12:12pm

Wed November 18, 2009
WVAS Local

Ala senator defends money doled out by nonprofit group

Montgomery, AL – - A state senator is defending the
finances of nonprofit corporations that were created by legislators
and have doled out hundreds of thousands of dollars without being
audited as required.
State Sen. Roger Bedford said Tuesday an audit will show all the
funding is being used for important projects without any overhead
expenses.
The Russellville Democrat was responding to comments by
Alabama's chief examiner, Ron Jones, who says the state will start
auditing two nonprofit corporations created by Bedford and two
other legislators by the end of the year.
The Birmingham News disclosed that the two nonprofits have
received $800,000 in state coal severance tax funds since their
creation in 2006. The funds have gone to the Marion County
Community Development Association Inc. and the West Alabama
Development Association of Fayette County Inc.