2018 Elections

Ivey Stretches out Her Lead in Fundraising for Governor’s Race

Gov. Kay Ivey

Gov. Kay Ivey is closing in on the $4 million mark in contributions to her campaign to win the Republican nomination for governor, according to financial reports filed this week.

Ivey raised $143,515 between May 12 and May 18, pushing her total for the campaign to $3.93 million, according her new weekly report.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is a distant second in the battle for campaign cash. He reported contributions of $103,825 for the week, raising his total to $2.28 million.

Ivey, Battle, state Sen. Bill Hightower of Mobile and Birmingham evangelist Scott Dawson are vying for the GOP nomination. The winner of the June 5 Republican primary will face the winner of the Democratic primary in the November general election.

Ivey’s top contributions in the latest weekly report were $50,000 from Raymond J. Harbert of Birmingham and $25,000 from Georgia Crown Distributing Co. of McDonough, Georgia. The governor’s overall top contributors are James Rane of Abbeville, owner of Great Southern Wood Preserving, at $200,000 and Louis W. Breland of Huntsville at $100,000.

She has spent $2.97 million, including $452,994 during this reporting period, and reported a cash balance of $958,837.

Battle reported that he has spent $1.87 million so far, including $427,745 in the latest weekly report. He has $415,316 left in his account.

Battle’s top contributors for the reporting period were Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP Alabama State PAC and The Orthopedic Center of Huntsville, $12,500 each. His overall leading contributors are Moving Alabama Forward, a Huntsville-based PAC of mostly business interests, $113,000, and Dorothy S. Davidson of Huntsville, $53,000.

Hightower reported collections of $86,150 and expenditures of $20,272 for the reporting period. His top contributors were Stewart Dansby of Birmingham, $51,500, and the Central Alabama Republican Council, $20,000.

For the duration of the campaign, Hightower has raised $1.10 million and spent $872,508; he has $261,427 in his campaign account.

Overall for the campaign, his leading contributors are Dansby, $61,500; the Central Alabama Republican Council, $33,600; and Warren Nicholson of Mobile, $30,000.

Dawson collected $17,448 in cash during the latest reporting period and has a total of $835,495 for the entire campaign. He has spent $781,046, including $19,971 May 12-18, and has a cash balance of $56,033.

The largest contributions listed by Dawson in his report this week were $5,000 each from David A. Boutwell and Mark Garnett of Birmingham and Jim Davis of Northport. Overall, his top contributors are David Green of Oklahoma City at $100,000 and Bradford & Company of Birmingham with $25,000.


Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is the financial leader among Democrats seeking their party’s nomination, with former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb close behind.

Maddox reported contributions of $104,958 during May 12-18. The majority of that, $65,000, came from five Tuscaloosa-based PACs operated by Michael Echols. Another $10,000 was from GreeneTrack in Eutaw.

Maddox now has $846,134 in cash contributions for the campaign, including $304,400 from six PACs chaired by Echols. He has spent $604,214, including $48,282 in the past week, and has a balance of $291,919.

Cobb reported $14,855 in contributions, bringing her total for the campaign to $659,660. She has spent $557,430, including $22,938 in the new report, leaving a balance of $103,728.

Her largest contributors for the week-long period were Anderson Law Firm and Charlotte Goodwyn of Montgomery, each of which gave her $2,500.

Her largest contributors are Franklin PAC of Montgomery, with $135,000, and David L. Silverstein of Birmingham, at $35,000. Franklin PAC, chaired by John David Crawford, includes among its top contributors the Beasley Allen and Cunningham Bounds law firm and GreeneTrack.

Among other Democrats, Christopher Countryman, James C. Fields,  Doug “New Blue” Smith  and James C. Fields reported no contributions during the most recent period.