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First weekly filings released in crucial runoff campaigns

Bill Britt

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Cash infusions into campaigns and political action committees participating in the runoff elections on July 17 were required to file the first weekly reports on June 25.

Between June 1 and the reporting dateline of June 25, the Business Council of Alabama’s political arm, Progress PAC, raised less than $20,000.00 from small businesses whose donations were under $500.00 each. It’s not sure if this anemic showing of cash contributions is directly linked to the recent exodus of BCA’s marquee members, but the poor fundraising numbers are evidence that something is amiss.

Progress PAC made $101,500.00 in campaign contributions with Steve Marshall and Twinkle Cavanaugh each receiving $50,000 and $1,500.00 going to Charles “Bull” Cory who lost his race against incumbent Republican Rep. Tim Wadsworth, who was targeted by BCA.

In the battle for the Republican nomination in the Lt. Governor race, PSC President Twinkle Cavanaugh lists $238,180.00 to State Rep. Will Ainsworth’s $24,650. However, in total cash-on-hand, Ainsworth has nearly double Cavanaugh’s money with $429,412.98 to her $221,782.97.

The Republican contest for Attorney General finds former Attorney General Troy King raising $302,120.00 -plus a major contribution of $20,000 from Franklin PAC, while current appointed Attorney General Steve Marshall filed $257,475.00. Marshall has $265,783.63 in the bank to King’s $59,723.78.

Agriculture and Industry Commissioner candidate, Lowndesboro Mayor Rick Pate, brought in $59,600.00 to Republican Senator Gerald Dial’s $9,165.00 during the same period. Pate’s campaign shows $55,953.33 in reserves to Dial’s $77,710.45.

In the top two races, PACs or contributors of note are as follows:

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LT GOVERNOR:

Will Ainsworth

Major Contribution – $500,000 from self.
BIZPAC – $2,500.

Twinkle Cavanaugh

PROGRESSPAC – $50,000.
PRIDE PAC II – $5,000.
EDUPAC – $10,000.
Raymond Harbert – $10,000.
ENPAC – $5,000.
MCG PAC – $5,000.
CAREPAC – $15,000.
Realtors – $10,000.
Honorable Tim Parker, Jr. – $10,000.
ENPAC – $10,000.
Medical PAC – $10,000.
And same old “suppliers.”

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Troy King

Major Contribution Franklin PAC – $20,000.
CASH PAC – $25,000.
CMG PAC II – $30,000.
ET PAC – $25,000.
Leadership PAC – $30,000.
Pride PAC II – $70,000.
T-Town PAC II – $70,000.

Steve Marshall

Altria – $5,000.
ALAPAC – $10,000.
COMP PAC – $10,000.
FARM PAC – $15,000.
MCG PAC – $5,000.
Alabama Power – $25,000.
BIZPAC – $10,000.
CAN PAC – $5,000.
EDUPAC – $10,000.
FAIR PAC – $10,000.
FAX PAC – $5,000.
PROGRESS PAC – $50,000.

 

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