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The State Ethics Commission has every right to issue subpoenas as it investigates ethics allegations against gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine, a judge ruled today. The decision clears the way for investigators to get a better idea of any communication between 10 Alabama political action committees and the source of $120,000 in apparently illegal political contributions.
Last December, a $500 donation could buy a ticket to a fundraiser featuring “Bojangles’ Fried Chicken, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, And Mel Watt, of course!” Two days later, Congressman Watt (D-N.C.) withdrew a provision from the House’s financial reform bill that would have regulated loans from car dealers. Fund-raisers by Watt, Georgia’s Tom Price and several other congressmen are the subject of ethics investigations, The New York Times reports today.