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Langford, lobbyist amend ethics filings to show loans

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Birmingham Mayor-elect Larry Langford and lobbyist Al LaPierre have filed amended forms with the Alabama Ethics Commission showing LaPierre paid off two bank loans totaling $125,000 for Langford.

On Sept. 21, Langford filed an amended ethics form showing that he owed a debt of between $100,000 and $150,000 to an individual.

In a separate letter on the same date, LaPierre, former executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party, filed an amended lobbyist form with the Ethics Commission listing $125,000 in loans he made to Langford in 2003 but had not previously reported to the commission.

Langford and LaPierre did not immediately return messages seeking comment Wednesday.

Langford is a Jefferson County commissioner. He was
elected mayor of Birmingham in a 10-candidate race last week and those results were officially certified Tuesday, although second-place finisher Patrick Cooper has said he plans to challenge the results. Cooper claims Langford does not meet the residency requirements to run for mayor.

In their letters to the Ethics Commission, Langford and LaPierre each said they were recently made aware of the omissions on the forms.

LaPierre said in his amended report that the loans were made in February 2003 and on June 16, 2003.

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