Phillip Rawls of Associated Press summarizes the reports for gubernatorial candidates nicely here.
Here’s a list of the gubernatorial candidates listed by 2009 contributions (not counting loans, in-kind contributions, or receipts from other sources).
(Left in Alabama has a thorough summary and comment thread on this topic here.)
Ron Sparks reported 39 contributions totalling $269,600 from January 2010 on his 2009 year-end account. That indicates that he actually raised $386,588 in 2009. He also loaned himself half a million dollars. Without the January 2010 contributions and the half a million dollar loan, he’d report about $67,000 cash on hand at 2009′s year-end. (The included 2010 contributions are the reason for the asterisk.) By contrast, his only primary opponent, Artur Davis, raised almost $2.2 million in 2009 ($1 million of it transferred from his Congressional campaign) and has ~$1.4 million on hand, debt-free.
Lessee… other observations…
Kay Ivey reports $1,561,000 on hand, but she also reports that she loaned herself $1,500,000 on New Year’s Eve. This is a regular trick she does. The New Year’s Eve loan shows up on the annual report for the year, but she repays the money almost immediately after the New Year so that the money is not really in her campaign account but a few days – long enough to inflate her year-end balance. You can see an example here in this report for 2008 [.pdf]. On January 2, 2008, she pays back a $1 million loan that she made a few days before at the end of 2007. You can see on the same form that she loans herself a million dollars again on December 31, 2008. Three days later, on January 2, 2009, she repays $975,000 [.pdf] but in the meantime reports a 2008 ending balance of $1,003,137.54.
Robert Bentley loaned himself almost $800,000. Otherwise he has spent more than he raised (spent $198k and raised $144k).
Tim James’s ending balance of $2.6 million is formidable. He started 2009 with $1.6 million (from loans to himself according to the AP article) and has $700,000 in loans this year. In 2009 he raised $1.36 million and spent a million.
Some notes on the legislative side…
Mike Hubbard released a statement:
Hubbard, the House Minority Leader and Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, raised $139,303 for his campaign and reported a total of $225,383 cash on hand. Both amounts exceed those reported by all other House Members.
“I hope my fundraising numbers clearly indicate that I am focused on more than just my work as Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party and our Campaign 2010 effort to take over the Legislature,” Hubbard said. “Since all politics is local, I am also keeping a keen eye on my own backyard and taking nothing for granted.
First-time candidate Susan Pace Hamill has raised over $120,000 in her effort to secure the Democratic nomination for HD 63. She seeks to succeed Rep. Robert Bentley who has only raised $24,000 more in contributions for his gubernatorial run than she has for her district campaign.
Rep. Billy Beasley (D – Clayton) has raised $210,000 for his senatorial campaign in SD 28. Mowery Consulting passes along the observation, “The only two senators to outraise our client, Rep. Billy Beasley (D-Clayton) are the powerful chairmen of the Rules Committee and the Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.” Lowell Barron (D – Fyffe) of the Rules Committee reports raising $432,750, and Roger Bedford (D – Russellville) of the General Fund Committee reports raising $366,062.
What are the numbers saying to you?