McLure withdraws from race for Attorney General

November 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Alabama Attorney General candidate, Sam McLure, announced that he his withdrawing from the Alabama attorney general’s race.

“We entered this race in July, invigorated with a vision to see the people of Alabama take back our government … take it back from being used as a tool to enrich the elite … take back our Government to be used as a platform to speak for the weak,” McLure stated. “It has filled me with tremendous joy and hope to see the soul of our great State rise up to do just that.”

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State Rep. Will Ainsworth holds on to fundraising lead in Lieutenant Governor race

November 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The race for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor is highly competitive with no clear front runner as the candidates all work on establishing name recognition with voters.

The candidates all reported competitive fundraising in October.  Will Ainsworth, Rusty Glover, and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh have all declared that they are running for the office in the 2018 Republican Primary.

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R-Guntersville, had a beginning balance coming into October of $1,058,437.65.  Ainsworth reported cash contributions of $45,075.  Ainsworth reported expenditures of $15,2034.79 and line of credit expenditures of $1,336.96 for an ending balance of $1,088,277.86.

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Martin says if elected as Attorney General, AG will stand for “Alabama Guardian”

October 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin (R) sent out an email announcing her plans if elected as attorney general.

“I have been traveling around the state meeting and talking with many Alabamians who are resonating with my message about why I am running as Attorney General. The AG quite simply ‘guards’ the rule of law and your safety,” Martin said.

Martin said that she would guard, “Your constitutional freedoms from assault by the left liberals or guarding against federal overreach, the prison doors and ensuring local convictions obtained by your DA are upheld on appeals & criminals serve their time, your tax dollars from wasteful spending and corrupt officials, your personal identity from computer hacks and the sanctuary of your home against domestic violence.”

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Gov. Kay Ivey and Tommy Battle top $1 million in fundraising

October 9, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle have now both topped $1 million in fundraising totals, according to the most recent campaign finance reports.

Battle has raised $1,105,351 since fundraising began in the early summer. Ivey, who decided in September to officially run for a full term, has raised over $1.2 million. She hit the $1 million mark last month, just a few weeks after her announcement.
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Sen. Dial leads effort to raise funds with Senators to aid Hurricane Harvey victims

September 19, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama state Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, is heading up an effort to raise about $3,500 with other senators to send aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“I know many of us have already contributed money to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and now Irma, but I believe a bi-partisan effort from all of Alabama’s Senators would mean a lot to our neighbors in Texas,” Dial said.

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Ivey has already raised $175,000 for a campaign she hasn’t announced

September 1, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey has received five major contributions in the past week to her gubernatorial campaign, which she still has not officially announced.

In total, she has brought in at least $175,000, so far, for her campaign for a full term, and that’s just since Aug. 25. If her fundraising continues at this pace, she will soon catch up with Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, who has more than $668,000 on hand.

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Pittman raises over $300,000 in Senate race

July 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 7, 2017, State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) reported that his campaign for US Senate has raised $302,545 in contributions for the second quarter of 2017, according to data provided to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Sen. Pittman said in a statement, “The people of Alabama need someone with integrity. I am running to shake up Washington, not to be part of the problem. Alabama needs to select their next Senator, not the Washington money crowd or a disgraced former Governor. I am 100 percent committed to this race, and have no interest in any other elected office. “While I’m the only candidate from south Alabama, I’m traveling the entire state, and our message of promoting free enterprise and personal responsibility is resonating. I pledge to work as hard these next five weeks as I have in the last five. At the end of the day, the only real endorsement that matters to me is that of the voters on August 15th.”
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Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle leads pack in donations

July 7, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, a Republican candidate for governor, is leading the pack in terms of donations to his campaign, raking in more than $360,000 during his first month of fundraising.

$195,000 of battle’s campaign war chest came from major contributions: three $50,000 donations and one $45,000 donation from businesses and individuals in North Alabama. The remaining $167,050 were smaller donations from businesses, individuals and PACs.

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Ainsworth pulls away from pack in fundraising for Lieutenant Governor

July 7, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative William Ainsworth (R-Guntersville) currently leads the way in funds raised for the Lieutenant Governor race.

Ainsworth raised more than $405,000 in June and all the donors were classified as individual or business donors. He ended June with over $390,000 in total.

“Much like Donald Trump’s campaign, ours is a grassroots movement, and I deeply appreciate the early enthusiasm from our donors and supporters,” Ainsworth said in a statement.
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Ethics ruling risks charity fundraising

December 7, 2016

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
By Steve Flowers

In a political season…giver beware!!!

It is Christmas time, and since Alabama is one of the most charitable states in the nation, I would expect that many of us are in the giving mood and plan to help many worthy causes across our great state. Unfortunately, it appears that some recent rulings by the Alabama Ethics Commission are going to make it more difficult for charities across the state to raise the funds that they need to serve our communities.
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