Updated at 3:50 p.m.
On Wednesday, the candidates for mayor of Atlanta released their all important, third-quarter financial disclosures with varying degrees of candor.
Former senator Kasim Reed led in fund-raising, both in the three-month period, and – now – in the campaign, with a total $1.4 million raised. But he released only the top sheet of his disclosure form, so we have to wait to examine both his financial backers and the details of his spending.
Councilwoman Mary Norwood released details of her expenditures, but not her contributors. She lagged in this quarter’s fund-raising, but has the most cash on hand to finish the campaign: $620,594.
Council President Lisa Borders released her entire financial disclosure form, including both contributors and expenditures. We haven’t had the time to look through her donor list. Have a shot at it.
Atlanta attorney Jesse Spikes reported raising $120,172 in the last three months, and a total of $596,091 for the campaign. He reports $44,708 in cash on hand – but his report also includes a $71,000 loan. See the details here.
At first glance, the most telling figures may not be the total amount raised by each of the big three candidates, which is this:
– Reed: $1,411,613;
– Borders: $1,140,210;
– Norwood: $1,334,132.
Or the amount raised since June 30, which is this:
– Reed: $446,087
– Borders: $402,502
– Norwood: $312,379
The three-month spending figures show the true dynamics of the race:
– Reed: $669,149
— Borders: $452,472
– Norwood: $182,164
Reed, with roots in the state Capitol, has never been on a citywide ballot before, and so was forced to spend far more on raising his name ID than his two main rivals, and to stay where he is – third place and climbing.
His greatest rival now is not Borders or Norwood, but time.
Norwood, with her base well-formed and a berth in a post-Thanksgiving run-off all but assured, was able to close her pocketbook and salt money away for the finish.
Regardless of candidates have done in the past, and overlooking investments such as TV time they may have already purchased, here’s how they stand now, at least financially:
– Norwood: $620,594.
– Borders: $233,786
– Reed: $213,124
A keen observer of Councilwoman Mary Norwood’s new TV ad, in which she promises to drive her own ‘98 Buick instead of a city-chauffered SUV, notes that in several frames, the Atlanta mayoral candidate appears to be violating the state’s mandatory seat-belt law.
Now, if she’d drive a beat-up pick-up truck, she wouldn’t have that problem.
Former Georgia senator Max Cleland took a respite from his book tour on Wednesday to campaign for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine in his re-election bid, which has become a very narrow thing. This from Politickernj.com:
“Jon Corzine knows firsthand the sacrifices our military families make to serve New Jersey and our country,” said Cleland. “His is a powerful example of how our nation should honor our veterans. I hope all New Jersey military and veteran families support Jon Corzine for Governor. His leadership will provide our troops the support and gratitude they deserve when they come home.”
The actor Christian Campbell has confessed. He’ll be playing Ralph Reed, the former state GOP chairman and ex-head of the Christian Coalition, in Kevin Spacey’s movie, “Casino Jack.”
The move, of course, centers on the storied fall of Jack Abramoff. Reed’s relationship with the Washington lobbyist cost the Georgian the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 2006.
Campbell’s portrait won’t be a loving one. Said the actor: “I’ve always despised Ralph Reed, so to be able to play him was a real treat. A real treat. Yeah, get inside that right-winger.”
We have signs that South Carolina is keeping closer tabs on its governor these days. This from the Associated Press:
A Highway Patrol trooper stopped South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford ’s car for speeding, but let his protective detail driver go without a ticket, an official said Wednesday.
State Department of Public Safety Director Mark Keel said he had reviewed a recording of the stop and that the State Law Enforcement Division agent will now be cited.
Keel did not say how fast Sanford’s car was going Tuesday on Interstate 385, a heavily traveled route between Columbia and Greenville, but the recording shows he was going 85 mph. The maximum speed throughout the state is 70 mph.
This from the weekly Dodge County News sounds very familiar and sad, too:
Former Dodge County Sheriff Lawton Douglas pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy and four counts of vote buying in Federal Court in Dublin on Thursday, October 1.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Leon Barfield read the six count indictment to Douglas, Olin Norman Gibson, a.k.a. “Bobo” and Thedy Deneen McLeod, a.k.a. “Deneen Gordon”, charging Douglas and Gibson with two counts of conspiracy and four counts of vote buying each and McLeod with two counts of conspiracy. Gibson and Gordon also pleaded not guilty.
While you ponder the above, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
First-time state unemployment claims up 17 percent in September. Court relieves Oxendine’s father of judicial duties. Water talks, water talks everywhere. Reed tops in donations for quarter; Norwood has most cash. School board incumbents win endorsements. Atlanta to Miami area flights No. 3 in traffic. Fired Clark Atlanta coach plans lawsuit. Gwinnett reconsiders tax hike for core services. On smarts, Atlanta scores a C+.
Kyle Wingfield says pension woes will haunt Atlanta’s next mayor. Star quality isn’t enough to govern. My son waits, while hearts are buried. Whoopi wrong: Assaulting a child IS a ‘rape rape.’
And from beyond:
Newsweek: Political foes join together to oppose sending more troops to Afghanistan. Time: CIA knew about Iran’s secret nuclear plant long before disclosure. WSJ: Japan’s cash incentive for parenthood.
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