On the strength of another loan to his campaign, Mike Durant has taken the fundraising lead in Alabama’s Republican Senate primary.
Two days before the reporting period ended on March 31, Durant loaned his campaign $2.65 million to push ahead of Katie Britt for the most money raised since entering the race.
Excluding that loan, however, Britt raised more than four times as much money as Durant for the most recent reporting period, which covers Jan. 1 to March 31.
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Altogether, Durant – a Huntsville business executive and former Army aviator and prisoner of war — has loaned his campaign $6.8 million, according to Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports. Neither opponents Britt, former president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, nor US Rep. Mo Brooks have loaned any money to their campaigns. The personal money Durant has poured into his campaign surpasses the total contributions raised by Britt and Brooks.
As of the end of March, Durant has $4.096 million in cash on hand while Britt has $3.228 million and Brooks has $1.570 million.
In the most recent reporting period, Britt brought in $1.394 million over the past three months while Durant raised $291,846. Brooks also topped Durant’s fundraising, taking in $489,675.
In a statement Monday, the Britt campaign said 84% of the contributions she has received have come from donors in Alabama.
The Britt campaign also criticized Durant for accepting $49,300 during the first quarter of 2022 from America’s Promise.
“My family and I are honored and grateful that so many hardworking Alabamians are joining our conservative grassroots campaign,” Britt said in a statement. “The momentum we’re seeing every day on the ground makes it clear that families across our state know that I will fight to put America and Alabama first, defend our Christian conservative values and preserve the American Dream for our children and our children’s children. It’s pretty obvious now why Mike Durant is afraid to debate – the truth is out about who is behind his campaign and what he really believes behind closed doors.”
The Durant campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
As far as spending, Durant and Britt are in a dead heat. Durant has spent $3.164 million so far while Britt has spent $3.151 million. Brooks has spent $2.285 million.
Britt has been the frontrunner in fundraising since entering the race in June 2021 until this latest report and Durant’s self-loan. Through the previous report ending Dec. 31, Britt had raised $4.998 million while Durant had raised $166,153 excluding his $6.8 million loan. Brooks had raised $2.191 million.