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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s fundraising accelerates in 2013, latest campaign disclosure report shows

By David Pendered

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has almost $1.5 million in cash in his campaign coffers, according to the latest campaign contribution disclosure report.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Reed is raising funds at a rate dramatically higher than last year. The mayor raised almost $325,000 in the first quarter of 2013. By comparison, Reed raised about $200,000 during the entire last half of 2012, reports show

The mayor is heading into a reelection campaign with no other contenders raising anywhere near the same amount of money, according to Reed’s report that was received April 5 by the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

Two other announced candidates for the mayor’s seat have yet to file disclosure reports – Al Bartell and Paul Luna. Bartell’s report was not posted Monday, and Luna has not reported his candidacy to the state campaign finance commission, records show.

Reed’s campaign reports $1.48 million cash on hand. Contributions in the first quarter of 2013 were listed as $324,361; expenses during the period were listed as $75,212.

The full reports filed by Reed’s campaign are available here: Contributions; Expenses.

Reed’s contributions are notable for the wide span of those who donated to the campaign, listed below in no particular order:

  • Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank: $1,000;
  • Former chief justice, Georgia Supreme Court, Leah Ward Sears: $2,000;
  • Former U.S. senator and CEO of Nuclear Threat Initiative Sam Nunn: $250;
  • Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn: $1,000
  • Gov. Nathan Deal’s chief of staff, Chris Riley: $250;
  • Andrew Young: $500;
  • John Wieland Homes CEO John Wieland: $1,000;
  • Atlanta public works Commissioner Richard Mendoza: $250.

Reed’s greatest single expense to date has been the payments to his fund-raiser, Amelia Bower. Bower has received $15,000 in payments that started Jan. 3, according to the disclosure.

Reed has traveled regularly to destinations where the purpose was listed as campaign related. A selection of campaign travel expenses, listed below in no particular order:

  • Charlotte, Feb. 7: $493.30:
  • St. Louis, March 16-17: $1,491;
  • San Francisco, March 24-26: $4,451;
  • Washington, D.C., Feb. 12 and March 7-10: $2,030.

Reed attended the inauguration of President Obama and listed travel dates of Jan. 17-22. Those expenses were listed for purposes such as lodging or simply, “Presidential Inauguration.” The expenses were not attributed to campaign purposes or business travel.



David Pendered

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.


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