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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.

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.

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