, to direct business to his companies, Craftmater Printers and the Auburn Network.

An internal party review found that a party vendor subcontracted campaign printing work with a company partially owned by Hubbard.

The review found that during the 2010 campaign when Hubbard was leading the party, the party paid $83,524 directly to Craftmaster Printers in Auburn and negotiated an $848,687 contract with Majority Strategies of Ponte Verde, Fla., to design campaign flyers for GOP candidates. Then the Florida company spent $752,262 with Craftmaster Printers for printing, postage and mailing of flyers. Hubbard, who owns one-fourth of the printer, defended the work and has said he did nothing to steer the business to his company.

Medicaid pharmacy contract:

Count 5-6 relate to a client of Hubbard’s that would have benefited from language that was inserted into, but later removed from, the 2013 General Fund budget bill. Lawmakers in 2013 put language in the state General Fund budget that would have set requirements for any pharmacy benefit manager that might eventually be hired by the Alabama Medicaid Agency. State Health Officer Don Williamson told The Associated Press earlier this year that Medicaid did not seek that language and only one company, the Bessemer-based American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc., would qualify. The company was a client of Hubbard’s Auburn Network. Hubbard said he only worked on out-of-state matters for the group and that he had nothing to do with putting that language in the budget.

Consulting contracts:

Counts 7-14 accuse Hubbard of using his official position to obtain payments by companies, including Southeast Alabama Gas District, and CV Holdings, and for being paid to represent those companies before Gov. Robert Bentley and the Alabama Department of Commerce. The Auburn Network had a $12,000-a month consulting contract with the Southeast Alabama Gas District for marketing efforts. Hubbard said he sought guidance from the then head of the state ethics commission regarding the contract and was told it was OK under state law. The indictment also accuses Hubbard of “soliciting or receiving” payments from a third company Edgenuity, an online education firm.

Soliciting lobbyists:

Counts 15-23 accuse Hubbard of asking some of the biggest names in state politics for an investment in Craftmaster or for assistance in obtaining new clients for his companies, particularly the Auburn Network. The indictment says Hubbard solicited governor turned lobbyist Bob Riley, Riley’s daughter lobbyist Minda Riley Campbell, business Council of Alabama President Billy Canary and others.

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