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GOP statewide candidates have raised three times more than Democrats

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To this point in the 2018 election cycle, Republican candidates have raised $46,139,266, Democrats have raised just $13,728,473, and independent and third part candidates have only raised $553,162.

Governor Kay Ivey (R) entered the week with a beginning balance of $288,587 on October 20. For the week ending Friday, October 26 Ivey received cash contributions of $146,514 and in-kind contributions of $3,941. The Ivey campaign reported expenditures of $212,305 and an ending balance of $222,796.

The Democratic challenger for governor, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter “Walt” Maddox reported a beginning balance of $167,480 on October 20, cash contributions of $45,5765, expenditures of $62,326, and an ending balance of $150,730 on October 26.

Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth (R-Guntersville) reported a beginning balance of $324,455, cash contributions of $134,424, in-kind contributions of $5,333, and expenditures of $38,016. Ainsworth is reporting an ending balance of $420,863. Ainsworth’s campaign reported a major contribution of $50,000 during the week from the Alabama Power Employees PAC.

The Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Will Boyd continues to struggle to raise money. Dr. Boyd reported a beginning balance of only $4,813. Dr. Boyd reported cash contributions of just $180 in-kind contributions of $1,000, expenditures of $1,240, and an ending balance of $3,753. All three Black candidates for statewide office in Alabama have all struggled to raise funds during this election cycle.

Republican incumbent Attorney General Steve Marshall reported a beginning balance of $260,682. During the week he reported cash contributions of $53,800, expenditures of $2,659, line of credit expenditures of $290, and an ending balance of $311,824.

Democratic challenger for Attorney General Joseph Siegelman’s campaign reported a beginning balance of just $23,194, cash contributions of $18,659, expenditures of $25,244, and an ending balance of only $16,609.

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Republican Secretary of State John Merrill reported a beginning balance of $205,422. Merrill’s campaign reported cash contributions of $16,514, in-kind contributions of $500, expenditures of $250, and an ending balance of just $221,687.

Democratic challenger for Secretary of State Heather Milam reported a beginning balance of only $5,921. Milam’s campaign reported cash contributions of $5,670, expenditures of $6,262 and an ending balance of just $5,329.

Republican incumbent state Auditor Jim Zeigler reported a beginning balance of $12,246. Zeigler’s campaign reported cash contributions for the week of just $250, in-kind contributions of $450, expenditures of $10,328, and an ending balance of $2,168.

Democratic challenger for state Auditor Miranda Karrine Joseph reported a beginning balance on October 20 of just $2,905, cash contributions of only $365, expenditures of $245, and an ending balance on October 26 of $3,025.

The Republican nominee for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court is current Associate Justice Tom Parker. Parker reported a beginning balance of $177,148, cash contributions of $24,400, and expenditures of $133,269 for an ending balance of $68,279.

The Democratic nominee for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court is current Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Smith Vance Jr. The Vance campaign reported a beginning balance of $118,241. Vance’s campaign reported cash contributions of $76,937, in-kind contributions of $1,200, expenditures of $77,610, and an ending balance of $117,568.

The Republican nominee for Alabama Supreme Court Place 4 James Mitchell reported a beginning cash balance of $254,688. Mitchell reported cash contributions of $14,125, expenditures of just $1,152, and an ending balance of $267,661.

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The Democratic nominee for Alabama Supreme Court Place 4 Donna Wesson Smalley reports a beginning cash balance of $15,192. Smalley’s campaign reported cash contributions of $2,441, expenditures of $18,243, and an ending balance of a negative $609.

Republican incumbent Public Service Commissioner Place 1 Jeremy Oden reported a cash balance of $2,513. Oden’s campaign reported cash contributions of $1,000, expenditures of $888, line of credit expenditures of $888, and an ending balance of $2,625.

Democratic challenger for PSC Place 1 Kara McClure has a beginning cash balance of $6,822. McClure’s campaign collected cash contributions of $5,565 and had expenditures of $6,115, for an ending balance of $5,772.

Republican incumbent Public Service Commissioner Place 2 Chris “Chip” Beeker reported a beginning and closing cash balance of $3,440. Commissioner Beeker did not raise any money or spend any money in his most recent weekly report.

Democratic challenger for PSC Place 2 Kari Swenson-Powell reported a beginning balance of $7,964. Swenson-Powell’s campaign reported cash contributions of $75, expenditures of $1,959, and a cash ending balance of $6,080.

The General election is just seven days away on Tuesday, November 6.

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Brandon Moseley
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Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with over nine years at Alabama Political Reporter. During that time he has written 8,297 articles for APR. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.

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