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Rogers reports $697,688 in campaign cash

Brandon Moseley

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Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Saks, reports raising $410,592.64 in cash during the first half of 2019.

Federal candidates are required to report their campaign finance reports every six months with the Federal Elections Committee.

Rogers reported receipts of $410,592.64, campaign expenditures of $240,590.59 and a cash balance on June 30 of $697,688.08.

No Republican primary challenger has come forward as of yet.

Hannah Thompson has filed paperwork with the FEC for a possible run as a democrat. To this point, Thompson has not made any sort of announcement declaring that she is a candidate and has not filed a report with the FEC.

Rogers has represented the Third Congressional District since 2003. He is presently serving in his ninth term in Congress.

Rogers reported total contributions of $410,177.00. Of that total, $191,777 were from individual contributions. Rogers reported other committee contributions of $216,400. Rogers also reported Party committee contributions of $2,000. That $2,000 contribution came from the Scalise for Congress committee.

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Rogers reported 148 individual contributions ranging from $200 to $2,800.

Most of Rogers individual contributions came from Alabama. His top contributors include William Wilson of Montgomery, who contributed $2,800 to Rogers. Wilson is the vice president of development with Wilson Holdings, Inc. James Wilson III of Montgomery contributed $2,800 to Rogers. Wilson is the president of Wilson Holdings, Inc. W.K. Upchurch of Montgomery donated $2,800 to Rogers campaign. Upchurch is the owner of W.K. Upchurch Construction. Gene Smith of Hoover donated $2,800 to Rogers. Smith is the owner of Hoover Tactical Firearms. Jim Ridling of Pike Road donated $2,800 to Rogers. Ridling is the Alabama Commissioner of Insurance. Robert Pirnie of Montgomery contributed $2,800 to Rogers. Pirnie is the vice president of information technology for Conference America. Forrest McConnell of Montgomery contributed $2,800 to Rogers’ campaign. McConnell is the owner of McConnell Honda Acura, an automobile dealership. James Lowder of Montgomery contributed $2,800 to Rogers. Lowder is the owner of Lowder Homes. Daniel Hughes of Montgomery contributed $2,800 to Rogers. Hughes is the CEO of Sumit America. Jake Aronov of Montgomery contributed $2,800 to Rogers. Aronov is the owner of Aronov Realty. Rogers reported 39 contributions of $2,700 or more.

The Rogers campaign reported 118 contributions from other committees totaling $216,400. The biggest of these include: Majority Committee PAC made two $5,000 contributions to Rogers. Leidos INC PAC made a $5,000 contribution to Rogers. L3 Harris Technologies INC. made two $5,000 contributions. ELBIT Systems of America PAC made a $5,000 contribution to Rogers. AFLAC PAC made a $5,000 contribution. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama PAC made two $5,000 contributions to Rogers. Radiance Technologies PAC made a $5,000 contribution. Dynetics INC PAC made a $5,000 contribution to Rogers. General Atomics PAC made a $5,000 contribution. Alabama Power Co Employees Federal PAC made a $5,000 contribution. Balch and Bingham LLP Federal PAC made a $5,000 contribution.

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Prior to his service in Congress, Rogers represented Calhoun County in the Alabama House of Representatives. He also previously served on the Calhoun County Commission.

In 2018, Rogers defeated a spirited general election challenge from former Miss America Mallory Hagan 63.7 percent to 36.2 percent. Rogers was unopposed in the 2018 Republican primary.

The Third Congressional District of Alabama has been under republican control since businessman, car dealer and chicken farmer Bob Riley beat then State Sen. Ted Little 50.4 to 47.3 percent for the open seat. Congressman Glen Browder gave up the seat to run for the open Senate seat that year but lost in the democratic primary to State Sen. Roger Bedford. Bedford went on to lose the general election to then Alabama Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The major party primaries will be on March 3.

Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with eight and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. 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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FarmPAC endorses congressional candidate Barry Moore

“I’m pleased that FarmPAC has seen fit to endorse me in this election,” Moore said.

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Congressional candidate Barry Moore (VIA MOORE CAMPAIGN)

Republican congressional candidate Barry Moore thanked the Alabama Farmers Federation political action committee, FarmPAC, for endorsing Moore in next week’s 2nd Congressional District general election race.

“I’ve always been proud of the fact that I grew up on a farm,” Moore said. “Farm life teaches you to respect God’s good earth and everything in it. It taught me the value of hard work, and that not everything, like the weather, will always go the way you want it to no matter what you do or how hard you work. That’s something I think a lot of people these days could do with learning.”

“I’m pleased that FarmPAC has seen fit to endorse me in this election,” Moore said. “I’ll continue to be a strong supporter of our farmers and all the businesses that support and rely on them, just like I’ve always been. District 2 is an agricultural district first and foremost, and we can’t forget that.”

“I look forward to working in the next Congress to support Alabama’s farmers and agribusiness by making it easier for them to access new markets and new technologies,” Moore added. “We also need to make sure they aren’t weighed down by excessive regulations and have the backing they need from Washington to compete globally. I have every confidence that, given a chance, Alabama’s farmers can compete with anyone, anywhere. My job in Congress will be to make sure they have that chance.”

A full list of FarmPAC’s endorsements is available here. FarmPAC previously endorsed Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman in the Republican primary, but he was bested by Moore in a Republican primary runoff.

Moore faces Democratic nominee Phyllis Harvey-Hall for the open seat.

Moore is a veteran, small businessman, husband, and father of four from Enterprise. Moore and his wife, Heather, own a waste management business in Enterprise. Moore was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

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Incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Alabama, is retiring from Congress after five terms.

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Jones to attend Auburn student forum, Tuberville hasn’t yet responded to invitation

Jones has agreed to attend the forum, but it was unclear whether Tuberville planned to attend.

