Alabama’s state auditor filed an ethics report Friday alleging Gov. Robert Bentley and a former adviser misused state property resources, NBC News reported.
Bentley has been accused of having an affair with his top political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
In his report — which initiates a formal investigation — State Auditor Jim Ziegler claims that Bentley and Mason "have been using state property and resources in furtherance of their personal relationship. He also cited news reports that Mason is paid by a group called Alabama Council for Excellent Government as well as a claim that she is the “de facto” governor.
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The governor said he will cooperate with the state’s ethics commission. He denies any physical relationship took place.