Alabama GOP race for governor includes big donations, millions spent

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Alabama’s primary election is May 24, and Governor Kay Ivey is seeking a second term, but she must win her party’s nomination first. Some polls have shown the governor near or above the 50.1% threshold needed to win the primary without a runoff.

But, she has also been the subject of concerted attacks on television by her rivals in the race. Campaign finance revelations show millions being spent by Ivey and his opponents.

Under Alabama’s campaign finance reporting rules, in the last four weeks before an election, Alabama gubernatorial candidates are required to file weekly reports. News 19 reviewed April’s filings by candidates and filings from the first week of May.

Governor Ivey raised and spent the most money in the race, including spending $2.3 million in April. Tim James spent about $1 million less in April, $1.39 million, and Lindy Blanchard, spent $1.7 million in April.

Looking at some of the race’s biggest fundraising numbers, Blanchard has loaned his campaign $9.4 million, including $1.6 million in April. Ivey received $1.75 million in three installments from Get Families Back to Work, Inc. in three installments from March 31 to April 28.

The group’s listed address in Washington, DC, is the same as the Republican Governors Association. James said he received a $500,000 contribution from a Mobile-based investment advisory firm, Clearbrook LLC, on May 4.

Reports for the first week of May show Ivey spent $789,050 during that time, Blanchard spent $697,462 and James spent $383,459.

Reports from the first week of May show Ivey raised $613,281, far ahead of James, who said he raised $28,250 and Blanchard, who said he raised just $1,500.


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