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A look at statewide candidates’ November fundraising numbers

Candidates seeking election to statewide offices are looking to shore up financial support for their respected campaigns entering the final month of the year.

November’s fundraising numbers could place into focus the ability of each candidate to raise the sufficient amount of funds necessary to keep their candidacies viable.

As one fundraising month is left in the final quarter of 2021, campaigns are hopeful their financial positioning will be strong enough to carry them into the final five-month stretch leading up to the primary election on May 24, 2022.

Governor

Gov. Kay Ivey by far holds the strongest financial standing of any candidate this election cycle. The governor hauled in $102,336 in cash contributions for the month of November, which brought her ending cash-on-hand balance to $2.5 million.

Opelika Rev. Dean Odle recorded $3,357 in cash contributions. His ending balance sits at $11,687.

Former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George recorded no contributions for the month of November. His current cash-on-hand is $2,122.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler received $1,680 in campaign contributions, which took his ending balance to $19,430.

Robert Burdette recorded $40,444 in cash receipts. His ending balance currently sits at $24,900.

Tim James, who recently filed a principal campaign committee with the Secretary of State’s office, has yet to file a monthly campaign finance report.

Lieutenant Governor

Incumbent Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, who is presently unopposed in his bid for a second term, received $10,500 in contributions. His ending cash-on-hand sits at a healthy $1.26 million.

Attorney General

Attorney General Steve Marshall raised $36,115 in campaign contributions, which brought his ending balance to $608,889. The state’s chief law enforcement officer is also currently unopposed this cycle.

Secretary of State

State Rep. Wes Allen (R-Troy) received $11,650 in cash contributions. His cash-on-hand currently sits at $105,675.

Conservative activist and Tennessee Valley Republican Club chairman Chris Horn raised $6,000 in November and holds the same amount for his ending balance.

State Treasurer

The former and recently-appointed State Treasurer Young Boozer recorded no contributions for the month of November. His ending campaign balance is $110,570.

State Auditor

State Rep. Andrew Sorrell (R-Muscle Shoals) continues to hold the fundraising lead in the race for state auditor. He hauled in $12,355 in November cash receipts, which brought his cash-on-hand to $306,621.

Former State Sen. Rusty Glover (R-Semmes) received $350 in contributions. His ending balance is currently $15,762.

After battling a COVID-19 infection, Jefferson County pastor and conservative activist Stan Cooke has returned to the campaign trail. He raised $1,500 last month and loaned his campaign $10,000. This brought Cooke’s ending balance to $24,170.

Agriculture and Industries Commissioner

Incumbent Agriculture and Industries Commissioner Rick Pate remains unopposed in his candidacy for a second term. His November cash receipts totaled $5,350, bringing his cash-on-hand to $194,792.

Supreme Court Associate Justice

Kelli Wise’s campaign received $8,650 in cash contributions. Her ending cash-on-hand is $86,378.

Greg Cooke hauled in $23,425 for November and loaned his campaign $10,000. His ending balance sits at $393,941.

Calhoun County Circuit Judge Debra Jones recorded $1,500 in cash receipts, which took her ending balance to $37,774.

Public Service Commissioner

Current officeholder Jeremy Oden recorded no contributions during the month of November. His cash-on-hand is presently $2,288.

Tallassee Mayor John Hammock received $1,900 in cash receipts, bringing his ending balance to $38,386.

Stephen McLamb raised $1,150 in November contributions. His overall campaign balance sits at $1,102.

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL