2020 election

Tuberville Tops Sessions in Fundraising for the Senate Race

Tommy Tuberville (Source: Alabama Daily News) and Jeff Sessions (Source: Gage Skidmore via flickr)

Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville is leading former Sen. Jeff Sessions in fundraising in the final weeks of their Republican runoff campaign for the Senate seat Sessions once held, according to reports they filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

The reports, covering the period of April 1 to June 24, show Tuberville took in $652,390, compared to $439,374 for Sessions. Still, Sessions had a cash balance of $500,331, compared to Tuberville’s $448,204.

Both candidates continue to aggressively raise campaign cash in the final days of the race.

Tuberville, making his first bid for public office, narrowly led a field of seven candidates in the March 3 GOP primary, but he fell short of a majority of votes cast. The two were scheduled to settle the issue in a runoff on March 31, but Gov. Kay Ivey postponed party runoffs until July 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The winner will try to unseat freshman Democrat Doug Jones, who defeated Roy Moore in a special election for the Senate seat in December 2017, on Nov. 3, Jones was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Sessions, who resigned from the Senate in 2017 after President Donald Trump appointed him U.S. attorney general, came into the race with $2.48 million left over from his previous campaigns for the Senate. He has raised $2.06 million during the current election cycle.

His net operating expenditures were $688,639 for the latest period and $4.44 million overall.

Tuberville has taken in $2.94 million in contributions since the campaign began, according to his FEC report. His net operating expenditures were $663,004 for the most recent reporting period and $2.74 million overall.

After a lull in campaign activity due to the coronavirus pandemic, the two have mounted aggressive ad campaigns mostly centering on one question: Who is the strongest, most loyal supporter of Trump.

Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump for president in 2016, and the president rewarded him with the office of attorney general. But their relationship soured after Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, and Trump forced him out of office in 2018.

The president endorsed Tuberville, tweeted bitter attacks on Sessions, and told an interviewer the appointment of Sessions was the most grievous mistake of his time in the White House.

That has not stopped Sessions from claiming his loyalty to Trump and saying Alabama voters will determine the outcome.


Jeff Sessions

Contributors of $5,000 or more.


Common Values PAC, Alexandria, VA; Continuing Americas Strength & Security, Baton Rouge, LA; Defend America PAC, Tuscaloosa; DVA/HC PAC, Mobile; Fund for a Conservative Future PAC, Washington, DC; Honeywell International PAC, Washington, DC; JONI PAC, Des Moines, IA; Making Business Excel PAC, Cheyenne, WY; Marsha PAC, Brentwood, TN; Nebraska Sandhills PAC, Alexandria, VA; Protective Life Corp. Fed. PAC, Birmingham; Radiance Technologies Inc. PAC, Huntsville; Reclaim America PAC, Alexandria, VA; Regions Financial Corp. Federal PAC, Birmingham; Rely on Your Beliefs PAC, Washington, DC; Republican Majority Fund PAC, Alexandria, VA; Torch Technologies Inc. PAC, Huntsville.


Brett, John M., Orange Beach; Brett, William C., Gulf Shores, AL; Bryant, Paul W., Tuscaloosa; Maisel, E. B., Mobile; Miers, Gina S., Tuscaloosa; Nelson, Deborah R., Saraland; Robinson, William T., Orange Beach; Russell, Robert J., Birmingham.


Drinkard, Roy H., Cullman.


Sexton, William Britt, Decatur.


Smith, Linda J., Huntsville; Templeton, Jean Wessel, Huntsville; Thornton, Steven, Huntsville.


Rogers, Ed, Washington, DC.


Airbus Group PAC, Herndon, VA; Arkansas For Leadership PAC, Alexandria, VA; Dakota PAC, Bismarck, ND.


Maisel, N. W., Mobile.


BL Harbert Employees PAC, Birmingham.


