Update: Common Cause on Wednesday will visit Atlanta City Hall to seek campaign finance reform as city weighs airport contracts

By David Pendered

Common Cause of Georgia plans to stand before Atlanta City Hall Wednesday to call upon Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta City Council to reform campaign finance rules as the city prepares to issue lucrative concessions contracts at the airport.

“Our purpose is to publicly call for action to enact campaign finance reform as outlined in the report,” said Kirwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University who wrote the white paper on the topic for Common Cause.

The white paper contends that campaign contributors have a history of winning airport contracts. That practice should stop, according to the good government group.

Click here to read more about the report and the full statement from Reed in response to the white paper.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. The exact location at City Hall had not been determined late Monday afternoon, Swint said. Public gatherings typically occur on the north or south sides of the building.

Swint said he will be present, along with perhaps a few other board members and William Perry, executive director of Common Cause of Georgia.

The organization also has invited the mayor and all members of the City Council, Swint said.


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. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

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