Show us the money: candidates file finance reports

Published 11:29 pm Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Republican candidate for state representative has raised and spent more campaign money than anyone running against him, and more than those seeking other offices in this year’s elections.

Candidates were required to file 45-day finance reports last week.

Mike Jones Jr., a local attorney seeking the Republican nomination for the House of Represen-tatives, had a beginning campaign balance of $5,270; received $24,810 in monetary contributions; had $1,432 in in-kind contributions; and has spent $25,504, leaving a total of $4,576 in his campaign account.

His opponent for the Republican nomination, Greg White, an accountant, had a beginning campaign balance of $1,087; received contributions of $4,650; gave his campaign $1,000; and reported expenses of $6,625, leaving a balance of $112.

David Darby, who is seeking the State House job as a Democrat but has no opposition in the June primary, had an opening balance of $7,268, received contributions of $5,475, and spent $3,791, leaving a balance of $8,952.

Jones’ largest single contribution came from Don Bullard, who gave the campaign $5,000. He also listed a $4,000 donation to his campaign, and received donations totaling $4,000 from his parents. He received a $2,000 contribution from TRUK-PAC; $1,000 from his uncle and aunt, Ricky and Nancy Jones; contributions totaling $1,000 from Jackson Cycles and Jackson Used Cars; and numerous smaller contributions.

White listed a personal $1,000 contribution to his campaign under “other sources.” His largest campaign contributions were $500 each from Josh Driver and from his mother, Marie White. He also had several smaller contributions.

Darby has received several contributions totaling $2,200 from a pharmacy political action committee, APA PAC. His largest single contribution was $1,000 from Helen Griffin of Andalusia. He also had several smaller contributions.

Don Cotton has announced plans to qualify as an independent candidate for the office, but has not completed the process yet. He was not required to file a report.

In other races, Greg Gambril, a Democrat seeking reelection as district attorney, had a beginning balance of $9,914, received $1,325, spent $6,646, leaving his campaign a total of $4,593.

His challenger, Republican Walt Merrell, raised $19,500 in the current reporting period. He has spent $11,961, leaving a campaign balance of $7,538.

Reports filed with the Alabama Secretary of State office show that most of Gambril’s beginning balance was a remaining balance from the 2004 election year. His largest contribution was $1,000 from family members in Tuscaloosa. He also received several smaller contributions.

Merrell’s largest contribution was $2,500 from Don and Renee Bullard. He also received $2,000 from TN Valley Citizens for Economic Development; contributions totaling $1,000 from Jackson Cycles and Jackson Honda; contributions totaling $1,500 from Palmer and Sons Wrecker Service, Palmer and Sons Real Property and Palmer and Sons Collision Center; $1,000 from Tony and Lynne Holmes; $1,000 from Kyle and Susan Gantt; $1,000 from Roger McLeod; and numerous smaller contributions.

In the sheriff’s race, Democrat incumbent Dennis Meeks received $2,000 – including $1,500 from his wife – and spent $1,370, leaving a balance of $630.

His November challenger, Republican John Davis of Lockhart, received $1,000 from the Covington County Republican Committee, spent $678.66, and had a balance of $321.34 when the 45-day reports were filed.

Reports can be viewed by visiting the Alabama Secretary of State’s Web site at and entering a candidate’s name.