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As feds probe past campaign expenses, Kasim Reed says his mayoral bid has drawn $1 million

By Sean Keenan, This article first appeared on Atlanta Civic Circle 

Just hours after a news report claimed he could be under federal investigation for campaign finance law violations, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced his current bid for his old seat has garnered $1 million in contributions.

Reed declared his campaign’s fundraising success during a party in Midtown Wednesday night, while the city’s political circles were still abuzz over an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation that showed federal sleuths suspect he’d used money from a former campaign for the likes of “jewelry, resort travel, lingerie and furniture.”

Speaking to donors and supporters Wednesday, Reed did not address the potentially damning report. Instead, he outlined ambitions for restoring civility in a city that’s grappling with a crime wave spurred by the global pandemic.

“The Atlanta you know is not the Atlanta we knew 40 months ago,” he said of the surge in violent crime, later adding, “Our city’s position in the world has been a bit tarnished.”

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