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October 22, 2014

Byrne Cruising Toward Victory in December 17th Alabama Special Election (Corrected)

A Republican Congressional candidate running a special general election in Alabama’s First Congressional District has reported he has $136,000 in cash as of the day before Thanksgiving, and is expected to easily win a seat in Congress on December 17th.

The campaign of businessman Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., reported it had receipts of $430,584 and disbursements of $579,657 from 10/17 through 11/27, leaving $136,217 cash on hand as of 11/27, and debts of $75,064. The campaign owes $26,207 to Targeted Victory for media consulting and online advertising. It owes $41,651 to the Gula Graham Group for fundraising consulting. The committee spent $241,547 on media.

The financial report covers from 10/17 to 11/27 and many of the receipts and expenditures were for the special Republican run-off on 11/5, which Byrne won. The report shows PACs and other committees, such as leadership PACs, gave $38,500 after the special run-off.

Individual donors included $2,600 on 10/22 from Gana Dunlop, an executive with Roberts Oxygen (FL), and $2,600 on 10/22 from both William Roberts (Roberts Oxygen, MD) and Eveline Roberts. The chairman of Airbus Americas, Allan McArtor gave $1,000 on 10/17 and $1,000 on 11/26. Sean O’Keefe, CEO of EADS North America, gave $1,000 on 11/26.

PACs and other committees gave $266,500 including $5,000 from Boeing PAC on 11/26; $5,000 from Honeywell International PAC on 10/31; $10,000 on 11/26 from the PAC of Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Bryne is running in a safe Republican district against Burton LeFlore, D-Ala., to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Jo Bonner, Ala., who resigned to take a job with the University of Alabama. LeFlore has not yet filed his pre-election campaign finance disclosure report, but previously reported raising $6,649 through 9/4.

Updated:  In a new contribution notice Byrne for Congress reported receiving $5,000 more from Honeywell International PAC on 12/3; $2,500 from Regions Financial Corporation on 12/4; among others.

Correction: An earlier posting had listed an incorrect state name.

  • Richard Winger

    There is also an independent candidate in this race. Whether he gets on the ballot depends on the US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, in a few days.

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