Flooding the airwaves with ads attacking each other, Troy King and Steve Marshall have spent more than $1 million this week as their campaigns to win the Republican nomination for attorney general draw to a close.
The two will meet in Tuesday’s GOP primary runoff. The winner will face Democrat Joseph Siegelman in the November general election.
Marshall, the incumbent, has raised $551,435 and spent $734,526 this week, according to daily reports he has filed with the Secretary of State’s Office. Overall, he has collected $3.22 million in contributions and spent $3.09 million since the election cycle began last year.
King, who is trying to reclaim the office he held from 2004 to 2011, reported raising $335,100 and spending $337,449 this week. Overall, he has raised $2.26 million and spent $2.17 million.
Marshall and King have aired ads on television stations across the state, sparring over who is a “real” Republican and supporter of President Donald Trump. King filed suit earlier this week alleging that contributions by the Washington-based RAGA Action Fund, an affiliate of the Republican Attorney Generals Association, to Marshall were in violation of state law. A judge dismissed the suit.
RAGA has given $735,000, including $300,000 on Monday, to Marshall. Other top contributors to Marshall’s campaign this week were Progress PAC of Montgomery, $35,000 to bring its total for the campaign to $345,000; Raymond J. Harbert of Birmingham, $25,000 to increase his total to $100,000; and BIZPAC of Montgomery, $28,500 to raise its total to $69,000.
The leading contributors this week to King’s campaign were six Tuscaloosa-based PACs that are chaired by Michael Echols. Leadership PAC, Cash PAC, ET PAC, CMG PAC II, Pride PAC II and T-Town PAC II gave a total of $258,500 to King from Monday through Friday, raising their total for the campaign to $1.20 million.
Following are the leading contributors to the Marshall and King campaigns.
$257,500 – Leadership PAC, Tuscaloosa.
$219,500 – Cash PAC, Tuscaloosa.
$223,000 – ET PAC, Tuscaloosa.
$194,500 – CMG PAC, Tuscaloosa.
$172,000 – Franklin PAC, Montgomery.
$164,000 — Pride PAC II, Tuscaloosa.
$141,000 – T-Town PAC II, Tuscaloosa.
$735,000 – RAGA Action Fund, Washington.
$345,000 – Progress PAC, Montgomery.
$100,000 – Raymond J. Harbert, Birmingham.
$69,000 – BIZPAC, Montgomery.
A wrap-up of previous contributions in the race: AG Marshall Pulls in Half a Million This Month Alone; King Reports Almost $80K