Enforcement of the Alabama Ethics Laws begin with the filing of a Complaint.

  • A complaint may only be filed by a person who has or persons who have credible and verifiable information supporting the allegations contained in the complaint.
  • The Alabama Ethics Commission is prohibited from accepting Verbal Complaints, Anonymous Complaints or Unsigned Complaints.
  • The Statute of Limitations are as follows:
  • Prior to any investigation, the Alabama Ethics Commission must receive a written and signed complaint which sets forth in detail the specific charges against a respondent, and the factual allegations which support such charges.
  • The Commission has 180 days to determine whether probable cause exists. An extension of an additional 180 days may be granted.
  • It is strongly recommended and we encourage any Complainant not to discuss any matter filed with the Ethics Commission so not to jeopardize an on-going investigation.
  • Upon investigation a complaint may be:
    • Closed because the Ethics Commission does not have jurisdiction regarding the alleged wrongdoing or the Statute of Limitations has expired.
    • Dismissed due to lack of evidence to support the complaint.
    • Presented to Commission for Determination of Probable Cause.


    April 26, 2017 Advisory Opinions
    May 2, 2017  -  The following Advisory Opinions were issued by the Alabama Ethics Commission on April 26, 2017.

    Special Meeting for Considering Advisory Opinions
    Apr 17, 2017  -  The Alabama Ethics Commission has scheduled a Special Meeting for Wednesday, April 26 at 9:00 a.m. for the sole purpose of considering Advisory Opinions we were unable to consider at our regularly-scheduled April meeting.

    Press Release Regarding Governor Bentley
    Apr 4, 2017  -  Today, the Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause to believe that Governor Robert Bentley committed violations of both the Alabama Ethics Act and the Fair Campaign Practices Act. We have referred those matters to the Montgomery County District Attorney for further consideration and possible prosecution.