Google removes misleading Highway 31 ads

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill  announced that he has been working with Google to remove recent ads from the internet that are seen as misleading to voters about the election process.

“Recent reports to the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office indicated the existence of an ad that was targeting Alabamians with incorrect or inaccurate information intent on confusing voters,”Secretary of State spokesman John Bennett wrote in a statement from the office.”The ad made claims that the candidate a voter casts their ballot for would be made public and would be shared with members of their community.”

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Pro-Jones PAC is not disclosing its donors, the FEC has been asked to investigate

December 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Baldwin County businessman Kevin Spriggs has asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate a Super PAC that is spending large amounts against Republican senate candidate Roy Moore but is not showing any donations.

Spriggs made the request to FEC Chairman Mathew Peterson Monday.

“Mr. Commissioner – As a resident of Alabama, I have noticed a Super PAC titled ‘Highway 31’ running numerous campaign commercials in the Mobile Al television market, including an ad during the SEC Championship football game.  A search of the FEC website shows hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenses without any donors. I also checked the irs.gov website for forms 8871 and 8872 required to be filed by 527 organizations. No filings are shown for donors and expenses. If donations and expenses exceed $50,000, the IRS requires an electronic filing of form 8872.

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Orr Says He Wants to Expose Donors

April 5, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Twin bills in the Alabama House and Senate would call for a Constitutional Amendment to “regulate the disclosure, raising, and spending of moneys to influence elections and governmental actions.”

The constitutional amendment is the brainchild of Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), who says the primary purpose of the bill is to clear the way for the legislature to enact laws that would compel non-profit 501(c)4s to disclose their donors.
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Republicans Want to Limit Spending, Fundraising, Free Speech

March 31, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Twin bills in the Alabama House and Senate would severely limit the First Amendment and the spirit of Citizens United, by limiting funds raised or spent on campaigns and issues.

SB356 and HB404 Sponsored respectively by Sen. Arthur Orr and Rep. Mike Jones would, “regulate the disclosure, raising, and spending of money to influence elections and governmental actions.”

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Alabama’s own Shaun McCutcheon, a hero to many in the State and nation, fought the FEC over campaign giving and won in the 2014 US Supreme Court ruling “McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission,” believes full disclosure is right, but to limit how much money can be raised or spent is unacceptable.
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McCutcheon Defends Private Money in the Political Process

December 3, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, November 30, the Reformers Caucus released a statement warning that, “The power of excessive money in our political system threatens the integrity of our democracy.” This message conflicts with those who oppose limits on money, which they view as limits on Free Speech. The Alabama Political Reporter spoke about this with Shaun McCutcheon who went all the way to the United States Supreme Court to fight limits on the number of congressional races he could contribute to (and won).
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McCutcheon Victorious as Supreme Court Strikes Down Campaign Limits

April 3, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Fox News is reporting that today, April 2, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that limits on the total amount of money individuals can give to candidates, political parties and political action committees are unconstitutional.  The ruling removes the cap on contributions, which was set at $123,200 for 2014, but does not change limits on individual contributions for president or Congress, currently set at $2,600 per election.
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Special Election in CD One on Tuesday

December 16, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Voters in Alabama’s First Congressional District go to the polls on Tuesday to select their next congressman.  Former State Senator Bradley Byrne (R) from Montrose faces Burton Leflore (D) from Mobile in Tuesday’s special election for the open congressional seat.

This will be the third time in slightly over three months that Byrne will have to turn out his voters.  Sen. Byrne faced eight opponents in the Republican Primary and then went head to head with Republican Primary runoff opponent, Dean Young, in a race that drew national attention over the direction of the Republican Party.
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Armistead Comments on McCutcheon v. FEC Case

October 11, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, Bill Armistead, issued a statement regarding the oral arguments heard earlier in the week before the Supreme Court in the case of McCutcheon v. FEC. Prominent Alabama engineer and noted Republican activist, Shaun McCutcheon, is suing the Federal Elections Commission because he believes that federal limits both on how much money an individual can give to federal candidates violates his Freedom of Speech rights under the U.S. Constitution.
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Hillyer Campaign Off To Fast Fundraising Start

July 10, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, the Quin Hillyer campaign for Congress announced its fundraising numbers for the first quarter. The campaign has raised $62,779.73 and will report $47,426.13 cash on hand. Campaign Spokesman, T.J. Maloney said,

“We are excited and grateful that Quin’s candidacy is already attracting such widespread support. People across the First District are hearing Quin’s message of bringing Alabama’s conservative values to Congress with an intelligent and aggressive style. These donations reflect the momentum behind Quin’s campaign is building.”
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Armistead Files FEC. Complaint Against Vance

November 4, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead held a press conference to announce that he is filing a complaint to the Federal Elections Commission alleging that Judge Robert Vance Jr., the Democratic Party Candidate for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, failed to file reports to the FEC after making a $2,000 donation to the Obama Victory Fund in 2008 as required by federal law.
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