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Palmer reports $242,000 in contributions

Brandon Moseley

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Congressman Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, reported campaign contributions totaling $241,995 in his Federal Election Commission filing earlier this month.

In the first six months of the year, Palmer reported total receipts of $258,596.69. Of this, $241,995 were contributions, $15,843.53 were transfers from other authorized committees and $758.16 were offsets to operating expenses. Palmer reported making no loans.

Of the contributions, $158,145 were from individual contributions, and $83,850 were contributions by other committees. Palmer reported no contributions from party committees.

Palmer’s campaign reports total disbursements of $179,489.93. Of that, $102,689.93 were operating expenditures and $2,700 were contribution refunds. Palmer also reported other disbursements of $79,500.

Palmer entered July with $451,658.04 in total cash on hand.

Palmer’s largest contribution came from Roddy McKinney Jr. of Birmingham who contributed $8,400. The campaign returned $2,800 of that. McKinney is the owner of McKinney Capital. Janice McKinney of Vestavia has contributed $5,600 to Palmer. James Wadsworth of Clanton contributed $2,800 to Palmer. Wadsworth is the owner of Wadsworth Oil. Mark J. Tarr of Mountain Brook contributed $2,800. Tarr is an executive with Tarr & Hard LLC.

Dr. Swaid Swaid of Vestavia contributed $3,000. Swaid works for Neurological Surgery Associates. Lee Stryslinger III of Mountain Brook contributed $2,800. Stryslinger is the CEO of Altec Inc. Marcia Strickland of Shoal Creek contributed $2,800 to Palmer. Strickland is a homemaker.

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Kevin Spriggs of Spanish Fort contributed $2,800. Spriggs is the CEO of Spriggs Enterprises Inc. Pam J. Smith of Hoover contributed $2,800. Smith is a homemaker. Resource Management Service LLC contributed $2,800 to Palmer. Birmingham based RMS primarily invests in forest lands. Home E. Smith III of Hoover contributed $2,800. Smith is the owner of Hoover Tactical Firearms.

Lynn H. Parrish of Vestavia contributed $5,600 to Palmer. Lynn is a homemaker. John Ralph Parrish of Vestavia contributed $5,600 to Palmer. Parrish is the Engineer/CEO of North Alabama Fabricating. Craig Parker of Vestavia contributed $2,800. Parker is an executive with Guideway Care. Andrew Parker of Vestavia contributed $2,800. Virginia Page of Mountain Brook contributed $2,800. Ruffner Page of Mountain Brook contributed $2,800. Palmer reported 129 itemized individual contributions.

Palmer had 45 other committee contributions totaling $85,850. They include: the National Multifamily Housing Council PAC – $5,000, BNSF Railway Company – $5,000, Radiance Technologies Inc. PAC – $2,800, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP Federal PAC – $2,800, Balch and Bingham LLP Federal PAC – $2,800, The Westervelt Company PAC – $2,700, Weyerhaeuser Company PAC – $2,500, Northeastern Lumber Manufacturing Associates PAC – $2,500, Potlatchdeltic Corporation PAC – $2,500, Petroleum Marketers Association of American/Small Business Committee – $2,500, National Alliance of Forest Owners PAC Committee – $2,500, Maynard Cooper & Gale PAC – $2,500, Lehigh Hanson Inc PAC – $2,500, Associated Builders and Contractors Inc, PAC – $5,000, American Bankers Association PAC – $2,500, Alabama Power Co Employees Federal PAC – $5,000, AFLAC PAC – $2,500, Altria Group, Inc PAC – $2,500, Regions Financial Corporation PAC – $2,000, Norfolk Southern Corporation Good Government Fund – $2,000.

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Palmer’s campaign donated $75,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, $2,000 to the Bishop for Congress campaign, $2,000 to the Westerman for Congress campaign and $500 to the Chilton County Association of Career Technical Educators. Dino for Congress refunded a $2,700 contribution from Palmer.

Palmer presently has no Democratic challenger. Anders Pope Allen has filed papers with the FEC to challenge Palmer in the Republican Primary but has made no announcement as of yet and has not raised any money. Kaynen Bryant Pellegrino has similarly filed papers with the FEC for a third party challenge of Palmer; but also has made no announcement and has not raised any money as of yet.

Gary Palmer is serving in his third term representing Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District.

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.

Eddie Burkhalter

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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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