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Key Questions for #ALpolitics Mainstream Journalists

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Update: Saturday, 20 February 2021
NOTE: TO THE READER: As you read any story mentioning, involving or written by Donald V. Watkins, Sr., it must be borne in mind that he is now a Federal Convict, and along with his son, Donald V. Watkins, Jr., was found guilty of numerous charges. “Donald Watkins Sr. was convicted of seven counts of wire fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy. Donald Watkins Jr. was convicted of one count of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy.” As of the date of this note, he is in Federal Custody at Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center, an administrative security facility, having been relocated away from the minimum security Federal Prison Camp on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

DONALD V. WATKINS
Register Number: 36223-001
Age: 72
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Located at: Oklahoma City FTC
Release Date: 01/10/2024

Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Alabama
FATHER AND SON SENTENCED TO PRISON IN MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR INVESTMENT FRAUD SCHEME
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndal/pr/father-and-son-sentenced-prison-multimillion-dollar-investment-fraud-scheme

Here also is the SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT dated December 2018 entitled as:
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. DONALD V. WATKINS, SR. and DONALD V. WATKINS, JR. – 2:18-cr-166-KOB-TMP
https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1116081/download

See also: Donald Watkins, Son Sentenced For Federal Fraud Convictions
Updated Jul 16, 2019; Posted Jul 16, 2019
https://www.al.com/news/2019/07/donald-watkins-son-to-be-sentenced-for-federal-fraud-convictions.html

See also: Donald Watkins’ $1.5 Billion Question: Was It Ever Real?
Updated Feb 23, 2019; Posted Feb 23, 2019
https://www.al.com/news/2019/02/donald-watkins-15-billion-question-was-it-ever-real.html


Key Questions for Mainstream Journalists

By Donald V. Watkins
Posted to Facebook 6 October 2015
Used with permission

I know it is not my job to tell mainstream media journalists what questions to ask Governor Robert Bentley (assuming they have the courage to ask him any questions about his infidelity scandal), but I would suggest the questions below for them ask the governor (assuming they want to regain their credibility):

1. Why did you hire David Byrne as your chief legal advisor after he presided over the massive collapse of Colonial Bank in 2011, which cost the FDIC an estimated $3 billion in loses and cost Colonial shareholders billions of dollars in lost shareholder valve?

2. What possible value could Byrne have brought to your administration that would outweigh the billions of dollars in catastrophic economic damages that occurred on his watch as general counsel, senior executive vice president, and corporate secretary at Colonial Bank?

3. Why did you cause the hiring of Sarah Moore as the Administrator of the Alabama Credit Union Association when you knew that Ms. Moore was Colonial Bank’s senior executive vice president and chief financial officer for 13 years when the bank collapsed?

4. Why have you refused to voluntarily release all of the text messages between you and Rebekah Mason since 2011?

5. Did Mike Echols, your longtime personal accountant and campaign treasurer, resign from handling your personal and campaign financial affairs a couple of months ago because you asked him to write a check from your 501(c)(4) non-profit to Rebekah Mason, and Echols refused to do so?

6. When did the Alabama Council on Excellent Government meet to authorize any payments to Rebekah Mason? What person(s) issued the checks to Rebekah from this account when Mike Echols refused to do so?

7. Why did you place troopers on your security detail under confidentiality agreements? Why did Wendell Ray Lewis refuse to sign one?

8. Why did Seth Hammett resign? Did Hammett try to get Wendell Ray Lewis to sign a confidentiality agreement?

9. Why did you change the governor’s suite of offices to make staff access to your personal office more difficult and controlled? Did this change occur after you were caught in a compromising position with Rebekah?

10. Did you consult your senior political advisor prior to endorsing Governor John Kasich for president, or was this endorsement the product of your own political thinking?

I did not copyright this article because I want my fellow journalists to feel free to use these questions without checking with me for prior permission to do so.

The photo below shows David Byrne (left) with Robert Bentley (right) and is provided as a courtesy of Julie Bennett at AL.com.

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