Audit Finds Craftmasters Made Over $ 800,000.00 From Republican Party In 2010 ElectionRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Dec 17 2012 6:14 PM
By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
At 10:00 AM on Monday, December 17th the Alabama Republican Party released the results of an audit of the 2010 election campaign. The Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee would not allow members of the press to actually have a copy of the audit; but the Committee did agree to allow press members to view the audit. Of course, ‘The Alabama Political Reporter’ was quick to accept their invitation.
Alabama Republican Party Chief of Staff Harold Sachs said that the audit has been subpoenaed by a state of Alabama Grand Jury. Sachs did not know what exactly that the Grand Jury is investigating and did not know for certain if the Grand Jury has already been enpaneled. Sachs did say that he suspects that the reason for the investigation likely concerns the use of Craftmasters Printing as a contractor for the Republican Party. Craftmasters is a printing firm that is owned by Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) from Auburn, former Auburn football coach Pat Dye, and Barry Whatley, cousin to State Senator Tom Whatley (R-Auburn). In 2010 Rep. Mike Hubbard was also the Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. In accounting terminology, that made him a “related party.” For a business (and particularly a non-profit) to award contracts to a “related party” can potentially be a conflict of interest.