Alabama House Speaker and chair of the Alabama Republican Party between 2007 and 2011 Mike Hubbard was arrested on Monday and charged with a whopping 23 felony ethics violations.
The charges include using his officer for personal gain and voting for legislation with a conflict of interest, according to Al.com Hubbard faces up to 20 years in prison and $30,000 in fines for each count — meaning he could spend a lot of time behind bars.
Hubbard was booked into the Lee County Jail late Monday afternoon after he turned himself in. The 23 class B felonies 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, and one count of using state equipment, materials, etc. for private gain.
AL.com reports that,
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 of the above named capitulated to Hubbard’s requests.
Hubbard, however, says the indictment is all politics. In a video posted to his Facebook page, Hubbard claimed he is being persecuted because the investigation was concluded and he was indicted so close to election day.
“Friends, if there was any doubt that this was a political witch hunt, I think it is pretty clear right now that is exactly what it is,” Hubbard said. “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.”
Also charged as a result of the investigation are Alabama Rep. Greg Wren, who pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of using his office for personal gain in exchange for his cooperation. He resigned his house seat, and was ordered to pay $24,000 in restitution.
The investigation led to charges against Alabama Rep. Barry Moore, as well, who was charged with perjury and giving false statements. He pleaded not guilty, and is scheduled to go to trial on October 27.
You can read the indictment below: