By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
The current campaign cycle has in many ways been defined by the massive amount of TV advertising paid for by massive amounts of campaign fundraising.
If you’ve followed our analysis of campaign finance, you know that candidates for legislative and constitutional office are often buoyed by contributions from industry and political groups. Those contributions can range from as little as $2,500 to as much as $100,000, which the campaigns then turn into advertising.
The state trucking industry, namely the Alabama Trucking Association, is taking a different approach this year. In its support of Gov. Kay Ivey’s reelection efforts, the truckers are foregoing the typical campaign contribution, and instead running an ad of their own.
The ad features Kelly Robinson, a trucker and president of Service One Transport in Muscle Shoals. See the full spot below.
Greg Brown, Chairman of TRUK PAC and president of B.R. Williams in Oxford, said ATA wanted to show its support for Ivey in an ad that could break through the noice.
“Professional drivers deliver 86 percent of everything shipped in Alabama, and it’s important that people know that this state is home to more than 110,000 people who work in trucking – that’s 1 in 15 jobs in the state. Fortunately, Gov. Ivey understands that trucking is essential to our economic success and has worked with our industry to get more people into the industry so they can in turn provide for their families. When an elected official keeps their word, provides
strong leadership, and produces positive results, they deserve our support and our vote. Gov. Ivey has done just that.”