Politics

Jones Bested Moore in Alabama Fundraising Under National Spotlight

But both received majority of large-dollar donations from out of state

Democrat Doug Jones, center, accompanied by New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Alabama Rep. Terri A. Sewell, waves to supporters as he arrives for a canvass kickoff rally at his campaign field office in Birmingham, Ala., on Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones received almost a quarter of his $3.2 million itemized donations from within the state between Oct. 1 and Nov. 22, according to records newly released by the Federal Election Commission.

That’s more than the Senate candidate’s opponent, Republican Roy Moore, who netted 20 percent of his $861,000 itemized contributions from within the state during the same period of time. 

The race to fill former Sen. Jeff Sessions’ seat ends Tuesday as voters across Alabama head to the polls to decide between Jones and Moore.

As previously reported by Roll Call, Jones dominated over this last period of fundraising disclosed by the FEC before the special election. The stretch encompassed the time since Moore was accused of inappropriately pursuing teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Moore has denied the allegations.

The FEC requires candidates to itemize contributions only for donors who have contributed more than $200. But because of a Senate requirement that candidates submit their FEC filings on paper, information about the names and residencies of Jones’ large-dollar donors were not available until Election Day. Moore’s were available last week.

Jones raised $5,768,300 in non-itemized contributions, while Moore raised $861,400.

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Prior to Oct. 1, both candidates had seen a higher proportion of their itemized donations come from Alabama. Jones previously had 62 percent coming from the state, though the race was widely seen as less competitive before the accusations emerged about Moore’s past.

Moore has used the allegations, first reported by The Washington Post, to criticize forces outside Alabama for attempting to influence the race.

Both candidates received higher totals from Alabama than any other state, though their next highest states differed.

Since October, Moore’s largest contributions came mostly from the South, with Alabama, Texas, California, Florida and Virginia comprising his top five. Jones received the most from Alabama, California, New York, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

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