Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard indicted

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Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard Indicted

One of Alabama's most powerful politicians was indicted on 23 felony corruption charges Monday.

House speaker Mike Hubbard surrendered to authorities after years of accusations and an investigation into whether he used his political office for personal gain, voted for legislation with a conflict of interest and solicited favors from politicians and business leaders, among other things.

The 52-year-old has said for months the charges were politically motivated and called the investigation a "witch hunt."

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Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard indicted
This Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, booking photo provided by Lee County Sheriff's Office shows Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard. Hubbard was arrested Monday on felony ethics charges, accused of using his public offices for personal gain. (AP Photo/Lee County Sheriff's Office)
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, Chief of Staff, Josh Blades, left, talks with Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, of Auburn, as the first day of the Alabama Legislature begins in Montgomery, Ala. Hubbard was arrested Monday, Oct. 20, on felony ethics charges, accused of using his public offices for personal gain. Acting Attorney General Van Davis said a special Lee County grand jury indicted Hubbard on 23 charges accusing him of misusing his office as speaker and his previous office as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard addresses reporters at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Hubbard was announcing the Alabama House Republican Caucus legislative agenda for the upcoming session which begins Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, and Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey applaud during the State of the State address by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to a combined session of the Alabama Legislature in the historic House chamber of the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
FILE -- In this photo taken Dec. 8, 2010 Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, left, confers with Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, during a public hearing at the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. In 2010, the Alabama Republican Party negotiated a deal with a Florida company to design hundreds of glossy and colorful campaign flyers for GOP candidates seeking seats in the Legislature. The contract with Majority Strategies of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., was for $848,687. Once the deal was signed, Majority Strategies then subcontracted out the printing, shipping and postage costs of the flyers to another company: Craftmasters Printing of Auburn. Craftmasters is owned by four men including Hubbard. The deal is at the center of what is an emerging fight between Hubbard and state Senate leader Del Marsh on one side and Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead on the other side. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh talks with reporters in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. At left is Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn. The Republican caucuses of the Alabama House and Senate have endorsed a package of jobs-related bills they intend to pass in the legislative session starting Feb. 7. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2010 file photo, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, claps at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala. The summer convention season for Alabama legislators was much different than past years. Traditionally, many of those trips are to attend conventions of legislative organizations. Hubbard and Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey told legislators before the summer convention season started that they wouldn’t approve any trips because of the state’s financial problems, including a 10.6 percent cut in spending for non-education agencies. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
State Rep. Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn,talks with newly elected Republican state representatives Thursday, Oct. 4, 2010, in Montgomery, Ala., after they recommended him for speaker of the House. (AP Photo/ Phillip Rawls)
Rep. Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, left, discusses a substitute for House Bill 292 during a House committee meeting Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Garrett Davis)

"I think it is pretty clear right now that's exactly what it is. It's been going on for two years, dragging on and on and here they come two weeks before an election and make these allegations. The fact is we've done some great things in this state and some powerful people don't like it."

"I'll tell you what, I'm sleeping well at night because i know the people of Lee County can see this for what it is and that's politics at its worst."

Hubbard plans to address the media later Tuesday. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and fines of up to $300,000 for each count.

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