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Riley reimburses state for flight to fundraiser

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Gov. Bob Riley has now reimbursed the state for taking a state plane to a Republican fundraiser more than four months ago.

Riley’s communications director, Jeff Emerson, said Riley’s gubernatorial campaign sent a check for $760.75 to the comptroller. The comptroller was instructed to distribute the money to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Emerson said in an e-mail Wednesday.

On April 2, Riley, senior adviser Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, official photographer Robin Cooper and aide Nathan Lindsay flew from Montgomery to Birmingham aboard a plane owned by the state environmental agency, according to the agency’s flight records.

They attended a fundraiser for Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, at The Club in Birmingham. Vice President Dick Cheney spoke at the event. The Birmingham News first reported last week that the governor had not reimbursed the state for the trip.

Emerson said last week the campaign had not yet paid for the trip because it hadn’t received a bill.

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