Bentley Lawyer Denies Governor's Campaign Fund Violated the Law

Feb 5, 2017

A lawyer for Governor Robert Bentley is denying that his campaign fund violated the law by paying legal fees for a former aide with whom Bentley was accused of having an affair.  

Bentley attorney William Athanas says the roughly $9,000 payment for legal fees of Rebekah Mason was consistent with state law. He says that's because it involved work she performed as Bentley's senior political adviser.

The lawyer's claims are contained in a letter sent to the Alabama Ethics Commission and made public Friday. The letter follows allegations by Secretary of State John Merrill that the payments were illegal.

The former head of the state law enforcement agency has alleged Bentley had an affair with Mason.

Bentley has acknowledged personal mistakes but denies doing anything illegal.