By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
State Representative Paul DeMarco’s, (R) from Homewood, campaign for Congress continues to impress in his ability to raise money. Rep. DeMarco’s campaign announced on Friday that it will report raising more than $484,000 in the first quarter of 2014, making his total contributions to date more than $850,000.
Rep. DeMarco said in a prepared statement, “The people of Alabama’s Sixth District have embraced our campaign for conservative, common sense leadership in Congress. The people standing with this campaign are not the special interests of Washington, but hard-working Alabamians looking for people of courage willing to fight for what we believe, no matter what.”
Rep. DeMarco is reporting that more than 1,200 individuals have contributed to the campaign. Contributions range from $5 to the maximum $2,600 allowed by an individual under federal elections law. Nearly 97-percent of the contributions have come from Alabama. Unlike some of his competitors Rep. DeMarco did not make a loan to his campaign other than for nominal expenses.
The conservative Homewood legislator said, “People from Clanton in Chilton County to Remlap in Blount County, and everywhere in between, have responded to our call to restore Alabama values in Washington.”
Campaign Manager Rick Journey said, “The enthusiasm shown for Paul DeMarco’s campaign throughout the district indicates he has deep and loyal support for his conservative, common sense leadership. This campaign is receiving real support from real people in the Sixth District. They are backing Paul DeMarco with contributions ranging from $5 to $2,600 dollars. Rep. DeMarco is not loaning his campaign tens of thousands of dollars.”
The campaign is reporting that it will announce about $650,000 cash on hand at the close of the most recent reporting period on March 31, 2014. The quarterly report is due to the Federal Election Commission by midnight, April 15.
Rep. DeMarco is a two-term state representative seeking the Republican nomination for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Spencer Bachus.
DeMarco is running for the Republican nomination for Alabama’s Sixth District. The seat is currently being represented by U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia. Congressman Bachus is retiring after 11 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Alabama Policy Institute co-founder and former President Gary Palmer, state Senator Scott Beason from Gardendale, longtime Harbert executive Will Brooke, mattress manufacturer Tom Vigneulle, Dr. Chad Mathis from Indian Springs, State Senator Scott Beason and Robert Shattuck are all running in Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District Republican Primary.
Will Brooke has already launched two large television ad campaigns: one a conventional introduction ad and the other showing Mr. Brooke shooting the ‘Obamacare’ bill with a host of firearms before throwing it in a limb shredder. Mathis has attacked DeMarco, Brooke, Palmer, and Beason as ‘the Gang of Four’ in radio advertisements.
The winner of the June 3rd Republican Primary will face Democrat Avery Vise in the November general election. Longtime incumbent Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia is not seeking another term.