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Daniels posts sizeable fundraising lead in CD2 race

Daniels and the Democrats also trounced the Republican candidates in the quarterly fundraising reports.

Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels

Federal campaign finance reports dropped Wednesday, and the documents showed Anthony Daniels with a big fundraising lead in the 12-candidate field for the Democratic primary in Alabama’s 2nd congressional district. 

Daniels collected more than $217,000 in the cycle, with none of the money coming from a personal loan from the candidate to the campaign. In second place was Shomari Figures, with $203,000, but with $25,000 of that total coming in the form of a loan Figures made to his campaign. 

State Sen. Merika Coleman and state Rep. Jeremy Gray were the only other candidates to eclipse six figures in fundraising. Coleman loaned her campaign $50,000 and landed at $112,000, while Gray finished the cycle with just over $104,000. 

State Rep. Napoleon Bracy, who has polled well, raised a total of just under $65,000, with $20,000 of that coming in the form of a loan. 

On the Republican side, at least on paper, former state Sen. Dick Brewbaker held a big lead, with more than $340,000 collected during the cycle. But $300,000 of that came in the form of a loan Brewbaker gave to his campaign. 

It was a similar case for attorney Caroleene Dobson, who took in around $60,000 in contributions from individuals and PACs, but was boosted to over $300,000 in total contributions  by a $250,000 loan she made to her campaign. 

The top individual fundraiser, though, was state Sen. Greg Albritton, who grabbed nearly $65,000 in individual contributions and ended the cycle with just over $126,000, after loaning his campaign $50,000. 

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It should also be noted that the three Democrats who raised the most money in the cycle – Daniels, Figures and Gray – trounced their Republican counterparts in a district that is supposed to be almost evenly split, and a district that ALGOP leadership has publicly stated is in play.

Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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