Transportation sales tax group meets fund raising consultants for 2012 vote

By David Pendered

A group formed to educate voters about the 2012 transportation sales tax referendum met Friday to review its progress and to meet the three consultants who will coordinate a campaign fund raising effort.

The First Friday Transportation Forum includes representatives of interests ranging from banks to developers, paving contractors to apartment owners, the Georgia Conservancy to the AARP. Their common interests include improving transportation mobility and raising public awareness of the penny sales tax referendum next summer.

The fund raising consultants are Kristin Oblander, Candice Franklin and Rebecca Cummiskey. The three are veterans of political campaigns including:

  • Oblander raised funds for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in his 2009 mayoral campaign. She also served the Democratic National Committee as Southeastern Finance Director in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles;
  • Franklin has raised funds for former Gov. Roy Barnes, the Democratic Party and other clients. She is the daughter-in-law of former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin;
  • Cummiskey has raised funds for former Gov. Sonny Perdue and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, and served as finance director for former gubernatorial candidate Eric Johnson. She is married to Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The campaign is expected to cost at least $2 million.

To read more about the relationships among the groups that are working on the transportation sales tax referendum, visit the 2012 Metro Atlanta Referendum site.

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

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