Highway 31 Super PAC
The Highway 31 PAC is a single-issue political action committee (Super PAC) headed by Montgomery political strategist Adam Muhlendorf and Birmingham attorney Edward Still with a mailing address at the UPS Store at 429 Green Springs Highway. Its purpose is to support the campaign of Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the 2017 U.S. Senate special election, primarily by distributing material criticizing his opponent, former judge Roy Moore. The group's name refers to U.S. Highway 31 which connects Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile.
The Super PAC contracted with Bully Pulpit Interactive and Waterfront Strategies of Washington, DC to produce and distribute print and broadcast advertisements. The ads focused on the allegations, reported by the Washington Post and Alabama Media Group, that Moore had engaged in improper sexual behavior with teenage girls while he was an Assistant District Attorney in Etowah County in the 1970s.
The PAC was founded late in the campaign, and reported liabilities of $1,154,844.31, with no actual income or expenses, in its initial financial filing to the Federal Election Commission covering the period up to November 22. The amount trailed the $5.4 million spent by Jones' campaign, but exceeded the reported ad spending by Moore or any other PAC. Because its next public filing would not be due until January 2018, the organization would not be required to reveal its donors before the December 12 election. Brendan Fischer of the Campaign Legal Center characterized the arrangement as a "shady scheme" to avoid disclosing its sources of funding. Eric Wang, a Republican campaign finance attorney who formerly worked at the Federal Election Commission, stated that such arrangements are not novel in political campaigns.
- Scherer, Michael (December 1, 2017) "Democratic group attacks Roy Moore without disclosing donors." The Washington Post
- Markay, Lachlan (December 1, 2017) "The Super PAC Attacking Roy Moore Won’t Disclose Its Donors Before the Vote." The Daily Beast
- Highway 31 website