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Atlanta Mayor Reed enters reelection year with $1.2 million in coffer

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed addresses the guests at the preview party for the Atlanta Jazz Festival. Credit: itsrobinlori.com

By David Pendered

Entertainment entrepreneur Tyler Perry contributed to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s campaign war chest that now contains just over $1.2 million, according to a campaign finance disclosure dated Tuesday.

Tyler Perry contributed $2,500 to Mayor Kasim Reed.

Tyler Perry contributed $2,500 to Mayor Kasim Reed. Credit: forbes.com

Perry’s contribution of $2,500 on Dec. 17 was part of the $363,690.13 listed in itemized cash contributions Reed raised during the final reporting period of 2012, the report shows. The report shows an addition $20,233.44 in in-kind contributions, plus $2,020 in cash contributions of amounts of less than $100 each.

Kevin Rathbun Steak, on Krog Street, was one of the places Reed’s campaign spent a portion of the $176,459.22 in itemized expenditures, the report shows. Rathbun was paid $273.20 for two events listed as “official business meeting(s)” in September and October, the report shows.

Click on these two links to download the PDF attachments for contributions and expenses.

The size of the campaign coffers is a clear barrier to any potential challengers considering a reasonably financed run against Reed, who has indicated he will seek reelection this year.

Reed enters the mayoral election year with about $200,000 more than he reported last summer, at the end of the previous reporting period. At that time, Reed reported cash on hand of just over $1 million.

Contributions to Reed dipped compared to the previous reporting period. In that report, Reed reported contributions of $446,000 and expenses were below $92,000, the report shows.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Reed was reserved about his campaign plans during his address Tuesday to the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta. According to Maria Saporta’s story about Reed’s remark, this was his main comment: “I have loved every minute of being mayor, and I’m going to keep on being your mayor.”

Reed first won the mayor’s office in 2009 in a runoff election against former Atlanta Councilmember Mary Norwood. Reed took the office and has been purposely raising – and spending – campaign capital ever since.

The sponsors named in Reed’s contributions in the cycle covered by the most recent disclosure represent the expected gamut who help finance Atlanta’s major municipal election.

There’s a hefty representation of C-suite executives, fellow lawyers who list themselves as either lawyer or attorney, homemakers, retirees and business owners, according to the disclosure.

The vast majority of individual contributions listed addresses in Georgia, and most of them in metro Atlanta. Out-of-state contributions came from locales including Maryland, Virginia, California, and Maryland.

Reed’s friends or associates at Howard University appear. Eight contributors are identified as being employed by Howard, including a dean, director, CFO, and associate provost.

Major expenditures include $10,000 to HEI, of Atlanta, for a purpose listed as political consulting services/media research.

Amelia Bower, of Atlanta, was paid $23,256 as a fundraiser, the report shows. Bower’s LinkedIn page states she formerly worked for Kristen Oblander’s firm, an Atlanta-based company that describes itself as a “Democratic oriented fundraising firm.”

Reed supported several political candidates who were defeated last year. They include Eldrin Bell, former chair of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners; former Clayton Commissioner Wole Ralph, and former state Sen. Doug Stoner.

Other candidates who received financial support were Atlanta Councilman C.T. Martin, Marvin Arrington, Jr., Cathleen Tina Robinson, and Debra Deberry.

Another political activity was a $2,500 payment to Gigabark for the stated purpose of “Robo call to get out the vote” on Nov. 6, election day.



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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