Politics

Moore Relied Heavily On Fundraising Outside Alabama During Final Campaign Stretch

Most large-dollar donations were from outside state in October and November

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The Republican candidate for Alabama’s Senate seat, Roy Moore, raised three times more in big-dollar donations from donors outside his state than from those within Alabama, according to newly released Federal Election Commission data that covers Oct. 1 through Nov. 22

Moore, the former chief judge of the Alabama Supreme Court, raised nearly $680,000 in itemized donations from outside of Alabama during that time, and only $172,000 from donations within the state.

He also raised $861,400 in non-itemized contributions.

The FEC requires candidates itemize contributions only for donors who have contributed more than $200.

This is the first FEC report to be released that shows the campaign’s fundraising since The Washington Post reported in early November that Moore had allegedly pursued underage girls when he was in his 30s. Moore has denied the allegations. The special election race to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions comes to a close on Tuesday, as voters head to the polls to cast ballots for Moore or his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones. 

The top states for Moore’s fundraising operation, outside of Alabama, were Texas, California, Florida and Virginia. Together they combined for about $272,000 in itemized donations.

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Moore received only three itemized contributions from inside Washington, D.C., which totaled $1,250.

Itemized contributions for Jones were not available electronically Monday morning because of the large size of Jones’ filing, though he is also expected to have a sizable amount of out-of-state donations. The Senate requires all candidates to submit paper filings, which are then converted to machine-readable data by the FEC.

Jones so far has far outraised Moore. He brought in more than five times as much as Moore in this filing, according to the pre-special election fundraising report. But Moore’s campaign and others have noted Moore is typically outspent in elections, and that his passionate base of supporters will still turn out to the polls.

In recent days Moore’s campaign has sent several fundraising blasts in an attempt to raise $300,000 for a final push to get out the vote.

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“If you’re sick and tired of [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell and the entire D.C. establishment who hate our conservative Christian values .... I hope and pray you’ll step up and chip in a donation to help close the gap before midnight tonight,” Moore said in a fundraising email sent Sunday night.

Democrats have also stepped up their fundraising for Jones, with the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and other groups sending out fundraising emails touting a close race.

“In a race this close, the outcome will depend on what we do in the next day,” read one DSCC fundraising email sent Monday morning. “Doug is counting on you.”

Bridget Bowman contributed to this report.

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