|Realtor groups mislead members about Garner|
|Written by News Desk|
|Tuesday, 20 May 2014 19:08|
Harris Garner (pictured) is denying claims made by the Alabama Realtors Political Action Committee that he has accepted political contributions from the Alabama Education Association.
By BRIAN HODGE
A recent statement by the Alabama Realtors Political Action Committee (ARPAC) does not appear to be on a firm foundation. An e-mail sent on May 9, 2014 on behalf of ARPAC from Brad Owen- Executive Vice President of Montgomery Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) appears to be misleading MAAR members about Harris Garner, candidate for Senate District 30. The e-mail claims that the AEA contributed "large" sums of money to PACs that have contributed "large" sums to Garner. The Garner campaign denies the claim.
"It is of particular note that AEA has made large contributions to PACs that have contributed large sums of money to Harris Garner," the e-mail stated. Owen's statement appears to be without merit. The statement was part of an endorsement for Clyde Chambliss, Garner's primary opponent in the Republican Party Primary for District 30.
A check of the Secretary of State website that tracks campaign activity reveals that, as of May 19, 2014, nine PACs have contributed a total of $15,000 to Garner's campaign. None of the PACs received contributions from the AEA. Chambliss by contrast has received contributions from 35 PACs totaling $158,000 according to the State website.
Garner has financed much of his campaign through personal loans to the campaign. As of Monday, May 19, 2014 campaign finance information available on the Secretary of State's website indicates Garner has loaned his own campaign $133,000.
The Millbrook Independent made numerous attempts to contact Owen as well as Jeremy Walker, Governmental Affairs Director - Alabama Association of Realtors. Walker was listed as an alternate contact in the e-mail. On Monday morning May 19, Walker told The Independent he would have to see the e-mail before he could comment on it. We forwarded a copy of the e-mail to Walker Monday morning and were unable to reach him again before press deadline. Owen did not return our calls requesting an interview.
ARPAC has given Chambliss $15,000 in political contributions. Barry Mask, a former member of the Alabama House of Representatives is CEO of Alabama Association of Realtors and treasurer of ARPAC.
All state campaign finance reports, can be found online at the Secretary of State's website http://www.sos.state.al.us. Click the "View Campaign Finance Reports" tab on the right hand side of the page under the image of the State Seal.
Below are listed the contributions received from political action committees to the campaigns of Harris Garner and Clyde Chambliss as of Monday, May 19, 2014.
Harris Garner's PAC contributions
1. ) $1,000.00 03/06/2014 ABC MERIT PAC
2.) $2,500.00 10/28/2013 POLITICAL ANIMAL PAC
3.) $500.00 12/03/2013 GOODWYN, MILLS & CAWOOD PAC
4.) $2,500.00 04/23/2014 TRUST REPRESENTING INVOLVED ALABAMA LAWYERS
5.) $1,000.00 03/03/2014 STATE FARM AGENTS AND ASSOCIATES OF ALABAMA PAC
6.) $2,000.00 01/08/2014 BIZPAC
7.) $500.00 01/06/2014 ALABAMA MANUFACTURED HOUSING INSTITUTE
8.) $1,000.00 05/05/2014 JEFFCO*
9.) $4,000.00 05/05/2014 STAY*
* Garner campaign says these contributions were received but declined and returned
Clyde Chambliss'PAC contributions
1.) $500.00 12/18/2013 T-TOWN PAC II
2.) $500.00 03/26/2014 DUCK PAC
3.) $500.00 03/14/2014 GOOD PAC
4.) $1,000.00 04/01/2014 AT&T ALABAMA POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
5.) $2,000.00 04/24/2014 G PAC
6.) $5,000.00 04/30/2014 ALABAMA MEDICAL PAC
7.) $500.00 05/06/2014 ALABAMA BEEF POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
8.) $5,000.00 04/10/2014 ALABAMA BUILDERS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
9.) $2,000.00 04/17/2014 JOBS PAC
10.) $10,000.00 04/11/2014 ALABAMA REALTORS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
11.) $1,000.00 12/16/2013 SOUTHERN STRATEGY GROUP PAC
12.) $2,500.00 12/13/2013 ALABAMA BUILDERS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
13.) $2,500.00 02/24/2014 LEGPAC
14.) $5,000.00 02/24/2014 ALABAMA REALTORS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
15.) $1,000.00 03/28/2014 FRANKLIN PAC
16.) $10,000.00 04/14/2014 ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS - PAC
17.) 10,000.00 05/13/2014 THE INNOVATION PAC
18.) $2,500.00 02/24/2014 MAXPAC
19.) $2,500.00 02/24/2014 NEWPAC
20.) $2,500.00 04/30/2014 ROADPAC
21.) $10,000.00 03/29/2014 BANKPAC
22.) $2,500.00 05/06/2014 NEWPAC
23.) $2,500.00 05/06/2014 SAVEPAC
24.) $2,500.00 05/07/2014 BIZPAC
25.) $5,000.00 05/15/2014 CANPAC
26.) $5,000.00 04/10/2014 AUTO-PAC
27.) $5,000.00 04/10/2014 RETAILERS OF ALABAMA
28.) $2,500.00 04/23/2014 TRUST REPRESENTING INVOLVED ALABAMA LAWYERS
29.) $2,500.00 02/10/2014 ALABAMA ACTION COMMITTEE FOR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION
30.) $1,000.00 05/13/2014 ARCHIPAC
31.) $15,000.00 05/08/2014 FARM PAC - THE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE OF THE ALABAMA FARMERS FEDERATION
32.) $10,000.00 05/06/2014 PROGRESSPAC
33.) $25,000.00 04/08/2014 PROGRESSPAC
34.) $1,000.00 03/20/2014 PROGRESSPAC
35.) $1,000.00 03/17/2014 STATE FARM AGENTS AND ASSOCIATES OF ALABAMA PAC
36.) $1,000.00 04/14/2014 ALABAMA COMMISSIONERS UNITED POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
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