Nine campaign committees, PACs still have not filed 2016 Annual Reports

November 9, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office published a list of principal campaign committees and political action committees that have yet to file their 2016 Annual Report. This report documents all money raised or spent by a candidate or committee each year.

The Secretary of State’s Office says that it made numerous attempts to notify each committee member listed in the FCPA system starting May 1, 2017. Notice was delivered to each committee by phone, mail and email.

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Chess Bedsole top fundraiser in Attorney General’s race

October 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Chess Bedsole’s campaign for attorney general led September finance disclosures in both funds raised and cash on hand. Bedsole raised a total of $121,750 in contributions for the month, more than any of the other four candidates in the race for Alabama attorney general combined.

Bedsole’s strong September showing allowed him to enter this month with more than $400,000 in cash on hand.

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Republican leaders say Hammon guilty plea is evidence laws are working

September 27, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, and Alabama Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan said Rep. Micky Hammon’s guilty plea on Tuesday is evidence the laws are working as they should.

“We must not tolerate elected officials who abuse their offices for personal gain, but the guilty pleas that have been entered by Oliver Robinson and Micky Hammon in recent weeks indicate that laws on our books are working, and violations of the public’s trust will be punished when they occur,” Ledbetter said Tuesday.

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Battle raises over $200,000 in July

August 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Huntsville Mayor and 2018 Republican Gubernatorial candidate Tommy Battle reported another strong month of campaign fundraising.

Mayor Battle is reporting raising over $303,968.21 in July.  Battle reported expenditures of $10,906.32.  Battle began July with $356,133.83 in cash in his account and ended the month with $648,398.82 in his account.

The biggest contribution was actually an $85,000 transfer from the Battle Campaign.  The largest actual contributors were: W.S. Propst $50,000, Francisco J. Collazo $25,000, Harold R. Brewer $10,000, Angel R. Almodovar $10,000, Wayne McMahan LLC $10,000, Samples Commercial Real Estate $10,000, and Joseph A. Hollingsworth $10,000.
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Martin opens with big total in AG’s race

July 7, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There will be an actual race for Alabama’s Attorney General’s office.

With the opening round of campaign finance reports dropping on Thursday, the top two candidates for the job – appointed incumbent Steve Marshall and former chief deputy AG Alice Martin – reported strong totals.

The two were virtually even in donations from individual donors and PACs, but Martin had significantly more cash in the bank thanks to a $100,000 loan she made to her campaign.
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Steve Marshall raises nearly $130,000 for Attorney General race

July 7, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

In his bid to keep his post, appointed incumbent Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has raised nearly $130,000 in donations so far, barely outpacing his nearest competitor, former US Attorney Alice Martin, who was also a former chief deputy in the Attorney General’s Office.

Marshall is seeking re-election to the post to which he was appointed by former Gov. Robert Bentley after now-Sen. Luther Strange gave up his post to go to the US Senate.

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AG Strange to SOS Bennett: “I’ll Handle Campaign Finance Fines.”

December 18, 2013

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

Earlier this month, with the 2014 general elections exactly a year out, monthly campaign reports were due in the state. On the finance report due date, the Office of Attorney General Luther Strange issued an official legal opinion to a question posed to him by Secretary of State Jim Bennett: “Does the Secretary of State have authority to assess a civil penalty pursuant to section 17-9-19(d) of the Code of Alabama?”
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Conservatives look for leader not bound to BCA

July 25, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–The River Region Republicans met earlier this week to discuss the impact of changes to campaign finance laws and the need for true Conservative leadership for Alabama.

Under the new changes to Alabama’s campaign finance law, corporations can now make unlimited contributions to political candidates in Alabama races. Previously, the limit was $500.

“We’ve turned it over to the corporate dollar. Your Republican legislature gave you that, and it was signed by your Republican governor. I have some real problems with that,” said former state Senator John Rice, the leader of the River Region Republicans.
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Bentley’s Campaign Benefits From Echols’s PACs

July 8, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Governor Robert Bentley has filed his first monthly campaign finance report, showing a total of $422,500.00 in contributions, much of which came from large contributions from notable businesses, individuals and PACs.

Of the $422,500 in contributions, 86.39 percent–or $365.000–came from contributions larger than $10,000.

In his monthly report, Bentley claimed $200,000 in PAC contributions, which accounts for nearly half of all money raised. Large PAC contributions, those over $10,000, were responsible for $185,000 in campaign receipts.
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