Alexander Mooney

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Alexander Mooney
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U.S. House, West Virginia, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorShelley Moore Capito (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/ year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$27.88 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,974,827
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maryland State Senate District 3
1999-2011
Education
Bachelor'sDartmouth College (1993)
Personal
Date of birthJune 7, 1971
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Alexander Mooney campaign logo
Alexander "Alex" Mooney (b. June 7, 1971, in Washington, D.C.) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of West Virginia. Mooney represents West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District. He was first elected on November 4, 2014.[1]

Biography

Mooney received a B.A. in philosophy from Dartmouth College in 1993. He was a Republican member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 3 from 1999 to January 12, 2011. Mooney was a potential 2012 Republican candidate for the U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District of Maryland. Mooney formed an exploratory committee in early December 2011 to prepare for a 2012 run, if Roscoe Bartlett retired; however, he decided not to run in 2012.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated list of Mooney's academic, professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Mooney serves on the following committees:[4]

Key votes

114th Congress

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The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Mooney's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Yea3.png On April 30, 2015, the House voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 226-197. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. All 183 Democrats who voted, voted against the resolution. Mooney voted with 225 other Republicans to approve the bill.[7][8][9]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Yea3.png On May 14, 2015, the House approved HR 1191 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by a vote of 400-25. The bill requires President Barack Obama to submit the details of a nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review, if negotiators reach a final agreement. Congress will have 30 days to review the deal and vote to approve or disapprove the deal. During the review period, sanctions on Iran cannot be lifted. Mooney voted with 222 other Republican representatives to approve the bill.[10][11]

Issues

Controversy

Carpetbagger accusations

After Mooney re-located from Maryland to West Virginia in 2013, he faced accusations of being a "carpetbagger."[12]

In a December 11, 2013, interview, Mooney defended his move, saying that the panhandle is “the fastest growing part of West Virginia; a lot of folks have moved from Maryland and other places. And frankly, they’ve embraced my candidacy and are excited about it.”[13]

Elections

2014

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See also: West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Mooney won election to the U.S. House, representing the 2nd Congressional District in West Virginia on November 4, 2014.[1] He won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 13, 2014.[14] He defeated Robert Fluharty, Steve Harrison, Charlotte Lane, Jim Moss, Ken Reed and Ron Walters Jr.

U.S. House, West Virginia, District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlex Mooney 47.1% 72,042
     Democratic Nick Casey 43.9% 67,210
     Libertarian Davy Jones 5% 7,614
     Independent Ed Rabel 4.1% 6,226
Total Votes 153,092
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State


U.S. House, West Virginia District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlex Mooney 36% 12,678
Robert Fluharty 1.8% 621
Steve Harrison 11% 3,885
Charlotte Lane 18.1% 6,358
Jim Moss 4.8% 1,684
Ken Reed 22.3% 7,848
Ron Walters Jr. 6% 2,125
Total Votes 35,199
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State

Race background

Ballotpedia rated the race for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District seat as “simmering” because Mooney, who was accused of being a “carpetbagger” for moving from Maryland to West Virginia to run for Congress, had to win over voters who knew little about the outsider.[15] According to Roll Call, “many local and national Republicans are concerned about the GOP’s ability to hold the seat in November.”[15] His opponent, Nick Casey, was a well-connected, native West Virginian who had more cash on hand than Mooney, and more than 80 percent of the money he raised came from in-state donors.[16] It was rated a "Leans Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[17]

Endorsements

Mooney was endorsed by the following people and organizations:

  • The Madison Project endorsed Mooney January 27, 2014.[18]
  • The Republican Liberty Caucus endorsed him March 31, 2014.[19]
  • Citizens United[20]
  • Family Research Council[20]
  • Home School Legal Defense Association PAC[20]
  • National Association for Gun Rights[20]
  • National Right to Work[20]
  • Campaign for Working Families[20]
  • CatholicVote.org[20]
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce[21]

Media


Mooney for Congress, "Obama's Candidate Nick Casey."

Mooney for Congress, "Working for West Virginia."

Mooney for Congress, "Hire."
  • Mooney tied Casey to President Obama in his September 2014 ad, "Obama's Candidate Nick Casey."
  • The ad, "Working for West Virginia," touted Mooney's ability to stand up to Barack Obama and fight the war on coal.
  • Former Gov. Mike Huckabee argued that Mooney is a good, conservative choice for West Virginia in "Hire."

