No More Pay to Play in North Alabama

My opponent, Rep. Mo Brooks, is caught up in a pay-to-play scandal with convicted felons. Will he do the right thing and return his dirty campaign donations?

In late July, AL.com reporter Kyle Whitmire outlined a massive political scandal in Alabama. According to Whitmire’s article, “It was the greatest astroturfing scheme ever brought to light in Alabama, involving every level of government. Now three of its ring leaders are going to prison.” One of the politicians who received money from the groups behind this scheme is our current AL05 Congressional representative, Mo Brooks.

I’m calling on Mo Brooks to return $30,000 in campaign contributions from PACs associated with convicted felons David Roberson and Joel Gilbert.

Roberson and Gilbert were convicted of conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud, and money laundering in a scheme to thwart EPA efforts to clean up industrial pollution in neighborhoods and playgrounds in Birmingham. As a Congressman, Brooks participated in the scheme by accepting tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and by signing on to a letter drafted by the conspirators to oppose the EPA’s cleanup efforts.

This reeks of pay to play politics, and my opponent should immediately return this dirty money and apologize to the citizens of Alabama for putting special interests above the public’s best interest. Elected officials have a responsibility to protect the hard-working families of our nation.

Mo Brooks abandoned this duty in pursuit of helping special interests outside his district hurt Alabama citizens. Since 2010, he has accepted $1.42 million in campaign contributions from special interests.

It’s time for change here in North Alabama because we deserve better from our representatives.

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