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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Anti-Moore super PAC ad draws strong criticism from Secretary of State’s Office

December 5, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill labeled a new political attack ad against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore as “voter intimidation” based on its spreading of misinformation on voting records.

Merrill’s office was contacted Monday with claims that a political ad paid for by the Super PAC Highway 31 purposefully misled people on whether voters’ personal information would be public knowledge.

“If you don’t vote and Roy Moore—a child predator—wins, could you live with that? Your vote is public record and your community will know whether or not you helped stop Roy Moore,” the ad read.

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Former Trump Advisor Roger Stone endorses Randy Brinson, denounces Luther Strange

July 18, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Trump Campaign Advisor Roger Stone endorsed Republican US Senate Candidate Randy Brinson  while also joining others in denouncing incumbent US Senator Luther Strange.

Stone called Brinson the “bright spot” in the Special Senate election. He cited his experience as former Chairman of Alabama Christian Coalition as a positive for him.

“Like Donald Trump, he’s an outsider; a medical doctor who has substantial experience as an entrepreneur, businessman and job creator,” Stone said.
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Bachus Spends $1.5 million to Hold On To House Seat

March 12, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama’s senior member of the House, Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia, has been engaged in the most expensive primary battle in the history of Alabama Republican Congressional politics.

Where normally a Republican incumbent in Alabama faces only token opposition, Rep. Bachus’s tenth reelection campaign has been a monumental struggle.  At one point Rep. Bachus had five Republican challengers.  That has since diminished to just three.  The current Congressman is being challenged by popular Alabama State Senator Scott Beason from Gardendale, Shelby County Tea Party Activist Al Mickle, and Blount County Probate Judge David Standridge. In addition to his three actual opponents the Political Action Committee (PAC), the Campaign for Primary Accountability, has targeted the veteran incumbent congressman. Rep. Bachus, the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee has fought back with his massive campaign war chest flooding the radio and television airwaves with relentless advertising.  According to a Friday Politico article Rep. Bachus said, “If I hadn’t had a million dollars in my account, I would be underwater right now.”
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Dues Check-off Lawsuit: AEA Says It Doesn’t Contribute to Campaigns, But Are Those the Facts?

January 9, 2012

By Grant Hallmark
Alabama Political Reporter

“They say they do not use collected funds to influence elections,” Derek Trotter, spokesperson for President Pro Tempore Del Marsh said of the Alabama Educators Association (AEA). “They have a Super PAC that spent $10 million in the 2010 election cycle,” Trotter continued, they are certainly influencing elections.
During a special session in 2010, the newly minted Republican legislature passed a bill that would not allow members of an organization that uses its funds to influence elections to pay their dues through government payroll deductions. That is to say, it would be illegal to pay any political organization similar to the way most companies and governments pay health insurance.
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