Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Palmer and his top political adviser have resigned amid allegations of a scheme to conceal the number of people who worked on his 2016 presidential campaign, the Alabama State Auditor reported Wednesday.
Palmer resigned in June, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Times.
He was the top Republican on the state party’s executive committee.
His resignation letter cited “personal and financial matters,” which he did not specify.
A spokesman for Palmer said the governor’s office was aware of the allegations and would not comment on them.
The controversy came as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov.
Mike Pence, are both campaigning in Alabama.
Trump on Tuesday said he will be visiting the state.
Pence, who has made the Alabama race a top priority, is expected to visit the state soon, his office said.
Praising Palmer’s resignation, Trump tweeted Wednesday: “Great to see Bill Palmer resign from the ALGOP.
I’ve been praying that the ALGA can get back to focusing on Alabama.”
The state’s GOP said in a statement that it was aware that Palmer had resigned and was in discussions with his attorney about how to handle the matter.
“The resignation is the result of a matter between Mr. Palmer and the Alabama Republican State Committee,” the statement said.
“The matter has not been resolved.
We hope that this is a resolution to the matter and that it does not cause further distraction for the campaign.”
In 2016, Palmer, the party’s president, was charged with conspiracy to commit voter fraud, election fraud and making false statements to the FBI.
In March 2018, a federal judge found him guilty of making false, misleading or fraudulent statements.