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Alabama Consumers…the Last To Know

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Unless you really are waiting for your Nigerian prince to show up with your $10 million, you probably prefer to keep your personal information out of the hands of criminals. As we have learned over and over again – your momma was right – your best asset is your good name. Nothing can soil your reputation faster than your social security number in the hands of a scammer. And it is hard to retrieve that good name – it can take years.

While national companies like Equifax and Target are required to let you know your number came up in a data breach, local companies in Alabama face no such requirement.

I love to swipe my card at my local grocer, pharmacy and ice cream shop, but how secure is it? In 47 states and the District of Columbia, consumers have a ‘data breach notification act” that gives you a head start to freeze your credit before you’ve bought a new TV and sound system in Hackensack.

Personally, I would really appreciate an email if your business is hacked and my name, social security number, birth date, and credit card number are now in the hands of an identity thief.  Sure, it is inconvenient for the business, but what about the inconvenience of ruined credit, fake accounts in your name, or your equity gone and your house mortgaged out from under you, a popular scam of a few years back.

Your protection has been blocked by Montgomery lobbyists. They have successfully killed a data breach notification bill to protect Alabama business from the ‘onerous’ task of notifying you when they are hacked. Sure, it is hard on everybody.

Listen data breaches happen. Ask Equifax, one of the largest credit monitoring companies.  It had 143 million Americans’ names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases driver’s license numbers taken in May and June.  The company discovered the breach in late July.  They told consumers on September 7th – 40 days later. As a consolation prize, for free, you can re-enter all of your personal information to a new secure site to monitor the possible damage from the last secure site.

Breaches happen because your data turns into dollars on the dark web.  Your identity has value. Just ask anyone who has struggled to restore their personal identity.  And Equifax’s hack is not an isolated incident.  Remember the Target breach in 2013?  It exposed 41 million customer payment accounts. Then Anthem, an insurance company, in 2015 had 80 million social security numbers hacked.  Last year Yahoo lost data impacting 1 billion users’.

Senator Arthur Orr introduced SB106 to create the Alabama Information Protection Act of 2015.  As Chief Deputy Attorney General, I lobbied for this consumer protection. It required certain Alabama businesses to notify you, the consumer, and the Attorney General in the event of a data security breach involving at least 500 individuals. It required businesses that receive your personal information to take “reasonable measures” to protect and secure that data and notification to the AG within 30 days if not sooner.  Business killed the bill that would have given Alabama customers the same protection 47 states, plus the District of Columbia, enjoy.

In 2016, we tried again. Senator Orr introduced SB238 to create the Alabama Information Protection Act of 2016.  To try and address business concerns the number of individuals impacted was increased to 1,000 and 60 days was given to provide notification. It exempted businesses already covered by notification laws like insurance, financial institutions and healthcare. But once again the bill died.

Businesses collect this data to enhance their ability to serve us and to market to us. We provide it to obtain goods or services. Both are vulnerable when so much stock is put on a few numbers that define so much of your life: your health records, your prescriptions, your insurance, your credit cards, the security of your home.

Don’t take chances with the lives of Alabama customers by not letting us know when you lost our identity!  Let’s join the rest of the nation and have data breach notification – a common and commonsense consumer protection for Alabamians. I urge all legislators to support Senator Orr’s bill in 2018, We need you to have the consumers’ back on this important issue.  Otherwise, you might just find that Nigerian prince riding off into the sunset with your savings account.

Alice Martin to Speak About Opioid Crisis on Yellowhammer Radio

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(Huntsville, AL) – Today at 1:00pm, Republican candidate for Attorney General Alice Martin will speak on Yellowhammer Radio with Chris Reid on Superstation 101 WYDE to discuss Alabama’s ongoing opioid crisis.

In 2016, there were 60,000 Americans who died from drug overdoses, and two-thirds of those overdoses were linked to opioids. This exceeds deaths by automobile accidents. In 2015, Alabama had the highest per capita number of opioid prescriptions of any state, and for the past several years the number of persons dying from overdoses in Alabama has been steadily climbing.
“For Americans under the age of 50, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death and this is unacceptable and requires law enforcement and medical providers working together.  Alabama lost 700 people to overdose deaths last year, and it is no wonder when we have 121 opioid prescriptions for every 100 residents.  We must do everything in our power to fight this horrific trend in Alabama,” said Martin. “We simply cannot continue on a slow path of change with the fast pace of overdoses we are experiencing .”
Wednesday’s radio appearance is one of many interviews Martin has done since launching her campaign, as she travels the state spreading a message of cleaning up corruption in the state government. Every day, the Martin campaign gains momentum and support as she works towards being elected as Alabama’s first female Attorney General.
“As a former Registered Nurse, this is an issue of great concern to me. Almost everyone I speak with has been affected or knows someone who has been impacted by opioid addiction or overdose. Education, treatment, and law enforcement are all part of the solution.  It we don’t have a positive impact now, we can expect heroin addiction to rise as well since DEA links 80% of heroin addiction as starting with prescription drugs.  I pledge that as Attorney General, we will turn this trend and save Alabama lives.”

