Giving It Away

Despite the move last week by Jefferson County, Ala., to file for bankruptcy, the residents of the region have continually been among the most generous Alabamians in terms of their campaign contributions.

(Stenciled piece of the Jefferson County Seal by â–²Bonardâ–¼ / Creative Commons)

During the last presidential election four years ago, residents of Jefferson County donated more than $6.4 million, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s more than any other county in Alabama.

Notably, of that $6.4 million, about 61 percent benefit federal Republican candidates and committees.

Jefferson County residents also led the state in contributions during the 2010 election cycle, donating about $4.2 million. And so far this year, Jefferson County residents have contributed about $1.3 million, with 65 percent of that sum benefiting Republicans. (Overall, residents of Alabama have donated about $4.4 million so far this year, according to the Center’s research, with about 72 percent of that money aiding Republicans.)

Additionally, as OpenSecrets Blog has previously noted, the now-bankrupt county once had hired guns in Washington. Between 2001 and 2009, according to the Center’s research, the Jefferson County Commissioners spent $930,000 on lobbying services — about $30,000 per quarter.

Brianna Peterson

Brianna Peterson

Brianna is a research intern at the Center for Responsive Politics, publisher of the OpenSecrets blog.  She is finishing a degree in International Relations with specializations in Western European Studies and Peace & Justice Studies at Michigan State University's multidisciplinary James Madison College.