News & Updates
February 5, 2018
It’s the first time it’s happened and Tommy Battle enjoyed the moment.
The Huntsville mayor, who has emerged – at least when it comes to fundraising – as the top Republican opponent for Gov. Kay Ivey, touted the fact that he raised more money in January than the governor did.
It’s the first time, since Ivey entered the race in August, that Battle has raised more money in a monthly reporting period.
In social media posts Monday on Twitter and Facebook, Battle trumpeted his fundraising achievement.
“BIG NEWS! We outraised Governor Ivey in January,” the social media posts said. “This shows that people want new leadership and are willing to put their money behind our message!”
In the abbreviated fundraising period for January, Battle reported raising $100,910. Ivey reported raising $89,029.
Ivey still has a giant fundraising advantage altogether, having more than $2.05 million in cash on hand, according to her January campaign finance disclosure.
Battle is second in the gubernatorial field with a reported cash balance of more than $1.2 million.
State Sen. Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, is third in the fundraising race with $631,980. Hightower raised $33,270 in January.
Among Democrats, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb raised $66,440 in January and has $176,772 in cash on hand. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox raised $75,925 in January and has $148,623 in cash on hand.
The fundraising window was curtailed in January because of the start of the legislative session, which began Jan. 8. A blackout on fundraising is in place during the session until 120 days before the primaries.
With the Democratic and Republican primaries on June 5, the fundraising blackout ended Monday.