Dana Jill Simpson
Life long Alabama Republican, ex-campaign worker for Bob Riley and later whistleblower.
Jill Simpson was a Rainesville, Alabama attorney, and lifelong Republican operative. She had worked for many Alabama Republican political races from Gov. Bob Riley’s first gubernatorial campaign, to the Roy Moore Campaign. She filed an affidavit in Georgia, 2007, describing a conversation that took place during a telephone conference call days after Riley defeated Siegelman in the 2002 election. The content of the call implicates the White House involvement in the Siegelman prosecution. Participating in the call were Jill Simpson; Rob Riley, the governor’s son; Terry Butts, an attorney for Riley; and Bill Canary, chairman of the Business Council of Alabama. She claimed that she filed the affidavit “because I believe everyone has a Sixth Amendment right to have an attorney who does not have a conflict.”
Her courageous act was made even more meaningful when it was disclosed that while she was discussing her decision to come forward with her disclosure, her house was burned to the ground and her car run off the road and totaled. Later (Feb. 2008) she gave an interview to CBS “60 Minutes” about her life as an investigative operative for the GOP.