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Candidates raise $90K in 35 days

More than $285,000 has been donated to the campaigns of five Covington County individuals seeking election to two offices on Tuesday.

When 10-day reports were filed in the Secretary of State’s office this week, the candidates had added $90,674 to their election coffers in the 35 days since 45-day reports were filed.

Mike Jones Jr., who is seeking election to the Alabama House of Representatives in District 92, led the fundraising, received $63,235 in contributions and 16,569 in in-kind contributions in the most recent reporting period. He was followed by Independent challenger Don Cotton, who received $11,500. Darby, the Democratic candidate, received $1,800.

Members of the House of Representatives earn approximately $49,500 annually for part-time work. House members receive a low salary plus expenses. (Source: Sunshine Review).

In the district attorney’s race, Republican Walt Merrell received $8,724 in the most recent period, while the incumbent, Democrat Greg Gambril, received $5,415.

District attorneys in Alabama earn approximately $148,935 annually, a figure which does not include benefits and expenses. (Source: Sunshine Review)

Jones

In the most recent financial disclosure, Jones reported contributions of $500 or more from:

• Alabama Republican Party, $3,000

• Alabama Builders PAC, $1,000

• Johnnie M. Jackson, III, $500

• BIZPAC, $500

• Mike Jones, Sr., $500

• Jean Jones, $500

• James Weeks, $500

• Scott Weeks, $500

• Progress PAC, $1,000

• Ala. Council of Community Mental Health Boards, $500

• Friends of Mike Hubbard, $27,000

• Alabama Poultry Trust, $500

• Vend PAC, $500

• Alabama Realtors PAC, $5,000

• Alabama Power Co. employees PAC, $500

• Wholesale PAC, $500

• Progress PAC, $10,000

• Forest PAC, $5,000

• Timber PAC, $500

• Jo Bonner for Congress, $500

• Automobile Dealers Association of Alabama PAC, $1,000

• Bachus Relection, $500

• Paul DeMarco campaign, $1,000

Jones also had $16,569 in in-kind contributions from the Republican party.

In the same time period, he spent $37,275.

Cotton

Cotton reported contributions of $500 or more from:

• Franklin PAC, $1,000

• Vision PAC, $5,000

• JDC PAC, $4,000

In the same time period, Cotton spent $16,597.

Darby

Darby reported contributions of $500 or more from:

• Julie Burgess, $500

• Lilly USA, LLC, $500

In the same time period, Darby spent $13,431.

Merrell

In the most recent reporting period, Merrell has received contributions of $500 or more from:

• Barron for Senate, $1,000

• Harper Electric, $500

• Edwin McIntyre & Co., $500

• Andalusia Dental Group, $500

• Ronald McLeod, $500

• Gayle Merrell, $500

• Martha Edgar, $500

In the same time period, Merrell spent $8,907.

Gambril

In the most recent reporting period, Gambril has received contributions of $500 or more from:

• James Askew, $500

• Johnnie Jackson, III, $500

• Robert and Patty Meyer, $500

• Robert Ramoska, Jr., $500

Gambril also had $1,318 in in-kind contributions, including $696 from Erin Scott classified as “administrative.”

In the same time period, Gambril spent $5,817.

*Source: Sunshine Review. House members receive a low salary plus expenses. DA’s salary does not include benefits.