2020 election

Jones Raises, Spends Almost Four Times as Much as Tuberville in Senate Race

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones and Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville (Souces: Jones’ office, Tuberville’s campaign)

Sen. Doug Jones raised and spent almost four times as much as Republican Tommy Tuberville in his unsuccessful campaign to hold onto his seat in the U.S. Senate, according to reports filed Thursday with the Federal Elections Commission.

Tuberville, the former Auburn University football coach, easily defeated Jones in the Nov. 3 general election. Jones narrowly won the Senate seat in December 2017, beating GOP nominee Roy Jones in a special election. He became the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the Senate in 25 years, but his tenure will end after only three years when Tuberville is sworn in on Jan. 3.

In reports covering the period of Oct. 15 to Nov. 23, Jones listed net contributions of $4.11 million, compared to $1.21 million for Tuberville. That brought their totals for the entire campaign to $32.08 million for Jones and $8.31 for Tuberville.

Reports showed a similar disparity in net operating expenses, with Jones spending $7.21 million to $2.20 million for Tuberville during the 40-day reporting period. Overall, Jones spent $33.68 million to Tuberville’s $7.84 million.

Jones showed a cash balance of $566,568 and Tuberville listed $420,015 on Nov. 23. Neither campaign reported any debt.

Both candidates relied heavily on national party assets to fund their campaigns.

ActBlue, which solicits contributions nationwide for Democratic candidates, sent about $10.3 million to the Jones campaign. The Massachusetts-based organization has raised $3.39 billion during the recent two-year election cycle.

WinRed, which was launched in 2019 to help the GOP raise money nationally in competition with ActBlue, transferred $1.79 million to Tuberville. With headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, the committee has raised more than $1.4 billion for Republican candidates.