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John Hammontree

John Hammontree is an Account Executive for Text100 in San Francisco, CA. Though life has taken him from Memphis to Birmingham to Chicago to DC and, now, to the Bay Area, his heart has never left Alabama.

Recent Posts:

Alabama Businessman Upends 40-Year-Old Campaign Law

April 2, 2014   |   By John Hammontree     |   News

A Hoover, Ala., businessman successfully challenged existing campaign contribution limits in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Shaun McCutcheon, CEO of Coalmont Electrical Development, argued against the $123,200 cap on contributions an individual can give to all federal candidates, parties and PACs in a two-year election cycle. The 5-4 decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission rules that limits onContinue Reading

Stop Waiting on the World to Change, Asshole

February 26, 2014   |   By John Hammontree     |   Opinion

“Maybe in ten years.” It’s the worst kind of phrase because it offers pessimism and cynicism wrapped in a cloak of hope. It’s a casual way of saying, “I’m not completely opposed to the idea; I just think the majority of my peers are.” It’s a close cousin of the slightly worse “things will beContinue Reading

State of Alabama Sued Over Marriage Equality

February 13, 2014   |   By John Hammontree     |   News

The Southern Poverty Law Center announced today that it will bring suit against the State of Alabama challenging the constitutionality of Alabama’s prohibition against recognition of out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian Alabamians. SPLC’s lawsuit, on behalf of Alabamian Paul Hard, will be filed in federal court. Hard married his partner, Charles David Fancher, in Massachusetts, whichContinue Reading

Adam Thompson Qualifies for State Auditor Race

January 14, 2014   |   By John Hammontree     |   News

Adam Thompson filed papers with the Alabama Republican Party yesterday, effectively making him the first candidate to qualify for the office of State Auditor. Current State Auditor Sam Shaw is unable to pursue reelection due to term limits, so Thompson is the first entrant into an open field. “I’m proud to be the first oneContinue Reading

Business Council of Alabama Signs Agreement with Nation’s Largest Manufacturing Association

January 10, 2014   |   By John Hammontree     |   News

The Business Council of Alabama signed an agreement yesterday with the National Association of Manufacturers, pledging “to strengthen manufacturing advocacy, to deliver increased visibility for both organizations and to help grow the manufacturing army,” the BCA said in a statement. The NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States. The agreement establishes a vehicle toContinue Reading

A Southern Apologist Apologizes, Sort Of

January 7, 2014   |   By John Hammontree     |   Opinion

For me, to be Southern is to fight a constant, wearisome civil war of the soul. There is a delicate balance between a love of country; a desire for progress and the occasional frustration and self-loathing that comes from the lack thereof; a fierce pride of place, dialect and willingness to defend your friends andContinue Reading

Montgomery Operatives Launch New Political Agency

January 6, 2014   |   By John Hammontree     |   News

Longtime politicos Jack Campbell and Baron Coleman have partnered together to launch Montgomery’s newest political agency, Spot On Strategies Group, LLC. The group’s website, www.spotonstrategiesgroup.com, lists only a logo and mailing address, though sources close to the firms’ partners suggest they have already signed several Republican candidates. Campbell, formerly of Public Strategy Associates (PSA), leftContinue Reading