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Sen. Doug Jones, left, and Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville, right.

The College Democrats at Auburn University and the College Republicans at Auburn University have asked U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, and his Republican opponent, Tommy Tuberville, to attend a student forum on Wednesday.

“We are excited to invite the candidates running for our U.S. Senate seat and provide this opportunity for any Auburn student to hear directly from them, and we hope it will inform our student bodies’ decisions with the November 3rd election only days away,” said Carsten Grove, president of the College Democrats at Auburn University, in a statement.

Jones has agreed to attend the forum, Auburn University College Democrats confirmed for APR on Sunday, but it was unclear whether Tuberville planned to attend. The student organization  was still awaiting a response from Tuberville’s campaign.

Jones has for months requested Tuberville join him in a debate, but Tuberville has declined.

“AUCR takes great pleasure in coming together with AUCD to co-host the Alabama Senate candidates in this forum. We are looking forward to a very informative and constructive event,” said Lydia Maxwell, president of the College Republicans at Auburn University.

Dr. Ryan Williamson, assistant professor of political science, is to emcee the forum, which will be open to all Auburn University students in the Mell Classroom Building at 6 p.m., according to a press release from the College Democrats at Auburn University.

Students will be permitted 30 seconds to ask a question of either candidate, and each candidate will have two minutes to answer, according to the release.

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Capacity at the forum will be limited and precautions taken due to COVID-19. Any student with an Auburn ID is welcome and attendance will be first come, first served.

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Trump Truck and boat parades this weekend

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Trump boat parade

As Election Day draws near, Alabama Republicans are excited about promoting the re-election of Donald J. Trump as President and the election of Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate. This weekend two pro-President Trump events are happening in the state. There will be a truck parade from Ashland to Phenix City on Saturday sponsored by the Clay County Republican Party, while there will also be a boat parade on Wilson Lake in the Shoals sponsored by the Colbert County Republican Party on Sunday.

The pickup trucks will assemble at the Ashland Industrial Park in Clay County, 8240 Hwy 9, Ashland. There is a pre-departure rally at 10:00 a.m. central standard time. The trucks will depart at 11:00 a.m. and then proceed on a parade route that will take them into the bitterly contested swing state of Georgia. The Trump Pickup Parade will wind through east Alabama and West Georgia traveling through LaGrange and Columbus before concluding near the Alabama/Georgia line in Phenix City, 332 Woodland Drive, Phenix City at approximately 2:00 p.m. central time. Speakers will begin at 3:00. Trump flags will be on sale at the event.

The Phenix Motorsports Park will be hosting what sponsor hope could possibly the world’s largest Pickup Tuck parade in U.S. history that is routing over 50 mile through Georgia in effort to “pickup” President Trump’s numbers in GA.

A number dignitaries have been invited to address the Phenix City rally, including Coach Tuberville. Former State Sen. Shadrack McGill, Trump Victory Finance Committee member former State Rep. Perry O. Hooper Jr., and Paul Wellborn, the President and CEO of the largest Family owned Kitchen Cabinet manufacture in the USA are among the featured speakers who have committed to speak at the event.

Entertainment will be provided by: Charity Bowden, an up and coming country music singer who was the runner up on “The Voice”. Charity will sing ‘I am Proud to be an American’ as well as songs from her Voice performances. The McGill Girls will also perform. The three beautiful and talented sisters will be singing patriotic songs in three part harmony. Geoff Carlisle, a professional DJ will be keeping the crowd pumped with music and entertainment.

Following the speakers and the entertainment there will Trump truck-vs- Joe Bidden truck races down the drag strip for the finale.

The Northwest Alabama boat parade will be on Sunday. The boats will gather at 2:00 p.m. near Turtle Point and then the flotilla will parade around the open waters of Wilson Lake til 3_00 p.m.. There will be a contest for best decorated Trump boats.

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Trump supporters have held a number of large boat parades across the state to show their support for the re-election of Pres. Trump.

Boat parade sponsors say that this parade will be: pro-American, pro-law enforcement, pro-military.

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Opinion | Doug Jones’s pathway to victory: Substance over lies

Jones said his work in the Senate should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity. 

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Alabama Sen. Doug Jones speaks during the Democratic National Convention.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones believes voters will ultimately see through Tommy Tuberville’s lazy campaign and lies, and that enough of them will be moved by his work over the last two years to send him back to D.C. 

Jones’ comments came during a lengthy interview on the Alabama Politics This Week podcast. He also discussed his plans to address some of Alabama’s most pressing issues and also praised Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican.  

But it was Jones’ comments about Alabama voters — and whether too many of them are incapable of moving away from the Republican Party — that were most interesting. Jones still believes there are open-minded voters in the state, and that there isn’t enough attention being paid to polls showing a growing dissatisfaction in Alabama with President Donald Trump. 

“There are a number of things that Donald Trump has done that people (in Alabama) don’t agree with,” Jones said. “There are a number of things that he’s done that’s hurt Alabama and that they’re not OK with. That’s where I come in.”

Jones said his work in the Senate, where he’s sponsored the most bipartisan legislation over the last two years, should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity. 

“I tell everyone, you owe it to yourself to look at every candidate and every issue,” Jones said. “I do that. I’ve been a Democrat all my life but I don’t think that I have ever pulled a straight lever. Because I look at every issue. I will tell you that there have been times that I didn’t vote for people who are Democrats for whatever reason — I just couldn’t do it. I think we owe it to ourselves to do that.”

Jones had the perfect example to drive the point home. 

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“Y’all all know our state auditor, Jim Zeigler? Jim wasn’t always a Republican. Jim’s first runs for office were as a Democrat. 

“I rest my case.”

You can listen to the full interview at the Alabama Politics This Week website, or you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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