Super PACs: Outside spending in the US House District 5 race

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – More than $370,000 has been spent by outside organizations supporting or opposing candidates in Alabama’s US House District 5 race.

Compared to US House races across the country, Alabama’s District 5 race ranks 12th in total money spent against Republicans, and all of those funds go to one candidate, Dale Strong.

According to political watchdog Open Secrets, the House Freedom Action super political action committee (PAC) spent $281,000 to oppose Strong’s campaign. The organization funded attack ads criticizing Strong’s time as Madison County Commissioner, including the decision to move a Confederate monument from its place in front of the Madison County Courthouse.

The House Freedom Action super PAC is aligned with the House Freedom Fund, a conservative group that supports some Republican candidates. The House Freedom Fund supports Strong’s opponent, Casey Wardynski.

“They only spend money on you if you lead the race,” Strong told News 19. “I’ll take my record against anyone who runs for Congress in the United States.”

Despite opposition, Strong said he believed he had the district’s support.

“I have a proven record,” Strong said. “My family has lived in Alabama for eight generations. I’m not a Johnny come lately. I’m someone people turn to when they need something.

The Alabama-based conservative super PAC “Defend Our Values” was founded in 2020 and emerged from this election cycle with a $30,453 donation supporting the Strong campaign.

“America First Alabama,” an Athens, Alabama-based PAC, spent $60,275 to support Casey Wardynski.

The total number of campaign contributions is somewhat smaller in the Alabama House District 5 race than the millions spent in the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races.

Strong raised $846,904 and Casey Wardynski is right behind Strong, having raised $515,611. The two fundraising favorites are followed by John Roberts who raised $165,595.

Six candidates are vying for the GOP nomination for the 5th District seat. Unless a candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in the primary election on May 25, the top two will face each other in a runoff on June 21.


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