2018 Elections

Vance Outpaces Parker in Attempt to Put a Democrat in the Chief Justice Seat

Robert Vance, the only Democratic statewide candidate to raise more money than a Republican opponent in this year’s general election, far out-distanced GOP nominee Tom Parker in collections and expenditures in early October.

Vance listed itemized cash contributions of $140,985 for the period of Oct. 1-12, bringing his total for the campaign to $963,948, according to reports filed Monday with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office. He has spent $831,027, including $570,888 so far in October, and reported an account balance of $132,920.

Parker reported contributions of $1,050 and expenditures of $63,589 for the period. Since the election cycle began last year, Parker has raised $592,927 and spent $500,134, mostly toward winning the GOP primary earlier this year. He has an account balance of $119,425.

Vance, a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge, received $5,000 contributions from several sources, including three Tuscaloosa-based PACs chaired by Michael Echols, during the reporting period. For the entire campaign, his top contributors were California attorney Warren Lazarow and Birmingham businessman J.T. Stephens, at $15,000 each.

Parker, a Supreme Court justice who is seeking to move into the chair of chief justice, reported three contributions in this week’s filing: $1,000 from Jeff Friedman of Vestavia Hills and $50 each from Tom Bridges of Pike Road and Georgia Banks of Theodore.

Most of Parker’s money for the entire campaign has come from Progress for Justice PAC, a Montgomery-based committee funded mainly by large firms of trial lawyers. It has given him $500,000.

Voters will choose between the two in the Nov. 6 general election.