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50 days out: Congressional fundraising report

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News

With 50 days to go until the Alabama primary elections on June 5, candidates for Congress are reporting their quarterly fundraising numbers.

Below are charts showing how much candidates in competitive races raised and spent in the first quarter of 2018 and how much they have on hand.

First, a few takeaways…

  • Bobby Bright’s $300,000 personal loan gives him real money to use in the AL-2 primary. That’s enough to make legitimate ad buys on television and radio, assuming he wants to spend it all.
  • Troubling for the Bright campaign, though, is the fact that they report a total of ZERO donations from the Wiregrass, an area people always assume is a strength for Bright. Martha Roby reports dozens of Wiregrass donations.
  • Rich Hobson outraised both Barry Moore and Bright with $45K. It’s notable that Roby’s four primary challengers (Bright, Moore, Hobson, Amason) have raised just $150,000 combined compared to Roby’s $1.2 million with 50 days to go.
  • Reports show impressive fundraising numbers for Democrats Mallory Hagan ($104K) and Tabitha Isner ($54K). Hagan appears to have tapped into the ActBlue network, which directs money from all over the country to Democratic candidates.

Alabama’s 2nd District

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Alabama’s 3rd District 

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Alabama’s 5th District

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Alabama’s 1st District

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Source: FEC.gov.

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