Former HealthSouth Corp. Chief Executive Officer Richard Scrushy threatened to fire the company's investment banking firm if it didn't provide money for Gov. Don Siegelman's campaign for a state lottery, a former executive told a grand jury. The grand jury testimony of former HealthSouth Chief Financial Officer Mike Martin was among several documents unsealed by a federal judge handling corruption charges against former Gov. Siegelman, Scrushy and two former members of Siegelman's cabinet. The judge has set their trial for May 1 in Montgomery, Ala. Scrushy and Siegelman repeatedly have said they are innocent, and Scrushy has predicted that prosecutors will be embarrassed at trial. In an appearance before the grand jury in August 2004, Martin said Scrushy initiated the push for a $250,000 donation. Prosecutors contend the money was part of a plan for Scrushy to provide $500,000 in lottery donations for Siegelman in return for influence on a state hospital regulatory board. -- by the Associated Press
Scrushy allegedly made threats to get campaign money
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