1 year ago

August fundraising reports are in — update on all the statewide races

August fundraising reports were due by the end of the day on Wednesday for all candidates running in Alabama’s upcoming November 6 election, and the numbers showed a huge advantage for Republicans running for statewide offices – except the race for chief justice of the state Supreme Court.

Governor Kay Ivey continues to dwarf all of the state’s other candidates in fundraising, with Republican nominees Rep. Will Ainsworth, Attorney General Steve Marshall and Secretary of State John Merrill all having strong months compared to their respective opponents as the summer campaign lull draws to a close.

Below is a breakdown of each contested race:

Governor

Gov. Kay Ivey (R) –

  • Cash raised in August – $495,209.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $435,173.57
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $337,963.82
  • Notable August contributions – $87,500 from various road builders, $25,000 from Alabama Homebuilders’ PAC and $20,000 from the Committee for Good Government
  • Total cash raised thus far – $5,448,165.59
  • Total cash spent thus far – $5,166,253.83

Mayor Walt Maddox (D) –

  • Cash raised in August – $338,159.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $180,548.95
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $476,458.87
  • Notable August contributions – $57,000 from one consortium of Tuscaloosa PACs, $32,000 from various union PACs and $15,000 from the Greenetrack gambling facility
  • Total cash raised thus far – $1,715,825.80
  • Total cash spent thus far – $1,295,466.93

Lieutenant Governor

Rep. Will Ainsworth (R) –

  • Cash raised in August – $144,775.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $34,669.01
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $128,356.33
  • Notable August contributions – $25,000 from Alabama Homebuilders’ PAC, $25,000 from Alabama Automobile Dealers’ PAC and $20,000 from Alabama Nursing Home Association PACs
  • Total cash raised thus far – $1,450,300.00
  • Total cash spent thus far – $2,472,428.13

Dr. Will Boyd (D) –

  • Cash raised in August – $9,286.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $3,435.71
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $7,469.12
  • Notable August contributions – $30,600.00 in additional in-kind contributions from out-of-state liberal entities
  • Total cash raised thus far – $30,958.34
  • Total cash spent thus far – $23,489.22

Attorney General

Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) –

  • Cash raised in August – $130,725.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $52,860.87
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $119,417.39
  • Notable August contributions – $25,000 from Alabama Automobile Dealers’ PAC, $25,000 from the Alabama Nursing Home Association and $10,000 from the Alabama Farmers Federation’s PAC
  • Total cash raised thus far – $3,396,635.28
  • Total cash spent thus far – $3,293,098.61

Joseph Siegelman (D) –

  • Cash raised in August – $70,699.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $56,567.98
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $162,121.68
  • Notable August contributions – $9,500 from various union PACs
  • Total cash raised thus far – $352,282.89
  • Total cash spent thus far – $190,161.21

Secretary of State

Secretary of State John Merrill (R) –

  • Cash raised in August – $28,110.44
  • Cash expenditures in August – $3,822.50
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $173,345.36
  • Notable August contributions – $5,000 from Title PAC
  • Total cash raised thus far – $338,659.44
  • Total cash spent thus far – $185,344.55

Heather Milam (D) –

  • Cash raised in August – $11,310.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $8,965.04
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $8,042.74
  • Notable August contributions – $1,500 from liberal environmentalist Nelson Brooke
  • Total cash raised thus far – $46,258.76
  • Total cash spent thus far – $38,655.89

State Auditor

State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) –

  • Cash raised in August – $1,200.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $1,036.09
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $12,282.15
  • Notable August contributions – N/A
  • Total cash raised thus far – $59,005.11
  • Total cash spent thus far – $55,627.92

Miranda Joseph (D) –

  • Cash raised in August – $1,560.65
  • Cash expenditures in August – $1,448.65
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $2,602.02
  • Notable August contributions – N/A
  • Total cash raised thus far – $11,550.83
  • Total cash spent thus far – $8,952.94

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice

Associate Justice Tom Parker (R) –

  • Cash raised in August – $3,910.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $148.85
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $17,508.59
  • Notable August contributions – $2,500 from the Alabama Farmers Federation’s PAC
  • Total cash raised thus far – $429,152.05
  • Total cash spent thus far – $444,043.46

Judge Bob Vance (D) –

  • Cash raised in August – $208,969.33
  • Cash expenditures in August – $27,971.54
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $420,197.48
  • Notable August contributions – A massive number of contributions  during the month – 911 to be precise – and solid support from the Birmingham business and legal communities
  • Total cash raised thus far – $632,472.19
  • Total cash spent thus far – $212,274.71

Supreme Court Associate Justice Place 4

Jay Mitchell (R) –

  • Cash raised in August – $4,900.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $5,601.09
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $78,172.46
  • Notable August contributions – N/A
  • Total cash raised thus far – $615,538.20
  • Total cash spent thus far – $637,600.45