Alice Martin to Speak About New Sexual Offense Laws

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(Huntsville, AL) – Today at 1:00pm, Republican candidate for Attorney General Alice Martin will speak on Yellowhammer Radio with Chris Reid on Superstation 101 WYDE to discuss Alabama’s ongoing opioid crisis.

In 2016, there were 60,000 Americans who died from drug overdoses, and two-thirds of those overdoses were linked to opioids. This exceeds deaths by automobile accidents. In 2015, Alabama had the highest per capita number of opioid prescriptions of any state, and for the past several years the number of persons dying from overdoses in Alabama has been steadily climbing.
“For Americans under the age of 50, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death and this is unacceptable and requires law enforcement and medical providers working together.  Alabama lost 700 people to overdose deaths last year, and it is no wonder when we have 121 opioid prescriptions for every 100 residents.  We must do everything in our power to fight this horrific trend in Alabama,” said Martin. “We simply cannot continue on a slow path of change with the fast pace of overdoses we are experiencing .”
Wednesday’s radio appearance is one of many interviews Martin has done since launching her campaign, as she travels the state spreading a message of cleaning up corruption in the state government. Every day, the Martin campaign gains momentum and support as she works towards being elected as Alabama’s first female Attorney General.
“As a former Registered Nurse, this is an issue of great concern to me. Almost everyone I speak with has been affected or knows someone who has been impacted by opioid addiction or overdose. Education, treatment, and law enforcement are all part of the solution.  It we don’t have a positive impact now, we can expect heroin addiction to rise as well since DEA links 80% of heroin addiction as starting with prescription drugs.  I pledge that as Attorney General, we will turn this trend and save Alabama lives.”

Martin Speaks to Republican Women of Huntsville

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(Huntsville, AL) – Yesterday, Republican candidate for Attorney General Alice Martin was honored to speak to the Republican Women of Huntsville at their monthly meeting.

Since announcing her campaign, Alice Martin has been traveling around the state to deliver her message of ousting corruption and bringing the public’s trust back to state government. This continues to resonate with people across the state, as more and more hard-working people sign on to support the soon-to-be first female Attorney General in Alabama’s history.

“I am honored to be the featured speaker at the Republican Women of Huntsville’s meeting, and am excited to have the chance to learn about the issues impacting them the most,” Martin said. “Conservative women are an important facet of this campaign and I will continue to take every opportunity to speak with these groups as they are keenly interested in restoring good, ethical government to Alabama.”

Martin to Meet at Alabama Sheriff’s Summer Training Conference

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(Orange Beach, AL) – On Monday, Republican Candidate for Alabama Attorney General Alice Martin will meet with sheriffs at the Alabama Sheriffs Association Summer Training Conference. Sheriffs, deputies, and members of local law enforcement will meet for four days to identify the issues they encounter while performing their daily responsibilities and how to ensure safety in their communities at the same time.

Martin plans to share her experience ousting corruption, while also learning about the issues where sheriffs need the support and resources of the Office of the Attorney General. “Alabama has the finest men and women serving in its law enforcement, and it is crucial that we give them the tools and support to root out crime and corruption at the ground level,” said Martin. “The Attorney General’s office and sheriffs across the state need to empower each other to keep Alabama moving down the path of success.”

The Summer Training Conference is aimed at teaching law enforcement how to recognize problems within the agency, as well as how to address these problems in a way that protects the public. Included in the conference is a career development program titled “Confronting the Toxic Employee.” The training lasts from July 30th to August 3rd and is being held at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, AL.

“Meeting with groups like the Sheriff’s Association is where real solutions to Alabama’s biggest problems are found. These men are the boots on the ground. They know the harm corruption can cause in county government all the way to the state house, and they agree it’s time for someone to put their foot down and protect the taxpayers,” Martin said. “This state deserves a government that lives up to the highest ethical standard, not a government that constantly tests what it can get away with. We must not settle for the status quo that has been the norm of the past decade. Conferences like this are essential to ultimately regaining the public’s trust.”

Alice Martin Speaks with Downtown Republican Women’s Club

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(Huntsville, AL) – Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Alice Martin spoke to the Downtown Republican Women of Huntsville.

Alice Martin is currently in position to be the first female Attorney General in Alabama’s history as she continues to travel around the state spreading her message. “I am encouraged by the outpouring of support I have received so far in my campaign, and look forward to speaking to more hard-working people every day,” said Martin. “The Downtown Republican Women of Huntsville understands the problems facing Alabama, and I was excited to have the opportunity to hear their concerns and share with them my plan for the AG’s office.”

After a strong month of fundraising, Alice Martin’s campaign is gaining a lot of traction with hard-working people across Alabama, as she continues to build her team and grassroots framework. “Our message is hitting home with people who want to see our government serve people, not special interest. This state has seen too much corruption in Alabama’s government for years; our citizens deserve better. It’s time to bring the rule of law back to Alabama and do away with the system that protects politicians.”

