Reed dominated fundraising; Ends with almost as much as four top candidates combined
By David Pendered
Kasim Reed dominated campaign contributions in his losing bid for Atlanta mayor. Reed outraised Sharon Gay by almost a 2:1 margin, even counting Gay’s nearly $1.2 million loan to her campaign, according to disclosure reports.
Reed went into the final days of the Nov. 2 election with a war chest that almost equaled the combined total of all four candidates who made it into the Nov. 30 runoff for Atlanta mayor and Atlanta City Council president.
Reed did not make the runoff. The former Atlanta mayor is left with an amount of cash on hand that makes the reserves of remaining candidates pale in comparison. The sum also begs the question of how Reed will allocate it.
Campaign disclosures for the period ending Oct. 25 show these figures:
- $369,451.49 – Reed’s reported cash on hand. No debt.
- $376,593.08 – Total cash on hand reported by four candidates still on the ballot. For mayor, Andre Dickens and Felicia Moore. For council president, Natalyn Mosby Archibong and Doug Shipman. None reported debt.
These figures date to a week before the Nov. 2 election. Candidates raised and spent money during that period and it will be reported in the next cycle.
The next round of disclosures for candidates in the runoff election is six days before the Nov. 30 election. These reports will identify the funders of runoff candidates and how the candidates are disbursing resources that, so far, are much leaner than in the general election.
Candidates who did not make it into the runoff election are to file a report for the period that ends Dec. 31.
The following campaign finance information is from candidates’ reports filed electronically for the reporting period that ended Oct. 25.
Note to readers: To view campaign contribution disclosure reports for candidates for municipal office in Atlanta, including contributors, loans and expenditures, click here. For a story on the Sept. 30 disclosures, click here.