Friday, June 02, 2006

Dollar dollar bill, y'all

Gov. Bob Riley has spent lots of them, and he has plenty more in storage, according to the final campaign disclosure reports filed before Tuesday's primaries. As it has from the start, Riley's war chest leads all gubernatorial candidates with about $2.4 million after an equal amount of spending from late April to Thursday. The governor's funds easily surpass those of his opponent, Roy Moore, who has a little more than $300,000 available after dropping almost $900,000 in that time span.

Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley is holding her own on the Democratic side with $1.3 million on hand and almost $800,000 in advertising, though her contributions slowed to a mere $138,000 in the last five weeks. Meanwhile, former Gov. Don Siegelman continues to see the fundraising repercussions of an ongoing federal corruption trial, collecting only $46,000 since April 26 and finding himself with less than $400,000 to spend four days before the vote.

Oh, and if you're wondering why you still see Chief Justice Drayton Nabers even after you close your eyes lately, it's because he's spent more than $1.6 million in the last five weeks, mostly on ads.

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