Candidates Raise the Big Bucks


By Alabama News Network

State finance records show more than $11 million has been raised since candidates first became eligible to receive contributions for their 2014 campaigns.

Republican candidates have gotten $6.8 million of that money, while Democrats collected only $861,000. Political action committees raked in $6.3 million over the same time period.

Those numbers come from Alabama's new all-digital campaign finance reporting system, which was launched in June.

The state's top-spending PAC was A-VOTE, an affiliate of the Alabama Education Association. The biggest corporate spender was the Drummond Company, a Birmingham-based coal company that has given $464,000 to PACs and candidates this year.

Statewide elections are still more than a year away, but candidates are busy raising money.

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