The Downtown Republican Women’s meeting took place on July 18th at Below the Radar Brewhouse located at 220 Holmes Ave NE, Huntsville.

“It has been an incredible start to this campaign, and I look forward to the hard work that lies ahead. Speaking to more groups like the Downtown Republican Women is going to be a big part of the future of this campaign,” Said Martin.
Alice Martin is a Deputy Attorney General and previously served as Chief Deputy Attorney General, running the office for Luther Strange from 2015 until his move to the U.S. Senate. Under her leadership, resources of the public corruption unit were doubled and former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was convicted. Martin also previously served as a federal prosecutor for President Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and as United States Attorney for President George W. Bush. Seeing no effort to combat corruption in government, Martin established the North Alabama Corruption Task Force which obtained 140 federal corruption convictions and earned her a spot in Corporate Fraud Report’s list of the top ten prosecutors in the country.

Alice Martin Campaign Reports Over $200,000 in First Two Weeks

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(Montgomery, AL) – Today, the Alice Martin for Alabama Attorney General campaign announced that it has raised over $200,000 since jumping into the race just two weeks ago.

“Our message is hitting home with hard-working people across Alabama who want to see our government serve people not special interest,” said Martin. “For too long, Alabama has put up with a corrupt government that has protected the politicians. It is time to elect a leader who knows how to clean up corruption, end insider backroom deals, and apply the law fairly.”

Martin announced her campaign for Attorney General on June 13th and in only 17 days has collected over $200,000. With the first month’s filings complete, the race for Attorney General is wide open.

“It has been an incredible two weeks in our campaign, and I am encouraged by the support I have received from across the state,” said Martin. “We have had an amazing start, and are ready to do the work ahead of us. I look forward to the campaign and spreading our message of cleaning up corruption across Alabama.”

Currently, the Martin campaign has $202,957 cash-on-hand. Alice Martin is a Deputy Attorney General and previously served as Chief Deputy Attorney General, running the office for Luther Strange from 2015 until his move to the U.S. Senate. Under her leadership, resources of the public corruption unit were doubled and former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was convicted. Martin also previously served as a federal prosecutor for President Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and as United States Attorney for President George W. Bush. Seeing no effort to combat corruption in government, Martin established the North Alabama Corruption Task Force which obtained 140 federal corruption convictions and earned her a spot in Corporate Fraud Report’s list of the top ten prosecutors in the country.

Alice Martin Announces Campaign For Alabama Attorney General

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(Florence, AL) – Alice Martin, Deputy Attorney General and lifelong conservative, today announced her candidacy for the upcoming Alabama Attorney General race to be held on November 6, 2018.

“We need an honest outsider candidate that will make a difference for Alabama by ending corruption and using the power of the office to protect people, not politicians. For too long, Alabamans have put up with corrupt government that has failed to adequately serve the people. It is time to elect a leader who will clean up the corruption, end the insider back room deals and apply the law fairly, regardless of who’s in power,” said Martin.

Alice H. Martin is a lifelong conservative Republican who has devoted 25 years to public service. She previously served as Chief Deputy Attorney General, running the office for Luther Strange, from 2015 until his move to the U. S. Senate. Under her leadership, resources of the public corruption unit were doubled and the former Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard was convicted. She fought back against the federal overreach of the Obama Administration on issues such as gay marriage and same sex bathroom mandates.

“Integrity must be brought back to the Alabama Attorney General’s office. Not only do I promise to faithfully execute our laws and end corruption, I have the record to prove it. To clean up Alabama, we must elect leaders who are fair, ethical, and focused on equal application of laws, regardless of political party,” said Martin.

Alice previously served as a federal prosecutor for President Reagan and George H. Bush. President Bush nominated her days after 9-11 and she was quickly confirmed by the U. S. Senate. While serving as U. S. Attorney, she established an anti-terrorism task force, prosecuted over 4,600 federal firearms, narcotic, child pornography and other violent crimes, and resolved over 8,200 civil cases. Seeing no efforts to combat corruption in government Martin founded the North Alabama Public Corruption Task Force with then Alabama AG Bill Pryor. She obtained 145 federal corruption convictions and was named a “Top 10 Prosecutor in the U. S.” by Corporate Fraud Reporter.

“My experience as a career prosecutor has prepared me for the challenges of higher office and will allow me to be an independent watch-dog for Alabama taxpayers. I will be a trustworthy servant to our state, which is in desperate need of leadership to restore public-trust in government. As your Attorney General, I will be tough on crime and focused on upholding our constitution for the good of all Alabamans. The corruption ends here,” said Martin.

In addition to being a prosecutor and law enforcement executive, Alice served as a municipal judge and as a Circuit Court Judge in Florence, Alabama in 1997, having been appointed by Gov. Fob James. She also has over 10 years’ experience in the private practice of law and as VP of Ethics & Compliance in a multistate health care corporation. She is licensed to practice law in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Alice and Louis Martin of Huntsville have been married for 28 years. They have three adult daughters and ten dogs and live in Florence.