Josh Moon of the Alabama Political Report gives his analysis today of why Bill Canary lost support as CEO of the Business Council of Alabama: [Canary] tried to bully his way around and such tactics quickly wear thin among grown people….lawmakers, who once happily strolled into the building and voted for anything BCA sponsored, were … Continue reading Powerful Bullies Lose
As the Business Council of Alabama collapses on the eve of the Oliver Robinson Criminal Bribery Trial, our readers ask why did Alabama Power and others seek leadership change? Bill Britt of the Alabama Political Reporter writes this morning: For over a year, [Alabama Power CEO Mark] Crosswhite and other prominent business executives worked quietly … Continue reading Lies and Impunity Kill Canary
Powerful. Connected. Trusted. Bill Canary at one point had it all. The former Chief of Staff to Alabama Governor Bob Riley is married to the former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, Leura Canary. At their height, they were the most powerful political couple in Montgomery. But in the last 72 hours, we have … Continue reading Will Balch & Bingham End Up Like Bill Canary?
Alabama Political Reporter broke the news today: This morning, a letter was delivered to the Business Council of Alabama stating that Alabama Power is withdrawing its membership from the business organization, “effective immediately.” Alabama Political Reporter obtained a copy of the letter in which Alabama Power CEO Mark Crosswhite makes clear to BCA Chairman Perry … Continue reading Alabama Power Withdraws from Business Council of Alabama
On June 25, jury selection begins in the criminal trial of two Balch & Bingham partners and a Drummond Company executive in the Oliver Robinson Bribery Scandal. If one or both of the partners are convicted, RICO attorneys would undoubtedly file actions against Balch & Bingham. With allegations of racism, unsavory third party vendors, hired … Continue reading Part 4: Southern Company, Ronnlund and The Coming Crisis
All that was missing were some tambourines and a bong. The canned and hypocritical paragraph of bull from Alabama Power, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company, about vendors conducting themselves in a “highly ethical manner” and complying with “all legal requirements” didn’t deflect but instead has amplified Alabama Power’s relationship with third-party vendors and and … Continue reading Part 3: The Bogus Environmentalists and Smear Campaigns
The Alabama Media Group (AL.com) confronted Alabama Power, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company, about their relationship with the Hawthorn Group, the outfit that hired actors to participate in public forums in New Orleans to support Entergy’s Natural Gas Power Plant. AL.com wrote: AL.com asked Alabama Power a series of detailed questions about the company’s … Continue reading Part 2: Alabama Power and the Actors
Right before Memorial Day, Alabama Power issued the following (and hypocritical) statement to the Alabama Media Group: “Alabama Power’s mission is to provide our customers with the safe, reliable and affordable service they expect and deserve.The company employs a number of individuals and organizations in support of that mission. Alabama Power requires all such individuals … Continue reading Part 1: Alabama Power and the Coming Crisis
Yesterday, it was announced that Southern Company is considering a faux “pay cut” to embattled CEO Tom Fanning: reducing his annual compensation from $15.8 million to $15.7 million, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. What a joke! But then again, what can you say about Fanning and friends? While Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson was fighting … Continue reading Southern Company CEO’s Faux Pay Cut
Our hottest two posts read on Wall Street and in Washington, DC in the past week have been about Southern Company and the third party risk of Balch and Bingham. The reality is severely regulated companies like Southern Company cannot afford to have a third-party vendor that engages in alleged unscrupulous, racist, or criminal activities. … Continue reading Southern Company and the Third Party Tidal Wave
The legal team representing Burt Newsome, the sole-practitioner attorney that was allegedly wrongly targeted, falsely arrested, and defamed in an alleged conspiracy spearheaded by a Balch & Bingham partner, has met with prominent and respected RICO attorneys outside Alabama, including a former U.S. Attorney whose “mouth-dropped” by the alleged criminal behavior, according to anonymous sources. … Continue reading RICO Suit and No Confidence at Southern Company
Even a jury will understand that doesn’t sound like professional legal services, does it? Regardless of how one feels about the coal industry, electric utility sector, pollution, or the environment, the issue that will rise to the front of the madness of the alleged suppression of African-Americans in North Birmingham will be the Third-Party Risk … Continue reading Third-Party Risk: Drummond’s Defense; Southern Company’s Failure
Institutional investors and Wall Street analysts are keenly aware of third-party risks and the ability of major corporations to manage them. Right now, Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning is under a microscope for his company’s incestuous relationship with Balch & Bingham, the embattled law firm that saw two partners indicted last September in an alleged … Continue reading Southern Company and Balch’s Third-Party Risk
In January, we reported how 2017 was a bad lobbying year in Washington, DC for Balch & Bingham who lost half of their paying clients, and one of their top lobbyists in October. Now, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, Balch appears to be faring worse: only generating $130,000 in fees as of April … Continue reading Did Southern Company Dump Balch as their DC Lobbyists?
“After [the CDLU] pointed this out, Kerr took a long pause before going full Sarah Huckabee Sanders: ‘We reviewed the information. I have no concerns about anything inappropriate.’” The Root In our call with Jim Kerr, the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Southern Company, after he said that Southern would do nothing about … Continue reading Southern Company’s 5 Seconds of Silence Turns Into Loud Explosion