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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bedford responds to "slush fund" comments


State Sen. Roger Bedford released a statement on Tuesday in response to reports in the Birmingham News and comments from Republicans leaders.

The following is his statement:

"I have already asked the Department of Public Examiners to conduct an audit, and I look forward to sharing the results of that audit with everyone concerned. I believe in transparency and accountability. That is why I put in the law that these funds are to be audited. The people of my district deserve to see how this money is used. What they will find is that 100 percent of these tax dollars go the people of my district for important projects without any overhead expenses like salaries or staffs. In fact, we have saved a majority of the money to offset anticipated losses from proration at the State level. I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish with these tax dollars. These monies have and will continue to help the people of our district."

Bedford went on to criticize House Minority Leader Mike Hubbard's business relationship with Auburn University

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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