Almon, Robert N., Tuscaloosa; Amos, Richard W., Huntsville; Ard, Gary, Mountain Brook; Baker, Leslie M., Winston-Salem, NC; Barbour, Haley, Yazoo City, MS; Bashinsky, Joann F., Birmingham; Booth, Barry L., Spanish Fort; Brett, Thomas E., Orange Beach; Burkes, Herbie, Centreville; Collazo, Carmen A ., Huntsville; Collazo, Francisco, Birmingham; Collazo, Francisco J., Huntsville; Collazo, Francisco L., Madison; Collazo, Rosana, Scottsboro; Cooper, Charles, Bonita Springs, FL;

Cutrona, Danielle, Washington, DC; Delponte, Reggie D., Newport Beach, CA; Corum, Van, Huntsville; Doherty, Don P., Waynesboro, MS; Drummond, Segal E. Jr., Mountain Brook; Fine, Joseph Lloyd, Montgomery; Forney, Elizabeth, San Diego, CA; Forney, Scott, San Diego, CA; Fuller, Michael D., Mountain Brook; Gorrie, Miller M., Birmingham; Hammer, George S., Samson; McKibbens, Anna Laurie Bryant, Tuscaloosa; McMahon, John J. , Birmingham; McMickle, John, Washington, DC;

Methvin, Thomas J., Montgomery; Miley, O.B. II. Muscle Shoals; Otis, William, Falls Church, VA; Parker, Tim , Tuscaloosa; Pulliam, Chad B., Killen; Remington, James A., Henrico, VA; Robinson, William T., Orange Beach; Russell, June F., Mountain Brook; Scott, Isaac, Opelika; Scott, Rhonda, Opelika; Siff, Andrew M., Arlington, VA; Smith, Wayne T., Nashville, TN; Stedman, Betty Ann, Houston, TX; Stewart, Richard L., Birmingham; Strange, Luther J., Birmingham; Upton, Jason, Guntersville; Welch, Stewart H., Birmingham; Wilson, Daniel M., Huntsville; Wilson, William B., Montgomery.


Carothers, Dr. William Russell, Winfield.


Danley, Christopher D., Chevy Chase, MD; Hollyhand, Doug, Northport; Zell, Samuel, Chicago, IL.


Carr, Deborah, Enterprise; Carr, Jerry N., Enterprise, AL; Carr, Rebecca, Enterprise; Rogers, Edward, Washington, DC.


Alabama Power Co. Federal PAC, Birmingham; Bailey, William C., Arab; Baron, Robert, Huntsville; Bense, Kevin, Birmingham; Blue Cross Blue Shield of AL PAC, Montgomery; Bradley Arant Boult Cummings PAC, Birmingham; Branch Banking & Trust PAC, Winston-Salem, NC; CHS PAC, Franklin, TN; Citizens For Prosperity In America Today PAC America, Alexandria, VA; Dearborn, Ricky Allen, Alexandria, VA; Durham, Joseph E., Madison; Dynetics Inc. Political Action Committee, Huntsville;

Free State PAC, Lawrence, KS; Freedom Fund PAC, Washington, DC; General Atomics PAC, San Diego, CA; Kirkpatrick, Michael A., Huntsville; Kretzschmar, Richard W., Huntsville; Lessmann, Kurt M., Madison; Let’s Get To Work PAC, Monroe, NC; Luquire, Hans, Montgomery; McCarter, Angela Gunderman, Huntsville; Miller, Don W., Huntsville; Next Century Fund PAC, Alexandria, VA; Pitts, D. Frank, Madison; Raytheon PAC, Lexington, MA; Ripps, Harold W., Birmingham; Roberts, Richard Y., Fairfax, VA; Strategy PAC, Beverly, MA; Suntrust PAC, Richmond, VA; The Travelers Companies Inc. PAC, Hartford, CT; Thornton, Steven L., Huntsville; Vulcan Materials PAC, Birmingham.


Tommy Tuberville

Contributors of $5,000 or more.


Drummond Company Inc. Political Action Committee (Dpac), Birmingham; Bronczek, David, Memphis, TN; Lomangino, Anthony, Garden City, NY; Mcinnis, John M. III, Gulf Shores; McInnis, Shelley Freeman, Gulf Shores; Neville, Connie, Kingshill, VI; Neville, William, Kingshill, VI; Watson, Gail P, Dothan; Watson, John H., Dothan; Whatley, Steve W., Anniston.


Woltosz, Walter, Auburn.


Shabel, Rodger, Decatur; Shabel, Vickie, Decatur.


Willoughby, Van, Cullman.


Burford, Michael D., Wellington; M B Properties LLC, Wellington; Thomas, John T., Toledo, OH.


