Alexander Mooney

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Alexander Mooney
Candidate for
U.S. House, West Virginia, District 2
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maryland State Senate District 3
Bachelor'sDartmouth College (1993)
Campaign website
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Alexander "Alex" Mooney is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House, representing the 2nd Congressional District in West Virginia.[1] He won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 13, 2014.[2]

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.[3]


Mooney received a B.A. in philosophy from Dartmouth College in 1993.


Below is an abbreviated list of Mooney's professional and political career: [4]

  • 1993-1995: Staff assistant to Rep. Roscoe Bartlett
  • 1995-1998: Vice-president of legislative analysis at the Council for National Policy Action, Inc.
  • 1999-2011: Maryland State Senate, District 3
  • 2010-2013: Chair of Maryland's Republican Party

Maryland's Senate District 3

Mooney represented Maryland Senate District 3 from 1999 to 2011, which encompasses Frederick County and Washington County.

Committee assignments

Mooney served on the following committees:



Carpetbagger accusations

After Mooney re-located from Maryland to West Virginia in 2013, he faced accusations of being a "carpetbagger."[5]

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.”[6]



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

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

Republican primary results

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 has rated the race for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District seat as “simmering” because Mooney, who has been accused of being a “carpetbagger” for moving from Maryland to West Virginia to run for Congress, will have to win over voters who know little about the outsider.[7] According to Roll Call, “many local and national Republicans are concerned about the GOP’s ability to hold the seat in November.”[7] His opponent, Nick Casey, is a well-connected, native West Virginian who has more cash on hand than Mooney, and more than 80 percent of the money he has raised has come from in-state donors.[8] The race is likely to heat up closer to November. It is rated a "Leans Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[9]


Mooney has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:

  • The Madison Project endorsed Mooney January 27, 2014.[10]
  • The Republican Liberty Caucus endorsed him March 31, 2014.[11]
  • Citizens United[12]
  • Family Research Council[12]
  • Home School Legal Defense Association PAC[12]
  • National Association for Gun Rights[12]
  • National Right to Work[12]
  • Campaign for Working Families[12]
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce[13]


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," touts 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."


General election
Poll Alex Mooney Nick CaseyDavy JonesEd RabelUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Opinion Strategies
August 10-12
Tarrance Group
May 20-22, 2014
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


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.[14] 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.[3].[15]


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.[16]

Mooney ran unopposed in the September 14 primary election.


On November 7, 2006, Mooney ran for District 3 of the Maryland State Senate and defeated Candy Greenway.[17]

Mooney raised $370,091 for his campaign.[18]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Mooney's reports.[19]

Alex Mooney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$0$0$(500)$36,739
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2014$36,739$65,369$(1,181)$100,826
October Quarterly[22]October 15, 2014$100,826$105,979$(22,675)$184,130
Year-End[23]January 31, 2014$184,130$190,062$(73,052)$301,140
April Quarterly[24]April 1, 2014$301,140.56$164,213.00$(107,403.54)$357,950.02
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2014$226,973.30$433,438.66$(307,610.93)$352,801.03
October Quarterly[26]October 15, 2014$352,801.03$604,280.31$(639,407.77)$317,673.57
Running totals


Below are Mooney's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[27]

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


Mooney was born in Washington, D.C. on June 7, 1971. He is married and has two children.

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  1. 1.0 1.1, "Press release," accessed June 10, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "West Virginia - Summary Vote Results," May 13, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Roll Call, "Alex Mooney skips Maryland race, signals Roscoe Bartlett definitely running," accessed February 16, 2012
  4. Maryland Senate, "Alexander Mooney," accessed October 21, 2009
  5. Roll Call, "West Virginia House hopeful says he’s no carpetbagger (Video)," accessed January 29, 2014
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named carpetbaggger
  7. 7.0 7.1 Roll Call, "West Virginia Newcomer Battles Carpetbagger Label," June 10, 2014
  8. Charleston Daily Mail, "Report: Mooney raises more, but Casey has more cash on hand," accessed July 8, 2014
  9. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed June 24, 2014
  10. The Madison Project, "Alex Mooney for Congress in West Virginia’s Second Congressional District," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. PR Underground, "RLC endorses Alex Mooney for U.S. House in West Virginia," accessed March 31, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6, "Candidates in West Virginia's 2nd district race," accessed May 6, 2014
  13. Roll Call, "U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Alex Mooney," July 15, 2014
  14. Herald Mail, "Vice president of Republican Club enters 6th Congressional District race," accessed January 6, 2012
  15. Roll Call, "Alex Mooney skips Maryland race, signals Roscoe Bartlett definitely running," accessed February 16, 2012
  16. Maryland State Board of Elections, "2010 General Election Official Results," accessed March 24, 2014
  17. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for State Senator," accessed February 24, 2014
  18. Follow the Money, "Report on Mooney's 2006 campaign contributions"
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Mooney 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 6, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed March 5, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed March 5, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed March 5, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed March 5, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  27. Follow the Money, "Alexander Mooney 2008," accessed October 21, 2009
Political offices
Preceded by
Maryland Senate District 3
Succeeded by
Ronald Young