Fundraising Slow in Alabama 2nd Dist. Race

WASHINGTON (AP) - With party primaries just five months away, fundraising is quiet in the race for the 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring Republican Congressman Terry Everett.

Just two candidates, both Republicans, have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission that is required when a campaign's fundraising tops $5,000.

Republican state Representative Jay Love of Montgomery is one of the two who has filed with the Federal Election Commission. He formally announced in October.

The other candidate to file with the FEC, Montgomery television station executive David Woods, filed his paperwork January 4th.

Love announced last week that he has raised $369,000 through the end of the year, but he loaned himself $300,000 of that to kickstart his campaign.

Republican state Senator Harri Anne Smith, who announced her campaign in November, had not filed with the FEC as of today.

Neither had state Representative David Grimes of Montgomery or Dothan oral surgeon Craig Schmidtke.

On the Democratic side, no candidates had filed with the FEC, even though party officials are optimistic that Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright will run as a Democrat. He was unavailable for comment today.

The seat has been held by Republicans since 1965.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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