2018 Elections

Ainsworth Stretches out Campaign Funding Lead in Lt Gov Race

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Republican William Ainsworth continues to dominate fundraising in the lieutenant governor’s race, collecting $146,500 in early October, compared to $2,880 for Democrat Will Boyd, according to weekly financial reports filed Monday with the Secretary of State’s Office.

Ainsworth, a member of the Alabama House of Representatives from Marshall County, has raised $1.03 million since the campaign began in 2017 and has an account balance of $353,100. His biggest contributor for the period of Oct. 1-12 was the Alabama Builders PAC, at $25,000. His overall top donor is the Alabama Forestry PAC, which gave $147,000.

The GOP nominee spent $26,664 in early October, bringing his total expenditures to $2.43 million, most of that during the party’s primary and runoff elections.

Boyd, a Florence pastor, has raised a total of $45,723 to date and spent $40,387. His account balance is $5,335, according to his latest report. His biggest contributor in October has been the United Steel Workers District 9, which gave $1,500. Overall, his top supporter is Scott Ireland of Birmingham at $7,000.

The two candidates are on the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election.