Mo Brooks raised $298,000 for U.S. Senate primary in second quarter

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Republican U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks added another $300,000 in contributions to his campaign account between the beginning of April and the end of June, putting him more than $600,000 ahead of sitting Sen. Luther Strange in cash on hand.

Since April 1, the CD 5 Republican has raised $298,000 for his campaign account, including $255,000 from individuals and $42,000 from political committees. The candidate also spent about $105,000 during the second quarter, leaving him with nearly $1.4 million in his campaign account on July 1.

The 92-page filing shows dozens of small-dollar donors giving to the campaign, with many chipping in multiple times over the three-month period.

Among the committees who backed Brooks are Airbus, Alabama Power Co Employees PAC, Birmingham-based Balch & Bingham LLP, Honeywell International, and the Lockheed Martin Employees PAC. Brooks also picked up contributions from Georgia Republican U.S. Rep. Austin Scott and Arizona Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar.

Spending included more than $30,000 in fundraising commissions for web-based donation platform Transaxt, $16,090 for consulting from the Precision Campaign Group, and $10,400 for ad production through Steinborn Films.

Strange, who was appointed to the Senate by former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, has not yet filed his report for the quarter, though through the of March, the former Alabama Attorney General had $763,612 on hand.

The Republican Primary for the Senate seat was originally set for 2018, but new Gov. Kay Ivey moved the election forward to Aug. 15, with the general election to follow on Dec. 12.