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Why Did the Alabama Policy Institute Give Inmate Kenneth Bryan Dawson $1,077,500?

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

By: Donald V. Watkins

Copyrighted and Published on November 19, 2023; Updated November 20, 2023

Inmate Kenneth Bryan Dawson, courtesy of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

In 2021, the conservative Alabama Policy Institute gave convicted cocaine trafficker, serial thief, and attempted murderer Kenneth Bryan Dawson $1,077,500 to launch 1819 News as API’s digital media arm. 


Today, Dawson, 39, serves as 1819 News' president, CEO, and publisher.


On its website, API says 1819 News and API formally separated on December 31, 2022, and that there is "no legal, editorial, or financial affiliation between the two entities.”


Nobody claims that Kenneth Bryan Dawson returned the $1,077,500 he received to API as part of this "legal, editorial, or financial" disassociation. In fact, the evidence suggests that Dawson kept the money and continues to work hand-in-hand with API to promote its conservative agenda in the state.


Dawson’s extensive criminal court and prison records paint the profile of a man who was a very violent and dangerous career criminal. He literally traded stolen vehicles to Mexican drug cartels in exchange for cocaine that he trafficked throughout Colorado and elsewhere. Additionally, Dawson nearly beat a police informant to death for "snitching" on him.

 

Based upon our examination of the public record, Kenneth Bryan Dawson has never expressed contrition for his crimes. NOR has Dawson ever expressed ANY remorse or regret for his actions toward these crime victims and their families. NOR has Dawson issued a public apology for the hundreds, if not thousands of lives he destroyed by supplying illegal and illicit drugs to vulnerable people and communities, not to mention children.


In prison, Dawson found God. He claims to have experienced a proverbial "Saul to Paul conversion on the road to Damacus." Acts 9:1-22.

 

Dawson’s prison records explain, in part, how he got out of prison early and why he wound up in Alabama


However, nobody has ever explained why a powerful Alabama-based conservative think tank like API would pump $1,077,500 into empowering a man with Kenneth Bryan Dawson's background and continues to associate with him today on driving political policy in Alabama. 

 

In 2022, another $1 million or more reportedly flowed to Dawson’s 1819 News, via “dark money” contributions from less conspicuous mega-donors in Alabama. We know who they are.

 

On November 1, 2023, Dawson’s 1819 News executed a media "hit job" that “outed” Smiths Station, Alabama mayor Fred “Bubba” Copeland’s cross-dressing (in his home) and his James Patterson-style works of erotic fiction.  An embarrassed and emotionally distraught Copeland responded to this 1819 News article by killing himself two days later.


To date, Kenneth Bryan Dawson has expressed no remorse or apology for his role in Bubba Copeland's death. This suicide is now the subject of a homicide investigation by the Lee County, Alabama Sheriff's and District Attorney's offices.

 

After weeks of investigation, our news team has finally discovered the real ties that bind the power-players at API to Kenneth Bryan Dawson. API literally passed over thousands of convicted cocaine traffickers, serial thieves, attempted murderers, and so-called "Saul to Paul" converts, inside and outside of Alabama, to adopt Kenneth Bryan Dawson as its financially-sponsored media "hit man."


Why?


We will deliver the surprising answer to this $1,077,500 question in an exclusive investigative report on Thanksgiving Day. It's a stunner!


Stay tuned!

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Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson
Nov 21, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Another wonderful, well thought out article.


Thank you!

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livingtho2
Nov 21, 2023
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Thanks!

I look forward to our interchange of ideas relating to various issues and their underlying causes in the days ahead.

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Donald V. Watkins
Donald V. Watkins
Nov 19, 2023

This has been a very disturbing investigation. It is a rare circumstance for any organization like the Alabama Policy Institute to invest $1,077,500 in an inmate with a background like Kenneth Bryan Dawson's. If you thought Fred "Bubba" Copeland led a "secret" life, wait until you learn about the heretofore undisclosed connection between Kenneth Bryan Dawson and his Alabama-based mega-donors. It's a stunner!

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livingtho2
Nov 19, 2023

America from its inception to the present day thrives because of citizens like Kenneth Bryan Dawson. Dawson is the center of white pride, poster child and certainly protégé of a J.B. Stoner, David Dukes, and countless number of followers who embraces the theory of preeminence.

Arriving at this kind of conjecture does more to accelerate the psychic of men of ill-will to the extent where a sense of entitlement become the norm coupled by commission of crimes even murder to satisfy their lingering frustration of law and with those who are law abiding.

Another point to consider, K.B. Dawson receipt of $1,077,500 from API is not unusual even with a background linked to a barrage of felonies and malicious convictions.…

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Donald V. Watkins
Donald V. Watkins
Nov 19, 2023
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I agree with you that no African-American, Hispanic, or Native-American inmate with Kenneth Dawson's cocaine trafficking, thievery, and attempted murderer background would have been released from prison early, no matter how many "Saul to Paul" conversions he had on the "road to Damascus." He/she would be serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. I also agree with you that the Alabama Policy Institute would NEVER invest $1,077,500 in an inmate of color who possessed Kenneth Dawson's extensive criminal history.


If 1819 News had simply apologized to Bubba Copeland's family after the organization caused his suicide, I would have never investigated this matter. The refusal of a professed "Saul to Paul" convert to apologize for his misdeeds in th…


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