Alabama #ALpolitics @GovernorBentley Abused Office As Evidenced By Aircraft Use
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, April 11, 2016
—UPDATED 13 April 2016 to add helicopter/wallet detail.—
Alabama Governor Bentley used numerous state aircraft several hundreds – perhaps even thousands – of times, including ones registered to, or leased by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and Alabama Department of Transportation – not just the governor’s “official” craft, and used state money to pay for even more charters with numerous other private firms.
In fact, since the day of his initial inauguration, he and former wife Dianne flew 749 times – more than TWICE as much as former Governor Fob James.
The destinations and purposes for many, if not most, of the trips – including ones he made for campaigning – were purposely vaguely listed to skirt the laws, which former Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier, as head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, has said he warned the governor that such deceptive practice and use of campaign money would be illegal.
Records also indicate that state aircraft were used hundreds of times to ferry he and wife Dianne to and from their homes in Tuscaloosa and Gulf Shores, and to Auburn – even though the distance from Montgomery is less than 60 miles.
Recently, “whistleblowers” who have requested anonymity, have alleged that on several occasions following arguments with his then-wife Dianne, Governor Bentley would leave the couple’s residence in Tuscaloosa in his Privately Owned Vehicle (ironically, a pickup truck), and speed toward their beach house in Ft. Morgan. The governor’s security detail was often left wondering whether they should chase after Governor Bentley, or let him go. One such occasion in summer 2015 was recalled with specificity, when, after arriving at his destination, Governor Bentley discovered he had forgotten his wallet, and promptly ordered an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) helicopter to fetch it for him from his house in Tuscaloosa. Stan Stabler, now Secretary of Law Enforcement following Governor Bentley’s firing of Spencer Collier, allegedly was also directly involved in such picayune ferries.
That’s not including times he was picked up at Gulf Shores golf courses by ALEA helicopter and flown to the airport – less than 15 miles away – or flown to Birmingham from Montgomery for a press conference announcing his support of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s GOP presidential nominee bid.
Nor does it include the numerous flights to NCAA football games in Miami, Dallas, and Atlanta.
So, when the GOP says the state is “broke” or doesn’t have enough money for essential services, DON’T BELIEVE THEM!
Alabama has MONEY TO BURN!