Donna Wesson Smalley (D) –

  • Cash raised in August – $16,460.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $6,618.00
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $18,087.00
  • Notable August contributions – $1,500 combined from union PACs
  • Total cash raised thus far – $37,850.00
  • Total cash spent thus far – $23,085.20

Public Service Commissioner Place 1

Commissioner Jeremy Oden (R) –

  • Cash raised in August – $0.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $688.48
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $1,026.14
  • Notable August contributions – N/A
  • Total cash raised thus far – $558,600.00
  • Total cash spent thus far – $565,221.59

Cara Yvonne McClure (D) –

  • Cash raised in August – $7,299.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $3,384.19
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $9,739.20
  • Notable August contributions – $2,500 from liberal environmentalist Nelson Brooke and $1,000 from MoveOn.org
  • Total cash raised thus far – $15,881.08
  • Total cash spent thus far – $6,141.88

Public Service Commissioner Place 2

Commissioner Chip Beeker (R) –

  • Cash raised in August – $0.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $74.62
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $1,003.31
  • Notable August contributions – N/A
  • Total cash raised thus far – $157,550.00
  • Total cash spent thus far – $163,483.14

Kari Swenson-Powell (D) –

  • Cash raised in August – $12,625.00
  • Cash expenditures in August – $3,948.59
  • Cash on hand as of September 5 – $9,484.86
  • Notable August contributions – $7,000 from San Francisco’s Scott Nettles and $2,500 from liberal environmentalist Nelson Brooke
  • Total cash raised thus far – $20,706.00
  • Total cash spent thus far – $11,471.14

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

14 mins ago

Doug Jones to host second annual HBCU summit at Miles College

Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) is inviting Alabamians to his second annual HBCU summit. The 2020 version of the summit will be at Miles College in Fairfield on February 14.

The event will have a student career and employment opportunities from across Alabama in addition to two panels moderated by Alabama’s junior senator.

Doug Jones has made championing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) one of the cornerstones of his time in the U.S. Senate.

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In 2019, Jones took to the Senate floor to say, “HBCUs are the leading educators for African American PhDs in science and in engineering. They are foundational to building generational wealth in communities that have long faced headwinds in doing so. They are doing amazing work. ”

Alabama is home to 14 HBCUs. Jones helped guarantee the continuance of their federal funds by co-sponsoring the FUTURE act with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC). The bill was signed in to law by President Donald Trump in December 2019.

The effort received praise from the leaders of Alabama’s HBCUs, many of whom will be joining Jones for the two panels during his summit.

The two panels, as follows:

Women in the Lead: How Six Alabama HBCU Presidents Are Raising the Bar
Dr. Patricia Sims, President, Drake State Community College
Dr. Cynthia Warrick, President, Stillman College
Dr. Martha Lavender, President, Gadsden State Community College
Ms. Bobbie Knight, Interim President, Miles College
Ms. Anita Archie, Interim President, Trenholm State Community College
Dr. Shirley Friar, Chief of Staff, Tuskegee University
Moderator: Senator Doug Jones

Student Voices: How Alabama HBCU Student-Leaders Are Lifting Up Their Campuses
featuring student representatives:
Miss Keila Michelle Lawrence, Miles College
Mr. Jacobi Gray, Alabama A&M University
Miss Arin Massey, Shelton State Community College
Mr. Amani Myers, Talladega College
Mr. Dakus Sankey, Jr., Trenholm State Community College
Moderator: Senator Doug Jones

Those interested in attending the summit can go here.

Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: henry@yellowhammernews.com or on Twitter @HenryThornton95.

1 hour ago

Birmingham marketing firm tapped for Super Bowl ad

Birmingham-headquartered marketing firm Big Communications has made a Super Bowl ad promoting the Fox broadcast of the 2020 Daytona 500.

The firm was tasked with making the ad by Fox Sports’ marketing team. When the ad airs on Sunday, it will be the first time in Big’s 25-year history that one of their ads will broadcast during the Super Bowl, which is the advertising industry’s biggest event of the year. Recent Super Bowls have averaged around 100 million American television viewers.

Blake Danforth, vice president of marketing for Fox Sports, credits Big’s award-winning work on Valvoline’s Never Idle campaign with piquing his interest in the firm.

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In a statement, Danforth said, “Big’s creative team had a genuine understanding of exactly what makes NASCAR fans love the sport with such an unrelenting, unrivaled intensity.”

“Promoting something as huge as the Great American Race on the biggest stage in all of advertising — that’s kind of a big deal,” commented Ford Wiles, Big partner and chief creative officer.

“This is the kind of moment that we live for — putting Alabama’s talent on display for the world to see,” Wiles concluded.

You can view Big’s Super Bowl ad here.

Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: henry@yellowhammernews.com or on Twitter @HenryThornton95.

2 hours ago

Monument to gold star families will be added to Huntsville’s Veterans Memorial

The Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial, a park on the north side of Huntsville’s downtown area, will be adding a monument to gold star families in 2020.

Gold Star families are those who have lost a member during service in the United States Armed Forces.

