CHARLOTTE, NC (WHNT) – Former Governor Don Siegelman is hoping a presidential pardon will be his golden ticket out of federal prison.
In August, Siegelman was re-sentenced to 78 months for bribery, on allegations he sold a seat on a hospital regulatory board in exchange for $500,000 in donations.
Siegelman has been meeting with Democratic party powerhouses at the Democratic National Convention. Democratic party chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and former presidential candidates Al Gore and John Kerry are among the people who have offered their support.
But Siegelman says he isn’t only after a presidential pardon. He wants President Obama to address the laws regarding campaign donations that made his conviction possible.
“One thing we have to do is what the law professors have all argued, and that is we have to address where the line is drawn between campaign contributions and a bribe,” said Siegelman. “We need to define where that starts and stops so other people won’t fall into a trap or so prosecutors won’t have such wide-ranging discretion to pick and choose targets they want to silence.”
Siegelman and his children have been gathering signatures for a petition to send to the president. Supporters can sign online on Don Siegelman’s website.
Siegelman has to report to federal prison on September 11th.