Adviser Says Her Company Got $91,000 For Governor’s Work


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley’s senior political adviser says her company was paid $91,000 last year for consulting work for the governor and his agenda.

Rebekah Caldwell Mason on Friday released a summary of payments after questions about how she is paid. She plays a key role in Bentley’s administration but is not on state payroll.

Mason says Bentley’s campaign paid her $76,500 in 2015, the year she became his senior adviser. A nonprofit that promotes Bentley’s agenda paid her company $15,000 for separate consulting work.

Bentley on Wednesday admitting to making “inappropriate” remarks to Mason. State Auditor Jim Zeigler says he was asking the state ethics commission to investigate the pay arrangement and the relationship.

Bentley says he has complied with state ethics law and never had a physical relationship with Mason.

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