2018 Elections

Ivey Tripled Closest Competitor in Fundraising Last Week

Gov. Kay Ivey

Gov. Kay Ivey raised more than three times as much as her nearest competitor last week, continuing to far outpace her opponents as Republican and Democratic candidates for governor enter the final week of the campaign for the June 5 primary elections.

The governor took in $294,288 in contributions during the period of May 19 to May 25, bringing her campaign total to $4.22 million. She has spent $3.45 million, including $480,818 last week, and carries a balance of $772,307.

Her biggest contribution during the weekly reporting period was $95,000 from Breland Homes LLC in Huntsville. For the duration of the campaign, her biggest contributors were James W. Rane of Abbeville, owner of Great Southern Wood Preserving, with $200,000, and Louis W. Breland of Huntsville at $101,754.

Ivy’s top challenger for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, reported receipts of $84,812 for the week, bringing his total for the campaign to $2.43 million. He has spent $2.31 million, including $443,501 during the recent period, and has a balance of $116,628

Battle’s biggest contribution for the week was $60,000 from Moving Alabama Forward PAC, a Huntsville committee of mostly business interests. His overall top givers are Moving Alabama Forward PAC, $173,000, and Dorothy Davidson of Huntsville, $53,000.

State Sen. Bill Hightower of Mobile reported $13,200 in contributions to his Republican gubernatorial campaign during the week. His overall total stands at $1.12 million, with $1.07 million in expenditures and a cash balance of $74,890. His biggest contribution listed in the latest report was $7,500 from the Central Alabama Republican Council of Birmingham. His largest contributors for the entire campaign are Stewart Dansby of Birmingham, $61,500, and the Central Alabama Republican Council, $41,100.

Birmingham evangelist Scott Dawson, also a GOP candidate, filed a report stating that he had no contributions or expenditures for the week. His totals for the campaign remained unchanged at $835,495 in itemized contributions, $781,046 in expenditures and a balance of $56,033.

Democratic Candidates

On the Democratic side, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox continued to lead former Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb in overall contributions, though Cobb held a slight edge in the amount collected last week.

Maddox raised $51,620 for the week and spent $76,914. He reported a cash balance of $316,876. Maddox has collected $898,017 so far during the campaign and spent $631,141.

The leading givers to Maddox were six Tuscaloosa-based PACs chaired by Michael Echols. His largest receipts for the past week were $10,000 from CASH PAC, $8,500 from CMG PAC II, and $7,250 each from ET PAC and Leadership PAC. Overall for the campaign, Maddox’s top contributors are CASH PAC, $73,000; CMGG PAC II, $64,400; Leadership PAC, $62,750; ET PAC, $54,250; T-Town PAC II, $43,850 and Pride PAC II, $39,150. All of those committees are headed by Echols.

Cobb raised $60,740 during the latest reporting period, bringing her total for the campaign to $720,400. She has spent $602,398, including $44,927 for the week, and has an account balance of $119,500.

Her largest contributors for the week were David L. Silverstein of Birmingham, $10,000; BIZPAC, $6,750. Overall, the top givers to the Cobb campaign are Franklin PAC, $137,500; Silverstein $45,000 and BIZPAC, $41,425.

Among other Democrats, Doug, “New Blue” Smith reported $200 in itemized receipts, bringing his total for the campaign to $5,260; James Fields received $500 to bring his total to $24,578. Christopher Countryman had not reported by late Tuesday.