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Incumbent Protection PACs Coming Up Short

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Over a year ago, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn wowed young Republicans in Birmingham, by telling them that he had $10,000,000 on hand for his incumbent protection plan. According to April FCPA filing with the Secretary of State Hubbard’s Storm PAC and former Gov. Bob Riley’s Alabama 2014 PAC have just a little over $1,000,000 on hand, far from $10 million.

For the first time in many months, Storm PAC actually raised money. In April, the PAC recorded total of $8,700.00 in donations.

The campaign contributions come mostly from Huntsville area residence and businesses. The largest donation of $5000 coming from P. Micheal Cole, LLC from Athens.

Storm PAC expenditures of $138,501.00, went primary to incumbent GOP House members, in $2500 and $5000 increments. The big stand outs were Reps. Mac Buttram and Wayne Johnson receiving $8500,and $8000 respectively. Sen. Tom Whatley received $7500 from Hubbard’s PAC.

But, the largest recipient by far was indicted Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, who received $25,000 from Hubbard.

The Alabama 2014 PAC only raised $48,250.00, in the month of April and spent $272,277.68.

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The once mighty fundraising juggernaut has only $880,930.19 in cash on hand with the primary just weeks away.

Like Storm PAC, Riley’s group spent most of it cash on protecting incumbent House Republicans.

Also, like Hubbard’s PAC, Rep. Barry Moore received the single largest contribution from Riley. Riley’s PAC gave Moore $25,000 on April 28.

However, the biggest winner in the campaign sweepstake was controversial mail outfit, Majority Strategies. For its work preformed for Riley’s PAC, the Florida company received $124,898.77, almost half of all money spend by the PAC.

As usual, the Riley-Hubbard fundraiser in chief Kate Anderson, racked in $7000, for her efforts. Anderson appeared before the Special Grand Jury in Lee County in the last few months. Also notability, Adams Consulting, LLC, received $9000 from Riley. Adams Consulting, LLC, is the company owned by Ryan Adams the husband of Hubbard, communications director Rachel.

Far from the millions Hubbard promised the young Republicans in Birmingham, Riley and Hubbard combined only have $1,007, 214.76 currently on hand for incumbent protection.

Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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