Alabama: AFL-CIO endorsed Republican Candidate; Opponent Accused of Campaign Finance Violations

August 14, 2012

The state AFL-CIO endorsed the Republican candidate for chief justice, Roy Moore. Though the organization usually backs Democratic candidates, its president said that Moore has a record of “treating the average person fairly in court.” Moore has also received $55,000 in contributions to date from plaintiff attorneys. Meanwhile, a complaint was filed with the Democratic Party against Moore’s opponent, Harry Lyon, seeking to have him removed from the ballot for failing to file campaign finance reports. Lyon asserts that he is not required to file until he raises or spends $25,000, but the complaint alleges that the law was changed earlier this year to require all candidates to file monthly and then weekly as the election nears.