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From the Dothan Eagle

State school board member Betty Peters asked Attorney General Troy King for help Monday night.

Betty Peters believes that if you’re going to get something done, you’ve got to take it to the top.

The district 2 state school board member did just that last night, calling on Alabama Attorney General Troy King to investigate what she labeled as wrongdoing by a candidate for the district 3 state school board seat in last year’s election.

Peters said that Skip Smithwick, who ran for Stephanie Bell’s seat, has not properly filled out campaign finance reports detailing from where he received all of his campaign contributions.

According to Smithwick’s latest filing, filed in June 2008, Smithwick reported donations totalling about $235,000.

Not reported on Smithwick’s filing are donations from some political action commitees, including a $31,000 contribution from The Environmental Campaign
Fund, a $15,000 contribution from the Arbor Committee , a $5,000 contribution from the Fund for Alabama’s Children and Education and a $100,000 contribution from the Real Democrat PAC. The PACs listed their donations to Smithwick as required in their filings with the Alabama Secretary of State’s office.

Smithwick ran against Bell in the Republican primary, and was accused by Bell of being sponsored to run against her by the Alabama Education Association, which is more commonly associated with the Democratic party.

According to state law, failure to report campaign contributions is a class B felony.

Peters asked King to investigate the matter during a meeting of the Houston County Republican Executive Committee. King told Peters he would investigate the matter.