HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A Birmingham bribery and corruption case out involving a coal company executive, a lawyer, and a state legislator is becoming an issue in the District 5 congressional race. Democratic candidate Peter Joffrion is trying to associate his opponent Congressman Mo Brooks with the corruption.
Joffrion is calling on Brooks to return certain campaign donations he says are associated with convicted felons. Joffrion is referring to Drummond Company VP David Roberson and Balch & Bingham Partner Joel Gilbert. The two were convicted in a corruption and bribery scheme a few weeks ago. Federal prosecutors say the men bribed a state legislator to oppose the Environmental Protection Agency's expansion and cleanup of a Superfund site in North Birmingham.
Joffrion is pointing out that Political Action Committees connected to both Roberson and Gilbert's former employers have donated to Brooks campaign. Joffrion says it's pay to play politics and North Alabama voters should be concerned.
"Both of those PACS have made significant contributions Mo Brooks political campaign war chest over the years. I think a total of $30,000 plus thousand dollars since 2010. $11,000 of that was during the 2014 election cycle, which is the operative time relative to the events that led to the convictions," explains Joffrion.