Alabama Rep. Artur Davis Kicking Ass in Fundraising

Representing the poorest district in one of the poorest states does not normally bode well for a candidate’s fundraising prospects. Of course, don’t tell that to Rep. Artur Davis, who has increased his war chest by 72 percent in the last three months.

Rep. Davis was able to achieve this impressive increase after landing a seat on the highly influential House Committee on Ways and Means. Ways and Means is considered the most powerful committee in the House, and special interest donors are more than willing to line the pockets of its members.

Rep. Davis has more that 600 thousand bucks currently in his fund-raising account, a figure bested in the Alabama delegation only by Rep. Spencer Bachus, who represents the much wealthier Vestavia Hills district.

The Alabama 7th Congressional District
The Alabama 7th Congressional District

One may be tempted to wonder what Rep. Davis will do with all that money; after all, Rep. Davis represents the ridiculously gerrymandered Alabama 7th, and he ran unopposed in the last election. Rep. Davis has said that he may consider running for governor or a senate seat in the next election, or he may use the money to help finance other Democratic candidates in tighter races.

The Alabama 7th includes my home town of Tuscaloosa, as well as inner-city Birmingham and loads and loads of poor rural counties.


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