Beth Chapman to work as consultant for Alabama Farmers Federation

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Secretary of State Beth Chapman plans to work as a consultant for the Alabama Farmers’ Federation after leaving office at the end of the month. Chapman said in an interview Monday afternoon she would help the organization recruit candidates for the 2014 campaign cycle. “I think we share a lot of the same conservative values,” [...]

John Merrill leads June fundraising in Secretary of State campaign

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Rep. John Merrill edged out former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney in the first month of fundraising for the GOP race for Secretary of State, thanks in part to pre-existing funds. Campaign finance documents filed this week showed Merrill, a Republican from Tuscaloosa, raised $80,182.85 in June, while McKinney brought in $43,261.83. Crenshaw County [...]

Secretary of State Beth Chapman: ‘Once in a lifetime’ opportunity led to departure

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After 10 years in elected office, Secretary of State Beth Chapman will resign the last day of this month to take a job in the private sector. Following her announcement Monday, Gov. Robert Bentley said he would move quickly to appoint a new secretary of state. He said, and a spokeswoman later confirmed, that he [...]

Gov. Robert Bentley says he’ll move quickly to appoint new Secretary of State

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Gov. Robert Bentley said Monday he would move quickly to appoint a new Secretary of State, following the announcement that Beth Chapman would resign from the office effective Aug. 1. “We will do that very soon, so we can ensure a smooth transition in the office,” the governor said.  Bentley said he is developing a [...]

Secretary of State unveils new reporting system, could get new enforcement powers

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Given a new set of incisors to enforce campaign finance law, the Secretary of State’s office Wednesday unveiled a new online reporting system aimed at making it easier to trace donations and publicly identify entities that drag their feet on filing. The new system will go online next Wednesday, a few days before the official [...]