This past week many of the candidates filed financial disclosure forms with the Georgia Government Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission (see Search by Name at link). The following are the highlights of items in the Reports by District or At Large Seats. At the bottom of the post, is a detailed summary for each of the campaigns.
District 1 – Candidates Evenly Matched with Money
Brenda J. Muhammad (I) – Muhammad received $20k in contributions and spent $19k, leaving a balance of $27k at the end of the quarter. It is interesting to note that former Mayor Shirley Franklin contributed $950 to her campaign. The largest expenditure was to Pirouette for consulting services in the amount of $8k.
Leslie Grant – Grant received $15k in contributions and spent $14k, leaving a balance of $29k at the end of the quarter. Eighty percent of the total contributions received were below $250. The largest expenditures were to a company for fundraising amounting to $4.8k.
District 2 – No Opposition & Limited Funds
Byron D. Amos (I) – Amos does not have any opposition at this point. He reported $1.9k in contributions and received a loan in the amount of $1.3k. The two contributors were of note – former Mayor Shirley Franklin and the Atlanta Federation of Teachers. Amos spent $2.0 and reported an ending balance of $2.1 at the end of the quarter.
District 3 – No Opposition and Strong Campaign War Chest
Matt Westmoreland – Westmoreland does not yet have any opposition in the race. He reported $3.6k in contributions and only $236 in expenses. Due to a strong beginning balance, the campaign ends the quarter with $31.1k in the bank.
District 4 – No Opposition and No Activity
Nancy Meister (I) – Meister has no opposition in the race to-date. She reported no campaign contributions, no expenditures and a zero cash balance at the end of the quarter.
District 5 – Limited Campaign Funds – Is one Candidate a No-Show?
Raynard Johnson – Johnson received $5.8k in contributions and spent $802, leaving a balance of $5.0k at the end of the quarter. Most contributions were less than $250 with over 87% of the total contributions below that level.
Steven Lee – No report under name “Steven Lee” was filed with the Commission.
District 6 – Approximately Equal Contributions Received
Eshe’ Collins – Collins received $6k in contributions and spent $7.2k, leaving a balance of $14.5k at the end of the quarter. In addition, she received in-kind contribution from Leadership for Educational Equity in the amount of $520. Collins’ campaign spent $6.3k on campaign consultants – Pirouette Strategies ($4,000), Pines Consulting ($1,000), and CRM Services ($1.323).
Shawnna Hayes-Tavares – Hayes-Tavares received $8.6k in contributions and spent $5.1k, leaving a balance of $3.5k at the end of the quarter. Significant or well-known contributors included Consulting & Beyond ($2,500), Committee to Re-Elect Yolanda Johnson ($400) and former BOE Chairman Khaatim Sherrer El ($1,000). Of the $5.1k in expenses, $1.9k was paid to two individuals for campaign management and field operations – both individuals have the same last name as the candidate.
At Large 7 – Nearly $50k Raised – Largest Amount for Any Seat – New Entrant Raises $30k
Courtney D. English (I) – English received $19.5k in contributions and spent $21.0k, leaving a balance of $20.8k at the end of the quarter. Significant or well-known contributors included Ceasar for Our Atlanta (Ceasar Mitchell – Atlanta City Council President) ($500) and Joel Kline – Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education ($2,500).
Nisha Simama – Simama raised the largest amount of any candidate during the quarter with a total of $30.1k. As she only spent $3.3k, her campaign ends the quarter with $26.7k. Significant or well-known contributors included the Atlanta Federation of Teachers ($500); CT Martin – Atlanta City Council ($1,200); Jabari Simama – President GA Piedmont Tech ($2,000); and Hank & Billye Aaron ($1,000 combined).
At Large 8 – Lots of Money – More Likely to Come
Reuben McDaniel, III (I) – McDaniel received $3k in contributions and spent $1.3k, however, due to a strong balance at the end of the prior quarter, the campaign has $19.2k as of June 30th. It is interesting to note that McDaniel’s campaign contributed $250 each to candidates Courtney English (At Large 7), Eshe’ Collins (District 6) and Shawna Hayes-Tavares (District 6).
Tom Tidwell – Tidwell, who announced his campaign during the second quarter received $20.9k in contributions (2nd largest in the field) and only spent $96. In addition, he loaned his campaign $20k, bringing the quarter end balance to $40.8k – the highest amount in the field of candidates. Tidwell received the highest number of campaign contributions greater than $1,000 with five for a total of $12.5k. Included in the large campaign contributors were Carol Tidwell ($2,500); Cocells, LLC ($2,500); Atlanta Medical Holdings, LLC ($2,500); Alpha Cord, Inc. ($2,500) and Cryochoice, LLC ($2,500).
Cynthia Briscoe Brown – As Brown just entered the race, she is not required to file a Report until the end of the current quarter.
Mark Riley – As Riley just entered the race, he is not required to file a Report until the end of the current quarter.
At Large 9 – Three Candidates – Only One Raises Funds
Jason Esteves – Esteves received $8.6k in contributions and spent only $37, leaving a balance of $8.5k at the end of the quarter. He contributed $1,000 himself and one other person with the same address contributed the same amount. In addition, he received a $469 in-kind contribution from Leadership for Educational Equity.
Mary Louise Palmer – Palmer filed a report that showed that her campaign raised no funds, spent no money and had a zero balance at the end of the quarter.
Anne McKenzie – No report under name “Anne McKenzie” was filed with the Commission.
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