K Street throws support behind Strange

K Street throws support behind Strange
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As Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock McConnell PAC demands Moore return its money Graham on Moore: 'We are about to give away a seat' key to Trump's agenda MORE (R-Ala.) faces a tougher-than-anticipated primary challenge from conservative Roy Moore, K Street has come out to show its support.
 
Overall, lawyers and lobbyists donated nearly $340,000 to Strange’s campaign — the second most prolific set of donors after the finance, insurance and real estate sector, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) data analyzed by the Center for Responsive Politics. 
 
Many donors are the same GOP power-players that often contribute to Republican candidates, but the stakes of the campaign are higher for those on K Street looking to stay close to the senator.
 
Roughly 53 lobbyists gave $1,000 or more to Strange’s campaign, a tally of campaign finance records by The Hill shows. An individual is capped at giving $2,700 per campaign, giving donors the opportunity to contribute as much as $5,400 when taking both the primary and the general election into account.
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G. Stewart Hall, the chairman of lobbying firm Crossroads Strategies, was the only lobbyist to contribute that amount. Hall served as the legislative director to Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyAlabama's senior senator will 'probably' write in candidate rather than vote for Moore Republican senators wrestle with their Roy Moore problem NIST research: Timing is everything MORE (R-Ala.) from 1992 to 1996.
 
Former Bush administration official Tom Scully donated $4,000, and Ed Rogers and Haley Barbour — leaders of BGR Group — each pitched in $3,200. Other lobbyists at the firm gave a total of $5,000 and its political action committee (PAC) donated an additional $4,950.
 
Law and lobby firm Squire Patton Boggs also had a set of donations for Strange, with its PAC and multiple people at the firm giving a total of $14,500. Notable names include the firm’s global managing partner Ed Newberry, former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), and even former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), who jointly run the Squire’s lobbying shop.
 
Breaux only gave a $500 donation, and didn’t respond to an email from The Hill about the contribution.
 
The others who gave $2,500 or more are: Raissa Downs, co-founder of Tarplin, Downs & Young; John Green of Crossroads Strategies; Ken Kies of Federal Policy Group; Conrad Lass of Ogilvy Government Relations; Capitol Counsel’s Denise Henry Morrisey; Aleix Jarvis at Fierce Government Relations and John Milne at mCapitol Management.
 
Joanna McIntosh, the senior vice president of government relations at NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, also gave $2,500.
 
Strange, President Trump's favored candidate, served as Alabama’s attorney general before being appointed to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFederal judge rules Trump defunding sanctuary cities 'unconstitutional on its face' FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Alabama election has GOP racing against the clock MORE. Moore previously served as Alabama's Supreme Court chief.
 
During the '80s and '90s, Strange worked as a lobbyist for Transocean Offshore Drilling Co. and Sonat, an Alabama-based energy company.
 
Strange is now in the middle of a runoff race for the Senate seat, with many conservatives using his former Washington life against him. Conservative news outlet Breitbart, for example, has labeled him part of the "swamp."
 
In addition to lawyers, lobbyists and lobbying firms, 16 corporate PACs donated at least $6,000 to Strange. Those contributions added a total of $136,000 to his campaign account and spanned various industries. 
 
Top donors included the PACs of Travelers Companies, Koch Industries, Comcast, Lockheed Martin Employees, Chevron Employees, Regions Financial Corporation and Murray Energy.
 
These PACs — which each donated $7,500 or $10,000 — are capped at giving a maximum of $5,000 to a candidate per election.
 
Strange has raised and spent upwards of $3 million more than Moore in this election, taking in $4.7 million compared to Moore's $1.4 million.