Richard Roundtree’s fortunes have changed.
Since defeating sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles in the Democratic runoff election Aug. 21, Roundtree’s campaign coffers have started filling up, bringing his total to more than $93,000 in cash and in-kind contributions.
Before the runoff, Roundtree had received a little more than $42,000 in contributions and had only about $1,500 cash on hand. In the weeks after his victory, the lieutenant with Richmond County schools Public Safety has collected another $51,000 and had nearly $32,000 cash on hand, according to a campaign finance report filed last week.
Contributions to his Republican opponent, Freddie Sanders, have shot up also.
Since his victory over Mike Godowns in the Republican primary, Sanders has raised another $37,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. Sanders has spent most of that and has only about $6,500 cash on hand, according to his report.
But the amount of money being raised by these two men does not compare to the contributions reported by one who is no longer in the running.
According to Peebles’ most recent report, during July and August his campaign collected more than $135,000, bringing his grand total to more than $294,000 in contributions – more than all of the other candidates combined.
In the days before the runoff with Roundtree, Peebles spent most of his mountain of cash, paying out more than $189,000 on advertising, marketing and campaign events.
The majority of those expenditures went to two companies: $86,000 for Southeastern Marketing in Evans and $68,000 for Executive Marketing in Augusta, which is owned by Peebles’ friend Lewis Blanchard.
The next campaign disclosure will be due Nov. 1.