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After ‘unintentional’ violation, McDonald resigns from state Ethics Commission

MONTGOMERY — Stan McDonald, a member of the Alabama Ethics Commission, resigned his post Wednesday after apparently committing ethics violations.

McDonald revealed this week he donated to Republican campaigns while serving as one of the three commissioners, which is against ethics rules.

“Reflecting upon my learning this past week that some of my actions while serving as a member of the Alabama Ethics Commission are very possibly prohibited by law, I have decided to hereby resign from the Alabama Ethics Commission,” McDonald said in a statement. “My breach was unintentional but I know it’s right to own my actions. I’ve learned from learned folks over the years that sometimes when you mess up, that all you can do is make a better decision next time.

“It’s called doing the next right thing. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served and I remain committed to the rule of law and our fine system.”

McDonald is an Athens attorney and a former probate judge in Limestone County. He was a political advisor to U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) and former U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville). McDonald was appointed to serve on the Alabama Ethics Commission in 2019.

McDonald’s five-year appointment was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate in 2019.

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