Former U.S. Sen. Doug Jones is forming a new political action committee, Right Side of History PAC, according to papers filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.
Jones, a Democrat, lost his Senate seat to retired football coach Tommy Tuberville in the 2020 Senate election.
His campaign committee, Doug Jones for Senate, notified the FEC in a filing that it is planning to make the switch to a PAC.
In a filing with the FEC on Thursday, Jones reported a balance of $135,359 in his campaign account. The campaign had a cash balance of $264,483 earlier this year before paying expenses and giving $100,000 to the Alabama Democratic Party, the report showed.
Jones reported raising $29.42 million in his reelection campaign, compared to Tuberville’s $8.52 million.
Douglas Turner Jr., treasurer of the Jones campaign, said Jones intends to use the PAC to advocate for causes and candidates he supports.
“He intends to better the causes that he’s been involved with – voting rights, civil rights, racial justice,” Turner said. “It’s not a big ‘D’ democratic effort.”
He said Jones gave the $100,000 to the Alabama Democratic Party before reorganizing as a PAC to help move the party forward.
“He is confident in Chairman Chris England and believes the revitalization that the ADP had in 2019 — to be more inclusive of voices from across Alabama — will serve both the party and the state in the years to come,” Turner said.
“The new PAC and Sen. Jones will continue to work to build the ADP, its capacity and its candidates. Alabama is best served by competitive parties that bring the best ideas to the table.”
Jones, a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, defeated Republican nominee Roy Moore in a special Senate election in 2017. The seat became vacant after Jeff Sessions resigned to become then-President Donald Trump’s first attorney general. He was succeeded by Luther Strange, who served until the special election was held.