Blackwell, Wallace top fundraisers during 2010 elections

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

A Birmingham state senator and a Maplesville state representative raised the most money in 2010 during their respective bids to earn a spot on the Shelby County delegation of the Alabama Legislature.

District 15 Sen. Slade Blackwell, R-Birmingham, raised $749,265.64 in cash and in-kind campaign contributions in 2010, $144,975 of which he raised from late October to Dec. 31, 2010.

Blackwell’s top contributors during the last quarter of 2010 were the Alabama Medical Political Action Committee, which donated $20,000, and the Alabama Realtors PAC, which donated $15,000.

District 42 Rep. Kurt Wallace, R-Maplesville, recorded $155,865.12 in contributions in 2010. Wallace defeated Democratic incumbent Jimmy Martin to claim the District 42 seat.

Wallace collected $24,650 in contributions during the last quarter of 2010. His top contributors during the final quarter were the Shelby County Republican Party and the DSA PAC, each of which donated $5,000.

Indian Springs resident Mary Sue McClurkin, the Republican District 43 state representative, reported $106,171.71 in cash and in-kind contributions last year, $7,130 of which came during the year’s last quarter.

Her top donor during the last quarter of 2010 was the Montgomery-based Alabama Forestry PAC, which donated $2,500.

District 49 Rep. April Weaver, R-Alabaster, collected $70,551.34 in contributions in 2010 on her way to the House of Representatives seat formerly held by Cam Ward.

Weaver collected $9,500 in contributions during the final months of 2010, and the Forest PAC made the largest donation of the quarter with $2,500.

District 48 Rep. Greg Canfield, R-Vestavia, received $50,999 in contributions in 2010, $3,500 of which came during the final quarter of 2010.

Canfield’s top donation of the closing months of 2010 came from the Alabama Academy of Ophthalmology PAC, which contributed $1,000.

Jim McClendon, a Republican from Springville who was re-elected last year to serve as the District 50 representative, recorded an annual total of $44,804 in campaign contributions.

In the final months of 2010, McClendon raised $11,000 in contributions, and his largest donors during the quarter were the Alabama Realtors PAC, which contributed $5,000 and the Fight Back for Justice PAC, which donated $2,500.

District 41 Rep. Mike Hill, R-Columbiana, brought in a total of $6,000 in contributions last year, all of which came during the final quarter of 2010.

Hill’s top contributors of the year were the Rapides PAC, which donated $2,000, and the Tennessee-based Check into Cash of Alabama, which donated $1,500.

In the Senate race, Ward, an Alabaster Republican who was elected to represent the District 14 Senate seat, raised $222,620 last year.

Ward raised $25,500 during the final quarter of 2010, and his top contributors during the quarter were the Fight Back for Justice PAC, which donated $10,000, and AB PAC, which donated $5,000.

District 16 Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Birmingham, brought in $182,237 in contributions last year, $6,500 of which came during the final quarter of the year.

Waggoner’s top contributors during the final months of 2010 were the Alabama Medical PAC, which donated $5,000, and the Chiropractic PAC, which donated $1,000.