2018 Elections

Ainsworth Leads Boyd by Wide Margin in Lt Governor Fundraising

Republican nominee for lieutenant governor Will Ainsworth continues to outpace Democratic rival Will Boyd by a wide margin in fundraising, according to August reports filed Wednesday with the Secretary of State’s office.

Alabama voters go to the polls Nov. 6 for the general election.

In August, the Ainsworth campaign raised $144,775, more in a single month than Boyd has raised during the entire 2018 election cycle, according to the monthly campaign finance report filed Wednesday.

Ainsworth’s largest donors, according to the August disclosure, were the Alabama Builders PAC and the Automobile Dealers Association of Alabama (Auto PAC), which donated $25,000 each. Care PAC, which represents nursing home interests in the state, donated $15,000, as did Farm PAC.

Ainsworth spent $34,669 in August, more than 10 times that of his Democratic rival.

Boyd raised $9,286 in cash donations and $32,800 in in-kind contributions. His largest in-kind donors were Second Line Consulting Corp., of Tampa, Florida, which donated $15,0000; the Offices of Patricia Bellasalma of Tustin, California, which donated $12,500; and Metamorphosis Group of Tampa, which donated, $9,600. He spent $3,436 in August.

Ainsworth, from Guntersville, has received $1.4 million in cash since beginning his campagn, which includes funding a hard-fought primary campaign and a runoff against Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.

Here is a look at the candidates’ August contributions of $5,000 or more:

Will Ainsworth

$25,000: Alabama Builders PAC; Automobile Dealers Association of Alabama, also known as Auto PAC, Montgomery.

$15,000: CarePAC, Montgomery; and FarmPAC, Birmingham.

$10,000: Regions Bank, Birmingham; Tiger Paw PAC, Montgomery; TruckPAC, Montgomery; and Steve Windom, LLC, Montgomery.

$5,000: Elder PAC, Montgomery; and AT&T PAC, Montgomery.

Willie “Will” Boyd Jr.

$15,000: Second Line Consulting Corp., in-kind donation, Hollywood, Florida.

$12,000: Offices of Patricia Bellasalma, in-kind donation, Tustin, California.

$9,600: Metamorphosis Group, in-kind donation, Tampa.