Polls

General election
Poll Alex Mooney Nick CaseyDavy JonesEd RabelUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Opinion Strategies
August 10-12
40%28%5%8%19%+/-4.9400
Tarrance Group
May 20-22, 2014
39%29%3%10%19%+/-4.9400
AVERAGES 39.5% 28.5% 4% 9% 19% +/-4.9 400
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


2012

See also: Maryland's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Mooney considered a run in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 6th District.[22] Candidates Charles Bailey, Robert Garagiola, Milad Pooran, Mark Shriver, John Delaney and Ron Little ran on the Democratic ticket. Mooney would have faced opposition from David Brinkley, Robert Coblentz, Brandon Rippeon, Robin Ficker, Joseph Krysztoforski, Kathy Afzali, Peter James and incumbent Roscoe Bartlett on the Republican ticket. Mooney formed an exploratory committee in early December to prepare for a run, if Bartlett retired; however, Mooney decided not to run in 2012.[2][23]

2010

See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Mooney lost to Democratic candidate Ronald Young by a margin of 22,710 to 21,666 in the general election on November 2, 2010.[24] Mooney ran unopposed in the September 14 primary election.

2006

On November 7, 2006, Mooney ran for District 3 of the Maryland State Senate and defeated Candy Greenway.[25] Mooney raised $370,091 for his campaign.[26]

Maryland Senate, District 3
Candidates Votes Percent
Alexander Mooney (R) 21,844 51.9%
Candy Greenway (D) 20,111 47.8%
Write-Ins 104 0.2%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Alexander Mooney is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Alexander Mooney raised a total of $1,974,827 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 21, 2015.[27]

Alexander Mooney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (West Virginia District 2) Won $1,974,827
Grand Total Raised $1,974,827

2014

Mooney won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Mooney's campaign committee raised a total of $1,974,827 and spent $2,008,180.[28] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[29]

Cost per vote

Mooney spent $27.88 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, West Virginia District 3, 2014 - Alexander Mooney Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,974,827
Total Spent $2,008,180
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $1,994,420
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $1,993,275
Top contributors to Alexander Mooney's campaign committee
Murray Energy$18,130
National Auto Dealers Assn$15,000
Nutramax Laboratories$15,000
Patriot Coal Corp$13,600
Base Connect$12,700
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Republican/Conservative$198,745
Leadership PACs$173,107
Retired$123,013
Mining$108,370
Lawyers/Law Firms$73,834

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Mooney's reports.[30]

2008

Below are Mooney's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[38]

Contributor 2008 total
Thomas Kline $4,000
Morton Mower $4,000
Tobia Mower $4,000
Edward Mooney $3,000
Frederick Air Inc. $2,800

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Facebook.com, "Press release," accessed June 10, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Roll Call, "Alex Mooney skips Maryland race, signals Roscoe Bartlett definitely running," accessed February 16, 2012
  3. Maryland Senate, "Alexander Mooney," accessed October 21, 2009
  4. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 113th Congress," accessed April 29, 2015
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress," April 13, 2015
  7. Congress.gov, "S.Con.Res.11," accessed May 5, 2015
  8. Clerk.House.gov, "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 183," accessed May 5, 2015
  9. The Hill, "Republicans pass a budget, flexing power of majority," accessed May 5, 2015
  10. Congress.gov, "H.R.1191 - Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015," accessed May 16, 2015
  11. Clerk.House.gov, "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 226," accessed May 16, 2015
  12. Roll Call, "West Virginia House hopeful says he’s no carpetbagger (Video)," accessed January 29, 2014
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named carpetbaggger
  14. Associated Press, "West Virginia - Summary Vote Results," May 13, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 Roll Call, "West Virginia Newcomer Battles Carpetbagger Label," June 10, 2014
  16. Charleston Daily Mail, "Report: Mooney raises more, but Casey has more cash on hand," accessed July 8, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed June 24, 2014
  18. The Madison Project, "Alex Mooney for Congress in West Virginia’s Second Congressional District," accessed February 12, 2014
  19. PR Underground, "RLC endorses Alex Mooney for U.S. House in West Virginia," accessed March 31, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 SFGate.com, "Candidates in West Virginia's 2nd district race," accessed May 6, 2014
  21. Roll Call, "U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Alex Mooney," July 15, 2014
  22. Herald Mail, "Vice president of Republican Club enters 6th Congressional District race," accessed January 6, 2012
  23. Roll Call, "Alex Mooney skips Maryland race, signals Roscoe Bartlett definitely running," accessed February 16, 2012
  24. Maryland State Board of Elections, "2010 General Election Official Results," accessed March 24, 2014
  25. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for State Senator," accessed February 24, 2014
  26. Follow the Money, "Report on Mooney's 2006 campaign contributions"
  27. Open Secrets, "Rep. Alex Mooney," accessed April 21, 2015
  28. Open Secrets, "Alexander Mooney 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 9, 2015
  29. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 9, 2015
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Mooney 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 6, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed March 5, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed March 5, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed March 5, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed March 5, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  38. Follow the Money, "Alexander Mooney 2008," accessed October 21, 2009
Political offices
Preceded by
Shelley Moore Capito
U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, District 2
2015-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Maryland Senate District 3
1999–2011
Succeeded by
Ronald Young