If receiving contributions from Alabama voters shows a candidate’s strength in a race, then Katie Britt’s bid to become the state’s next U.S. Senator has harnessed never-before-seen horsepower.
Britt, a first-time candidate for public office, raised a whopping $2.24 million during the most recent fundraising period, according to her campaign. More than 90% of her contributions came from within the Yellowhammer State.
This is the largest quarterly fundraising total ever posted by a Republican candidate for federal office in Alabama history.
Having announced her candidacy on June 8, Britt reached her milestone total in only 23 days. No candidate for office in Alabama has ever raised as much in that short amount of time.
The Enterprise native credits her “Alabama First” message for the record-breaking level of support she has received.
“I am proud that such a large number of our contributions came from right here in Alabama,” Britt said. “It is clear that the people of our great state know that we don’t just need a senator from Alabama, we need a Senator FOR Alabama. Our Alabama First message is resonating strongly with hardworking families who want to protect our Christian conservative values and see real results – not the same old tired, empty rhetoric that politicians have been selling them for decades. We’re seeing and hearing this on the campaign trail every day, and these numbers certainly reinforce the incredible reception and momentum we’re experiencing on the ground. I cannot thank our supporters enough for their enthusiasm and generosity.”
Britt, who most recently led the state’s largest business organization, cited a desire to push back on the policies of the Biden administration as a primary motivator for her candidacy when she initially declared for the race, saying, “When I look at what’s happening in Joe Biden’s Washington, I don’t recognize our nation.”
And this week, she again recalled her family’s background in small business as she commented on the extent of her early support.
“I believe in Alabama and the promise of the American Dream we grew up with – and it’s humbling that so many Alabamians believe in me and the dream that the daughter of two small business owners from Coffee County will soon represent us in the United States Senate,” Britt remarked. “Our team is growing by the minute, and this movement is just getting started. Together, we are going to win in 2022 and ensure Alabama always has a seat at the table.”
Britt’s campaign highlighted the fact that she raised more than $353,000 from her home area in the Wiregrass.
The second quarter filing deadline for federal candidates is July 15. Alabama’s primary is scheduled for May 24, 2022
Tim Howe is an owner of Yellowhammer Multimedia