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Reed dominated fundraising; Ends with almost as much as four top candidates combined

Atlanta City Hall. (Photo by David Pendered)

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.

(Data from atlantacity.easyvotecampaignfinance.com compiled by David Pendered)

(Data from atlantacity.easyvotecampaignfinance.com compiled by David Pendered)

(Data from atlantacity.easyvotecampaignfinance.com compiled by David Pendered)

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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  1. BPJ November 19, 2021 11:47 am

    So with Reed out, who is receiving donations from city contractors?Report

  2. Public Jane&Joe November 19, 2021 12:18 pm

    Apparently, donors expected Reed to return the favor.
    It would serve Atlanta’s best interests to, this time, elect a mayor more interested in the boring stuff – infrastructure, rising crime rates, affordable housing, disturbing uptick in traffic fatalities – than in being a celebrity.Report


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