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Kay Ivey takes commanding fundraising lead over Maddox in September

Tuesday, both campaigns reported their end of month campaign finance filings to the Alabama Secretary of State’s office as required by law.

Governor Kay Ivey (R) raised a total of $735,457 in the month of September, bringing her total cash contributions in this election to $6,183,622. Ivey had expenditures of $563,819.50 plus line of credit expenditures of $2,340.16 for an ending cash balance: $510,888.45 entering October.

Ivey was boosted by a series of donations from major contributors. The Ivey campaign filed several major contributor reports in September ahead of their final end of month report.

Most of the major power brokers in the state are backing Ivey’s campaign and cemented their endorsements with major contributions during the month of September including: Alabama Forestry PAC $25,000, Regions Bank $25,000, Alabama Power Company Employees State Political Action Committee $25,000, ALAPAC $25,000, Drummond Company Inc. $25,000, Protective Life Corporation $25,000, FARMPAC (the political action committee of the Alabama Farmer’s Federation) $25,000, and the Alabama Realtors Political Action Committee $25,000.

Walter “Walt” Maddox (D) reported total cash contributions of $373,208 plus in-kind contributions of $14,020.09. Maddox’s campaign reported total expenditures of $349,327.64. Maddox entered October with a cash on hand balance of $500,339.23.

Ivey, despite raising almost twice as much money as Maddox during the month of September actually only has $10,549.22 more cash on hand going into the home stretch of the campaign.

Tuesday night Gov. Ivey was in Gadsden speaking to the Etowah County Republican Party’s Martin-Reagan Dinner.

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The Alabama Political Reporter asked: Your campaign raised over three quarters of a million dollars last month and over six million dollars to this point. Is that a sign that the people of Alabama, and particularly the donor class, have great faith in your abilities as Governor.

“It sure sounds like it,” Gov. Ivey said. “People are happy working, having jobs, and with the state of the economy.

The general election will be on November 6, 2018, just 34 days away.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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