LOBBYIST SAYS HIS FIRM HANDLED PAYMENTS FROM HOUSE SPEAKER ON TRIAL
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on the Alabama House speaker’s trial:
A lobbyist says his company acted as a conduit for what prosecutors called illegal payments from the Alabama Republican Party to indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard.
Tim Howe was the second prosecution witness as testimony began Tuesday in Hubbard’s felony ethics trial.
Howe says the Alabama GOP routed money through his firm, which in turn wrote checks to one of Hubbard’s company in return for a 5 percent cut. Hubbard was party chair at the time.
Howe says he didn’t perform any other service, and he’s not sure why the deal was handled that way.
But prosecutors suggested in opening statements that the payments were structured to make it less apparent the party was paying a company owned by its chairman at the time.