Kingsley, Oliver D. Jr., Dothan.


Bronczek, Judith, Alpharetta, Ga.


McKinney, Joe M., Muscle Shoals.


Broadway, Julie, Huntsville; Broadway, Robert, Huntsville.


Hicks, Bryan, Stevenson.


Miller, Don, Huntsville.


Young, Terry, Birmingham.


Courington, Pat Jr., Albertville.


Adkinson, Clay, Defuniak Springs, FL; Aldag, Edward K. Jr., Birmingham; Alvarez, Karen, Huntsville; Alvarez, Michael, Huntsville; Andrews, James R., Gulf Breeze, FL; Andrews, Jeff, Duluth, GA; Andrews, Patricia W., Duluth, GA; Breland, Louis, Huntsville; Brooks, Jeff D., Birmingham; Burford, Todd, Birmingham; Carr, Bradley, Alexandria; Chandler, James, Huntsville; Covington, Coates, Lincoln; Davis, Jay, Atlanta, GA; Devilbiss, Edwin, La Valle, WI; Doddridge, Kaye, Three Forks, MT;

Dunlap, Robert H., Batesville, MS; Espy, Shirley, Atlanta, GA; Gaby, Barbara, Duluth, Ga; Gaby, Richard, Duluth, Ga; Govil, Sanjay, Potomac, MD; Green, Joni R. PMP, Brownsboro; Griffin, David B., Nashville, TN; Guess, Chris, Birmingham; Guess, Julie, Birmingham; Hayden, Marilyn, Barrington, IL; Henderson, Reynolds, Santa Rosa Beach, FL; Hillman, Roberta W., Aspen, CO; Isbell, Linda, Cullman; Isbell, Mike, Cullman; Kellett, Carol, Atlanta, GA; Kent, Brock, Cullman; Kent, Sarah, Cullman;

Kent, William, Midland, TX; Leone, Douglas, Los Altos Hills, CA; Martz, James Garrett, Huntsville; McDougle, Tony, Florence; McKinney, Chester Jr., Muscle Shoals; McKinney, Jenny D., Killen; Mitchell, Hugh, Mountain Brook; Perkins-Leone, Patricia, Los Altos Hills, CS; Pirnie, Leslie O’Gwyn, Pike Road; Pirnie, Robert, Pike Road; Rappuhn, Allan, Killen; Remington, James, Henrico, VA; Satter, Muneer A., Chicago, IL;

Scott, William M., Auburn; Signature Utility Services LLC, Birmingham; Spriggs, Kevin, Spanish Fort; Stephens, Warren A., Little Rock, AR; Strother, J. Barron, Santa Rosa Beach, FL; Taylor, Billy, New Market; Taylor, Catherine B., Dallas, TX; Templeton, W. M., Dallas, TX; Ward, Jennifer, Mobile; Williamson, Sallie S., Greenville; Williamson, Warren J., Greenville.


Reed, David, Guntersville.


Brook Haven Farms LLC, Fayetteville, TN; Gleghorne, Charles, Fayetteville, TN; Hess, Janice L., Madison.


Tepool, Michael A., Huntsville.


Anderson, Barbara T., Tuscaloosa.


Proctor, H. Palmer Jr., Atlanta, GA.


Albers, Charles E., Sarasota, FL; Allen, R.K., Talladega; Ballard, Brian D., Tallahassee, FL; Ballard, Kathryn, Tallahassee, FL; Build Political Action Committee of the National Association of Home Builders, Washington, DC; Corr, Byran A. Sr., Rosemary Beach, FL; Griffin, Roxie, Nashville, TN; Hall, John G., Dothan; Huck Pac, Little Rock, AR; Melt LLC, Atlanta, GA;

National Cotton Council of America Committee for the Advancement of Cotton, Cordova, TN; Norris, Robert G., Holly Pond; Saiia, Jody, Birmingham; Steiner, Russell, Bayou La Batre; Swaid, Christy J., Birmingham; Thompson, James Vincent, Atlanta, GA; Thorne, Larry, Auburn; Wintersteen, Jim McIlhenny, Mill Valley, CA; Wood, Bobby R., Corinth, MS; Wood, Myra Ann, Corinth, MS; Young, Lindsey Rene, Birmingham.