Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard indicted for 23 counts of using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value while in office.
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Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, the architect of the state Republican Party’s remarkable turnaround, was indicted Monday on 23 counts of using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value while in office.
If convicted, the 52-year-old Hubbard could face up to 20 years in prison and $30,000 in fines for each count.
Hubbard on Monday turned himself in to the Lee County Jail, where he was photographed and booked. In a video posted to Facebook, Hubbard called the charges “a political witch hunt.”
“This has been going on for two years, dragging on and on, and here they come two weeks before an election and make these allegations. The fact is that we’ve done some great things in this state and some powerful people don’t like it,” Hubbard said in the video. “This is politics at its worst.”
Hubbard’s lawyer said he will hold a press conference Tuesday to rebut the charges. Hubbard reported to the Lee County Jail where he was booked.
If convicted, Hubbard faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines for each count.
Hubbard, 52, who led a historic Republican takeover of the state Legislature during the 2010 election, was charged after an investigation in his home county that has lasted more than a year.
The charges against Hubbard include 23 class B felonies. Those charges include:
- Four counts of using of his office as Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party for personal gain;
- One count of voting for legislation with a conflict of interest;
- Eleven counts of soliciting or receiving a thing of value from a lobbyist or principal;
- Two counts of using his office as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives for personal gain;
- Four Counts of lobbying an executive department or agency for a fee;
- One count of using state equipment, materials, etc. for private gain.
According to the indictment, Hubbard solicited favors from some of Alabama’s rich and powerful. They include former Alabama Governor Bob Riley, Business Council of Alabama CEO Billy Canary, Hoar Construction CEO Rob Burton, Great Southern Wood CEO Jimmy Rane, former Sterne Agee CEO James Holbrook, lobbyist Minda Riley Campbell, Harbert Management Corp. vice president Will Brooke and political operative Dax Swatek.
Most gave Hubbard what he wanted, according to the indictment, including major investments into Hubbard’s company, Craftmaster Printing.
AS REPORTED BY…
“Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, through his business interests has made almost $9,000,000 off of State Government related entities and political campaigns.”— AL Reporter, Apr. 30, 2014
“Of course, Hubbard not only used his office to prosper financially, he used his power to ruin the lives of anyone who would dare stand in his way.”— AL Reporter, Nov. 25, 2013
“Most speculation is that Hubbard’s political contributions and those of legislators in general are the focus of the grand jury.”— Gulf Coast News Today, Jan. 3, 2014
“Then, there is Speaker Hubbard, recently caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar, impotently rationalizing his own brand of cronyism and profiteering with Auburn Network Inc. and its clients by using the imaginative argument of, ‘They did it, too!’ According to the Alabama Ethics Commission, Hubbard isn’t doing anything to directly benefit the businesses he’s associated with, but they sure do seem to get an amazing amount of ‘indirect’ compensation and new work.”— AL.com, July 31, 2013
“The steering committee decided last year when we started the audit that we would not release it in order not to embarrass Mike Hubbard and reflect poorly on the Alabama Republican Party.”— Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead
“Hubbard’s official actions favoring APCI appear to violate state ethics laws regarding conflicts of interest. The actions taken by Hubbard on behalf of APCI are believed to be a part of a Special Grand Jury investigation in Lee County.”— AL Reporter, Jan. 20, 2014
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Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard indicted on 23 felony corruption charges by Lee County Grand Jury