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Doug Jones leads Republican rivals in fundraising

The Doug Jones for Senate campaign reports a strong fourth quarter with over $1.9 million raised in the fourth quarter of 2019. He is leading all of his Republican rivals.

The Doug Jones campaign raised over $7.5 million in total, with an average contribution of $68.05. Most of that money is from out of state donors. Jones raised $1,076,952.32 from political action committees.

“From securing permanent funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, repealing the Military Widows Tax, simplifying the college aid application process and helping to secure paid parental leave for over 50,000 federal workers in Alabama, Doug has had an incredible year in the Senate and on the campaign trail,” said Doug Turner, Senior Advisor, Doug Jones for Senate Campaign. “We’re looking forward to continuing his work of bringing people together to get things done for Alabama in 2020.”

Jones entered 2020 with $5,042,251.25 in cash on hand.

Former Auburn head football Coach Tommy Tuberville has raised $1,328,437.18 in contributions. 98.3 percent of Tuberville’s contributions came from political action committees. PACs have donated just $16,734.11 to Tuberville. Coach Tuberville loaned his campaign $1,000,000 and has spent $804,698.50 leaving him with just $1,523,738.68 in cash on hand to spend.

Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, raised $1,085,152.51 last year. Most of that came from individual donors with just $221,500 coming from political action committees. Byrne also transferred $2,261,084 from his Congressional campaign account and spent $1,152,953.09 in 2019 leaving him with $2,193,283.11 in cash on hand.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was very late getting in the race. Despite the late entry Sessions was able to raise $185,326 in individual contributions and $126,734 from Political Action Committees during the last weeks of 2019. Sessions was also a Senator for over twenty years until leaving the Senate to become Attorney General in 2017. In his last race in 2014, the popular Senator Sessions did not have a single opponent, Republican or Democrat. Sessions thus had well over $2 million left in his Friends of Jeff Sessions account earning interest. Despite spending $311,266.22, Sessions’ 2019 contributions, combined with his carried over balance, means he enters 2020 with $2,542,974.24 in cash on hand – more than any other Republican in the field.

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Former Chief Justice Roy S. Moore was narrowly defeated by Jones in the 2017 special election for the remainder of Sessions’ term. Moore has had some difficulty raising money this time in the crowded Republican field. Moore has raised just $126,925.23, all of it from individuals. No political action committees have contributed to Moore’s campaign. Moore has spent $82,809.55 leaving his campaign with just $44,115.68 in cash on hand.

State Representative Arnold Mooney, R-Indian Springs, has raised $769,088.30 in contributions, with political action committees contributing just $18,000. Mooney has spent $465,458.47 on his campaign leaving him with just $321,629.83 in cash on hand.

Northwest Alabama businessman Stanley Adair has only raised $148,977.39 and $0 from political action committees. Adair has also contributed $134,421.08 of his own money to his race for Senate and has borrowed $4,500. Adair has spent $286,519.32 leaving him with just $1,379.15 in cash on hand.

The Federal Elections Commission is not showing any current reports for Ruth Page Nelson of Dothan.

Secretary of State John H. Merrill dropped out of the race shortly after Sessions announced his candidacy. Before dropping out Merrill has raised $928,497.69, spent $513,897.35, and still has $414,600.34 in cash on hand.

Michael Parish is attempting to qualify for the ballot as an independent, a difficult task in Alabama. He reports total receipts of just $5,116.21, spending $1,742.87, and cash on hand of just $3,373.34.

The Republican primary will be on March 3. Jones does not have a Democratic Party opponent. Jones will face the eventual Republican nominee on November 3.

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

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