The monument is the final planned addition to the veterans memorial, a project that was first dedicated on 11/11/2011. Its origin dates back to 2000 when a half-sized replica of the Vietnam memorial was temporarily displayed in Huntsville. Some residents wanted something more permanent.

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“The Veterans Memorial has been erected not to commemorate the glory of battle or triumph of victory, but to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and to pay homage to those heroes we have lost,” said Brigadier General (Retired) Bob Drolet, chair of the Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial Foundation.

The monument to the gold star families is designed and aided by the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, a foundation that has helped install similar monuments across the United States. To date, the group has placed 59 monuments across 45 states.

An identical monument was recently announced for installation in Mobile.

The primary sponsors of the Huntsville installation are Mike and Christine Wicks.

The Gold Star Family Memorial to be installed in Huntsville will be the first of its kind in Alabama.

The four panels on the back of the monument will read, “Homeland, Family, Patriot, and Sacrifice.”

Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: henry@yellowhammernews.com or on Twitter @HenryThornton95.

3 hours ago

Bruce Pearl praises religious freedom in Alabama — ‘I can live here in Auburn and practice my faith’

Speaking to members of the media Monday on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Auburn University head basketball coach Bruce Pearl lauded the religious freedom he enjoys living in the state of Alabama. He also called for unity and spoke strongly against anti-Semitism.

Pearl last spring became the fourth Jewish head coach in NCAA history to take a team to the Final Four. He was the first president of the Jewish Coaches Association.

“Today has always been a difficult day for me as it Holocaust Remembrance Day,” the coach said on Monday in the opening statement of his press availability.

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“I was born in 1960, 15 years after we opened up the gates in Auschwitz and discovered the atrocities,” he continued. “We vow to never let that happen again to anyone. Anti-Semitism is a terrible thing. As a Jewish man, I’ve lived with it my whole life and I’ve seen its ugly face many times.”

Pearl explained, “That’s why I’m so blessed to live in this country where there is great religious freedom. I can live here in Auburn and practice my faith.”

“The great challenge for me has always been that we are brothers. We are all brothers. We are all sisters. We are all related,” he outlined. “Abraham had two sons: Isaac and Ishmael. That makes us brothers because we have the same father – Abraham the father of many nations. Jesus was born a Jew and he died a Jew. That makes me brothers with my Christian brothers. If we can focus on that, whether you agree with it or not, that’s not my point. The point is we have a lot more in common than we have apart. We should celebrate those. We should never tolerate racism or something like anti-Semitism. What I would ask you all to remember is: never again.”

RELATED: Bruce Pearl slams AOC for ‘concentration camps’ tweets: ‘Attempt to rewrite the Holocaust’

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

3 hours ago

Ivey previews 2020 State of the State — ‘Challenges to address’

MONTGOMERY — Speaking at a gathering of the Alabama Council of Association Executives at Montgomery City Hall on Tuesday morning, Governor Kay Ivey gave a glimpse of her top priorities heading into the 2020 state legislative session.

The session gavels in at noon this coming Tuesday, February 4 — seven days from Ivey’s remarks. Her 2020 State of the State Address will follow the start of the session that evening, before President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address.

Ivey took to the podium Tuesday morning to an enthusiastic standing ovation.

“Already, 2020 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for our state and our people,” the governor said.

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While noting the “great things” going on with the Yellowhammer State’s record-breaking economy, Ivey added, “But y’all, we do have some work to do and some challenges to address.”

She urged everyone to tune into her State of the State Address next week for more specifics while broadly underlining some of the “challenges” she will discuss in that speech and tackle this year.

The governor listed “the upcoming Census, our prison concerns, healthcare, mental healthcare and education reform” as the top 2020 issues.

“2020 will be a make or break year regarding our Census. … I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having a full, accurate count in the 2020 Census,” Ivey stressed. “These numbers directly impact our representation in the United States House of Representatives and directly impact billions — with a ‘b’ — of dollars that come to our state, including funds for community programs, healthcare, education and job opportunities.”

“Ten years ago when we had the [last] Census, an estimated one million children went uncounted [in Alabama],” she continued. “Folks, we’ve got to close this gap and be sure that every person who’s living and breathing in Alabama completes a Census form and returns it — parents do it for their children. This is a must.”

Transitioning to her next priority, Ivey lamented, “Another large issue that has gone unaddressed in our state for decades is our heinous prison conditions.”

She acknowledged the state’s prison problems as “multifaceted and longstanding.”

In turn, Ivey said, a “multifaceted solution” will be needed.

“Y’all, this is an Alabama problem, and we’re going to have an Alabama solution for it,” the governor added. “It’s absolutely imperative we in the state of Alabama solve our prison problems. If we don’t, the Department of Justice will come in, take over, control the administration, control our funds … so failure is not an option.”

Ivey subsequently urged all Alabamians to vote “yes” on statewide Amendment One on March 3. She referred to this as the type of “bold action” needed to improve the state’s public education system.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn