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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

$tate Court Filing$

Below I've compiled the "ending balance", also known as "cash on hand", numbers for the State court races. There are some candidacies for which reports weren't available and there will certainly be more candidates emerging over the coming weeks and months to further populate these races. But these numbers should provide a good starting point for looking at the financial foundations of the upcoming judicial races. Look through the filings yourself and if you find anything noteworthy let the rst of us know.

For more comprehensive information, including the latest candidate entries and contact information, check out the AlabamaElections Directory.

Chief Justice
(R)Drayton Nabers - $259K , (R)Tom Parker - $2K , (D)Sue Bell Cobb - $188K

Assoc Justices
Place 1 (R) Champ Lyons - $70K
Place 2 (R) Tom Woodall - $32K
Place 3 (R) Lyn Stuart $101K , Al Johnson (D) - $20K
Place 4 (R) Glenn Murdock - $193K , (R) Jean Brown - $13K

Civil Appeals
Place 1 - (R) Terry Moore - ??? , (D) Ray Vaughan - $299K
Place 2 - (R) Craig Pittman - $216K
Place 3 - (R) Terri Thomas - 5K , (R) Phillip Wood - 5K

Criminal Appeals
Place 1 - (R) Greg Shaw - 104K
Place 2 - (R) Kelli Wise - 3K
Place 3 - (R) Clay Crenshw - 24K, (R) Beth Kellum - ???


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nabers is off to a _very_ slow start, for someone who goes around telling people that Tom Parker is definately in the race.

Parker should be able to raise $1 million this time around. That means Nabers will need at least $6 million merely to match the funding edge Brown had when she lost to Tom Parker in 2004. By that rough formula, Nabers has so far raised only 1/20th of what he'll need in total.

9:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe his friends at the ACLU or SCLC are waiting to see if Parker actually runs before they get involved.

9:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re above -- Meant SPLC.

9:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man, nabers looks jut like skeletor!!

9:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

um, fundraising isn't going to be Drayton Nabers problem.

1:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parker should have lots of time for fundraising, as he certainly isn't spending his time doing the job he was elected to do.

4:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parker will probably raise a bunch of $$ from his Democrat trial lawyer buddies.

5:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zac, your post is helpful, but wouldn't it be more informative if you gave us the total money raised by each candidate, rather than the net on hand at time of filing. If a candidate already has prepaid significant consulting or printing costs, the net number you're reporting will mask what is a real advantage for the candidate who already has raised and spent the money for those expenses. In addition, the gross amounts raised better reflect each candidate's fund raising potential in the months to come. Thanks, keep up the good work.

5:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:43:00 PM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

My thinking was that cash on hand gave a better understanding of how these races stand currently.

For example Tom Parker raised 100K for the year but only has 2K left in reserve. To me, the 2K is more instructive than the 100K figure.

But you are certainly right that the more information the better, which is why I encouraged readers to point out various information I didn't.

And finally I didn't want to throw to many numbers out just for the sake of readabilitiy. Putting total fundraising, expenditures, loans, etc. would be overload for most readers I think.

I think you do have a point though, but in my mind if I could choose one number to know, it would be cash on hand.

I appreciate your feedback.

7:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I was impressed by how much data Zac assembled overnight; to expect more detailed information is to expect too much, in my opinion. I haven't paid Zac anything for all the interesting information I get from him almost every day, so I have no complaint that he can't get to everything I'd like to see.

9:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

um, fundraising isn't going to be Drayton Nabers problem.

It's not a problem if Nabers is willing to spend his own money; it is a potential problem if he wants to run his campaign like so many businessmen run their businesses -- using "other people's money".

Most businessmen are pretty careful about money. Before they give significantly to Nabers they'll want to know if Tom Parker is running. If they think he will run, they have to consider that it will take Nabers $6 for every dollar Tom Parker raises to have the same impact on the election (based on the standard established by Jean Brown, who lost to Parker despite having business support about 6x greater than Parker's total support in the primary).

From that perspective, contributing to Nabers' campaign is a high-risk endeavor. It wouldn't surprise me if many business supporters will wait to see if Parker will run and if Nabers will invest his own money.

If he doesn't consider the investment to be worth the risk of his money, why should they risk theirs?

9:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brown didn't have 6 times Parker's money. You aren't counting the late trial lawyer money that wasn't reported until well after the primary though it was received, and spent, the last two weeks of the primary. Parker avoided reporting it timely by filing his pre-primary disclosure early and before the checks were in the bank. The media buys had been made however with knowledge the monies were on the way. Pretty crafty. Too bad Brown didn't have better campaign advice.

9:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It might be of interest to note the irony of Brown's losing campaign team in '04 being the same team who lost Murdock's first supreme court race in "98. I suspect neither of them will use those folks again. Fool me once, etc.

2:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brown didn't have 6 times Parker's money.

By herself, no. But include the indepedent expenditures in support of her and the combined total invested in her primary candidacy was about 6x greater than the amount of money spent on Parker's primary campaign.

Thus the main point remains that one dollar invested in a Parker candidacy is worth several dollars, likely $6 or more, spent on the typical only business-backed candidate.

8:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Parker4chiefjustice said...

When is Parker going to take the plunge? Why is he waiting and allowing Skeletor to build his war chest? I don't think that Parker can count on any big money from the handful of lawyers that supported him against Jean Brown.

10:02:00 PM  
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