With the election two weeks away, Gov. Kay Ivey continues to widen her financial advantage over Democratic challenger Walt Maddox, according to reports filed Monday with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office.
Ivey, a Republican seeking her first full term as governor, reported raising $193,291 in itemized cash contributions from Oct. 13 to Oct. 19. Maddox, the mayor of Tuscaloosa, reported contributions of $104,878.
The governor has raised $4.34 million since the current election cycle began last year. Maddox has collected $2.03 million.
Ivey spent $262,058 during the most recent reporting period, bringing her total expenditures to $6.08 million and leaving her a cash balance of $288,586. Maddox reported spending $152,455 in the weekly period, bringing his total to $2.97 million and leaving a balance of $167,479.
Phillip McWane of Birmingham was the biggest contributor to Ivey for the most recent weekly reporting period, with a donation of $25,000. James W. “Jimmy” Rane of Abbeville, founder of Great Southern Wood Preserving, is her overall biggest donor, contributing $300,000 since the campaign began last year.
The Democratic nominee’s top contributor for the most recent period was Greenetrack of Eutaw, at $15,000, bringing the dog track’s total to $85,000. The top supporters of Maddox since the campaign started last year are six Tuscaloosa-based PACs chaired by Michael Echols; they have given his campaign a total of $623,400.
The two meet in the Nov. 6 general election.