Carl, Coleman lead pre-runoff fundraising in Alabama’s GOP congressional races
The latest fundraising reports have been filed in the respective Republican primary runoffs for the U.S. House of Representatives in Alabama’s First Congressional District and Second Congressional District.
Covering April 1 to June 24, the pre-runoff reports were due by Thursday, July 2 — 12 days ahead of the July 14 election.
Reports filed with the FEC show that Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl, running in AL-01, raised $215,740, spent $183,035 and finished the period with $238,925 cash-on-hand.
Meanwhile, his opponent former State Senator Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) reported raising $174,057, spending $192,156 and ending the period with $194,924 on hand.
The campaigns have also filed 48-hour notice reports in the subsequent days. These mandatory reports only include donations of $1,000 or more and thus do not include all money raised in a 48-hour window.
Carl reported raising $9,500 from June 25 through July 3, while Hightower reported raising $30,950 during the same timeframe.
In AL-02, Wiregrass businessman Jeff Coleman led in fundraising for the pre-runoff report period.
From April 1 to June 24, Coleman raised $328,502, spent $257,761 and finished the period with $132,054.
In comparison, his opponent former State Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) brought in $92,343, spent $126,784 and concluded the period with $92,583 on hand.
Moore has not filed any 48-hour notice reports for June 25 through July 3. Coleman reported raising $12,500 during this period.
While in different races, fundraising leaders Carl and Coleman share the same fundraiser: EBW Development.
Hightower and Moore are both backed by Washington, D.C.-based Club for Growth, which has spent large sums for both candidates during the runoff.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn