Magazine article Politics Magazine

Alabama

Magazine article Politics Magazine

Alabama

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REPUBLICANS MAY BE having a tough fundraising year, but the Alabama Republican Party is finding just the opposite in a state that's had a Democratic legislature for the past 100 years.

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Last year, the state GOP was $40,000 in debt. This year, the group has raised that much plus $3.8 million toward its $4 million goal for 2010. This is the most the party has ever raised in a single year.

The party is crowing over its success, and says it will help them keep up with state Dems, who receive large cash infusions from the Alabama Education Association. The Alabama GOP doesn't have any donor that contributes anywhere near as much.

The National Republican Committee is also pretty pleased. It invited Alabama GOP chairman Mike Hubbard to share some of his methods during a recent meeting of state party chairmen. "The NRC sees it as a business model that they can implement," says Philip Brown, the Alabama GOP's communications director. …

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