If pre-primary fundraising reports have anything to say about the race in the 6th Congressional district, U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus won’t have much competition in the March 13 Republican primary. Bachus, the incumbent, has almost $650,000 cash on hand, compared to about $20,000 combined from his challengers.
Bachus, a Vestavia Hills Republican, started this reporting period (Jan. 1-Feb. 22) with $1.08 million cash-on-hand and raised $317,000 this period, including $121,000 in individual contributions and $187,000 from PACs. He spent more than $750,000 in this period, leaving him with $646,000 cash-on-hand.
Bachus’ expenditures included $241,000 in media buys through a Maryland company called OnMessage, Inc. and $47,000 in radio ads through Auburn, Ala.-based Network Creative Media, which is owned by Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn).
In this election cycle, Bachus has raised $1.7 million and spent $1.6 million, according to the report.
Alabama state Sen. Scott Beason, a Gardendale Republican, raised more than $54,300 from individual contributors (he raised no money from PACs) and spent about $36,800, leaving him with $17,400 cash-on-hand. Beason’s expenditures included a $7,500 payment to TelOpinion Research for polling, $5,000 for a website, and $5,000 for radio, according to Beason’s report.
David Standridge, a Blount County probate judge and county commissioner, raised $32,300 from individual contributors and loaned himself $8,000, for a total of nearly $40,300. He spent most of that, leaving him with $2,600 cash-on-hand. Standridge spent $23,000 on advertising with a company called Alpine Advertising out of Oneonta, according to Standridge’s report.
Another Republican challenger, Al Mickle, had not filed a pre-primary fundraising report. Neither did the two candidates in the Democratic primary, Penny Bailey and William Barnes.
Alabama’s primary is March 13.
Pre-primary fundraising reports for Bachus, Beason and Standridge are below, in that order.