2022 Elections

Britt Leads Rivals in Fundraising for GOP U.S. Senate Nomination

Katie Boyd Britt, former chief of staff to Sen. Richard Shelby, collected more than twice as much in campaign contributions as her three rivals combined during the past three months, according to reports filed this week by candidates in Alabama’s 2022 U.S. Senate race.

Britt, who resigned earlier this year as president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, entered the race for the Republican nomination to succeed Shelby on June 1. Since then, she has raised $2.3 million in contributions.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville reported contributions of 820,775 for the three-month period that ended June 30, and Montgomery business executive Lynda Blanchard raised $190,873. Jessica Taylor of Birmingham, who announced her candidacy earlier this month, had no report on file with the Federal Elections Commission.

Katie Boyd Britt. Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Those four are seeking the Republican nomination to succeed Shelby when he retires at the end of 2022. Shelby, who has served in the Senate since 1987, has announced plans to retire next year at the end of his sixth term. The Republican primary for that seat will be May 24, 2022, with the general election on Nov. 8.

The only Democrat to file as a candidate is Brandaun Dean, former mayor of Brighton. He registered with the FEC two years ago and has reported no financial activity.

Candidates filed quarterly financial reports with the FEC on Thursdsay, covering the period of April 1 through June 30.

Rep. Mo Brooks

Brooks and Blanchard have aggressively courted supporters of former President Donald Trump, who has given his endorsement to the veteran congressman. Britt has said she “won’t be a rubber stamp for anyone.”

All of Britt’s $2.23 million in contributions came during the period beginning April 1. She listed net operating expenses of $32,852 and a balance of $2.20 million in her campaign account.

Brooks, who has represented the Tennessee Valley area of north Alabama in Congress since 2011, entered the race earlier this year with a balance of $1.1 million that was left over from previous campaigns for the House of Representatives. He has raised $1.13 million so far this year, and reported net operating expenses of 421,284 for the

Lynda Blanchard. Source: Lynda Blanchard Campaign Facebook page.

most recent period and $525,146 in 2021. He showed a cash balance of $1.71 million.

Blanchard, co-founder of real estate investment management company B&M Management, reported a balance of $5.20 million, boosted by loans of $5.11 million that her campaign took out earlier this year. The U.S. ambassador to Slovenia during the Trump administration has raised $496,610 in contributions during the course of the campaign. She reported expenditures of $247,370 for the past three months and $404,904 overall.