Dark Money and the University of Alabama

On WVNN this morning, Dr. Brown discussed The Alabama Association For Higher Education and the flow of dark money from this “not for profit” organization into Alabama politics, a matter of interest to all of us.

The data below come from the Alabama Secretary of State’s electronic data base for campaign finance and shows how some of the AAFHE money was routed into politics. For the most part, the data base shows political contributions and expenditures involving candidates for state offices and those persons and organizations contributing to their campaigns. Data here were reported for 2014 and 2015. Data for 2016 has not been reported (2016 annual reports are due by early February 2017).

AAFHE has given $541,000 to The Innovation PAC and is its only contributor. Three other PACs have received $15,000 each.
 
The Innovation PAC has contributions of over $330,000 to the recipients shown below:
 
Recipient               Amount
MIKE HUBBARD 20,000
DEL MARSH 20,000
TOM WHATLEY 17,500
GERALD DIAL 15,000
CLYDE CHAMBLISS 15,000
PAUL BUSSMAN 15,000
ROBER BENTLEY 15,000
GERALD ALLEN 15,000
TIM MELSON 15,000
BILL HOLTZCLAW 10,000
SHAY SHELNUTT 10,000
PHIL WILLIAMS 10,000
HARRI ANNE SMITH 10,000
JIMMY HOLLEY 10,000
CHRIS SEIBERT 10,000
GREGORY ALBRITTON 7,500
LARRY STUTTS 5,000
ROGER BEDFORD 5,000
ALABAMA SENATE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE 5,000
KAY IVEY 5,000
STEVE LIVINGSTON 5,000
KYLE SOUTH 3,500
MIKE MILLICAN 3,500
MACK BUTLER 3,500
RICHARD LINDSEY 3,000
ALAN BOOTHE 2,500
CHRIS ENGLAND 2,500
JIM PATTERSON 2,500
ROD SCOTT 2,500
ALABAMA HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE 2,500
STEVE FRENCH 2,500
WILL AINSWORTH 2,500
BILL HIGHTOWER 2,500
BARBARA DRUMMOND 2,500
CHRIS PRINGLE 2,500
MARK TUGGLE 2,500
CHRIS SELLS 2,500
DAVID FAULKNER 2,500
STEVE CLOUSE 2,500
TERRI COLLINS 2,500
KEN JOHNSON 2,500
PATRICIA TODD 2,500
KERRY RICH 2,500
WILL AINSWOTH 2,500
A. J. MCCAMPBELL 2,500
JOHN ROGERS 2,500
CHRIS SELLERS 1,000
DIMITRI POLIZOS 1,000
MAC BUTTRAM 1,000
JAMES BUSKEY 1,000
BARRY MOORE 1,000
DAN WILLIAMS 1,000
STEVE HURST 1,000
NATHANIEL LEDBETTER 1,000
MARCEL BLACK 1,000
BECKY NORDGREN 1,000
ED HENRY 1,000
DAVID SESSIONS 1,000
KURT WALLACE 1,000
ALABAMA HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE 1,000
BILL ROBERTS 1,000
REED INGRAM 1,000
LESLEY VANCE 1,000
RICHARD BAUGHN 1,000
CHARLES NEWTON 1,000
DEXTER GRIMSLEY 1,000
HARRY SHIVER 1,000
RITCHIE WHORTON 1,000
JOHNNY MACK MORROW 1,000
K. L. BROWN 1,000
SAFEGUARD 99
U.S. POSTMASTER 62
Grand Total 330,161
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