Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard was indicted by a grand jury on 23 separate felony corruption charges Monday. The Republican leader was booked on the charges Monday afternoon and his trial is scheduled to start October 27th. Hubbard is accused of using his office for personal gain and soliciting money and other valuables from others. The investigation into Hubbard has also led to two other Republicans being charged with crimes. State Rep. Greg Wren has already pleaded guilty a misdemeanor charge and has resigned from office. State Rep. Barry Moore has been charged with perjury and diving a false statement.
Per AL.com, Hubbard faces the following charges and either obtained favors or solicited from many noteworthy businessmen and former politicians in Alabama.
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.
As one would expect, Hubbard denies any wrongdoing and claims that this is all a political stunt. He has a press conference planned for Tuesday to address the charges. However, after leaving Lee County Jail after booking, he posted a video to his Facebook page blaming Democrats and political opponents for the “political witch hunt.”
In a moment of pure chutzpah, Hubbard also attended a campaign forum in Auburn where he debated issues with other lawmakers. He posted a photo from the event on his Facebook page.
Below is the full indictment handed down by the grand jury:
These charges make former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption, for which he was found guilty on multiple counts, seem almost quaint. At least with McDonnell, he and his wife were the recipients of gifts and cash from one single person looking for favors. In Hubbard’s case, he had his hand out to multiple people, letting them all know his office and position were for sale. Now, Hubbard is looking at a possible prison sentence of 20 years and fines that could total over $600,000.
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