Las Vegas trip raises questions if Governor Bentley is on wrong side of campaign finance law

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AL.com) - There may be another chapter being written in the scandal involving Governor Robert Bentley and his former senior political advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason. It involves a trip to Las Vegas.

Our news partners at al.com are reporting the Governor, Mason, along with two staff members and his security detail flew to Las Vegas last November for the Republican Governors Association Annual Conference. They also caught a show.

According to the story, they went to a Celine Dion concert at Caesar’s palace. The group even got backstage passes so they could meet the singer and pose for photographs. Bentley even made Dion an honorary Alabamian.

But the Governor’s staff says Bentley paid for the concert tickets himself and the Republican Governors Association reimbursed his campaign for the conference and the flight. The campaign reimbursed the state with a check for $11,641.35. No taxpayer money was used, but it took almost 19 weeks to get that money in the bank after the trip.

Bentley wrote the check after ALEA head Spencer Collier went public claiming the Governor was having an affair with Mason and the timing now raises the question whether Bentley may have violated state campaign finance law in the process.

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