If Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes emerge from today’s general election stuck in a runoff, both will have a good start on fund raising for the Nov. 30 finale.
Reports filed with the State Ethics Commission late Monday show both candidates with more than $800,000 on hand as of Oct. 25.
Of course, much of that could have been spent over the past week as each made a final dash to today’s general election.
But, as of Oct 25., Barnes reported having $864,415.93 in cash to Deal’s $821,938.44. But candidates are also required to report large contributions received between Oct. 25 and today’s vote. In those reports, Deal discloses having raised an additional $155,250 since the Oct. 25 deadline. Barnes has not filed any of the so-called two-day reports.
The reports both candidates filed Monday detail money spent and raised since Oct. 1. Deal reported raising $1.64 million in the period while spending $2.64 million. Barnes, meanwhile, raised $966,000 in the period and spent $1.71 million.
Libertarian John Monds, who is also on the ballot today, reported having $5,315.90 in cash on hand.
Update 12:34 p.m.: Deal, in his report filed Monday, also returned about $130,000 in questionable contributions that led to an ethics complaint being filed against him.
The AJC reported in October that Deal had taken a series of contributions from companies affiliated with a Gwinnett County businessman, donations that could violate state ethics law that prohibits an individual from using multiple entities to exceed the $6,100 limit on contributions. Other outlets reported that Deal took other contributions exceeding that limit from individuals or corporations.
The complaint, from an individual affiliated with the Democratic Party of Georgia, was filed Oct. 19 with the State Ethics Commission.