Riley Keeps Promise

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Gov. Bob Riley kept a campaign promise to give up a portion of his federal salary from 2002, when he missed some congressional votes to run for governor.

Riley sent a personal check for $14,385 to the state's general fund, rather than the federal treasury.

In a Sept. 23 letter to state Comptroller Bob Childree, Riley said that he was keeping the money in Alabama because of the state's fiscal problems.

The check represents the 35 days that he missed votes in Washington, D.C., while campaigning for governor in 2002. His salary as a congressman that year was $150,000.

Riley's absences in Washington became an issue in the 2002 race when his opponent, then-Gov. Don Siegelman, criticized Riley's attendance records in Congress.