2018 Elections

AG Ads Flood the Airwaves in Last Week of Campaign

Troy King and Steve Mashall

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.

Troy King

$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.


Steve Marshall

$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