Mike Durant’s loans give him edge in Alabama Senate fundraising

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Mike Durant has the most money and has spent the most money in his Alabama Senate campaign largely funded with his own money.

According to the latest campaign finance disclosure reports leading up to the May 24 Republican primary, Durant, a Huntsville business executive and former Army POW, is dominating when it comes to funds to get his message to voters. He spent almost $4 million in a 4½-week span beginning April 1.

That outdistances Katie Britt, which recent polling has indicated is the frontrunner to win the GOP nomination. Britt, formerly the head of the Business Council of Alabama as well as chief of staff for Sen. Richard Shelby, spent $1.6 million over the same time period.

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But the spending difference perhaps represents where the candidates are in the race. Based on polling, Britt seems likely to advance to the June 21 primary runoff – assuming no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, which is not expected – and could be saving money for the month-long runoff campaign.

Durant, however, has fallen from frontrunner status into what polling suggests is a tight battle for second with US Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville.

In the heavy spending from the most recent reporting period of April 1 to May 4, Durant loaned his campaign another $2.65 million. Altogether, he has loaned his campaign $9.45 million while raising just $541,000 from donors.

Brooks spent just over $1 million in the most recent reporting period.

Neither Britt nor Brooks have loaned their campaigns any money.

Britt has been the top fundraiser when it comes to donors, raking in more than $6.76 million in her campaign. In the last reporting period, Britt raised $380,000.

Brooks has trailed in fundraising since Britt launched her campaign in June 2021 and Durant’s loans have dropped the congressman to third in the money race. Brooks has received $2.8 million in donations, including $123,000 in the most recent reporting period.

Aside from his campaign loan, Durant raised $83,000 in the most recent reporting period.

The latest reporting period came three weeks before voters go to the polls. Durant had the most cash on hand with more than $3 million. Britt had almost $2.8 million. Should Brooks advance to the runoff, he would appear to be at a financial disadvantage against either Britt or Durant with just $677,000 in cash on hand.



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