A committee of the Alabama Education Association is spending more than $1 million to support some political candidates. According to the Associated Press, a campaign finance report filed last week shows AEA's political action committee took out a loan of more than $1.2 million in addition to borrowing $500,000 in July. The Alabama Department of Education instructed school districts earlier this year to enforce a law blocking AEA from receiving contributions directly from education employees' paychecks. Those contributions were a major part of the group's funding. However, AEA spokeswoman Amy Marlowe says taking out loans is a standard practice during election cycles.