More cash is donated to Aitken

District 1 commission candidate Matt Aitken's fundraising lead over runoff opponent Bill Fennoy has lengthened to a blowout in the weeks since the Nov. 3 general election.

Including in-kind contributions, Mr. Aitken has raised $31,608 to Mr. Fennoy's $18,668, according to their most recent campaign finance disclosures on file with the Richmond County Board of Elections. In their disclosures the last week of October, Mr. Aitken had raised $13,130 to Mr. Fennoy's $10,913.

Mr. Aitken's spending lead wasn't as dramatic Wednesday, the cutoff date for this round of reporting. His disclosure shows a total $19,679 in expenses, compared with Mr. Fennoy's $15,645.

Among Mr. Fennoy's expenses are $2,309 to Mustard Seed Productions for a television ad, $1,630 to pay sign holders and poll watchers for the Nov. 3 election, $1,570 to Phoenix Printing for signs, $864 in postage for campaign mailings, $248 for a Web site and $246 for advertising in the weekly Metro Courier newspaper.

Mr. Aitken has paid $8,108 to Phoenix Printing, $3,364 to Accudata Mailing Solutions, $2,000 to Southeastern Marketing, $1,300 to the Metro Courier and $462 to ValueBoards.

As for contributions, Mr. Aitken received help from several donors who had given to him before the general election.

Windsor Jewelers Chief Executive Donnie Thompson, who previously gave an in-kind donation of $950 in office rent, gave $1,000. Developer Clay Boardman donated $1,000 in September, then $500 two weeks ago. His brother Braye Boardman gave $250 in October, then $500 last week.

Retired banker H.M. "Monty" Osteen gave $1,000 in October, then another $1,000 last month, according to Mr. Aitken's disclosure. Caye Properties President Charles G. Caye Jr. donated $1,000 in September, then $500 last month. Another repeat donor was Mr. Aitken's campaign manager, Ed Presnell, who gave $250 in August and $250 in October.

New donors for Mr. Aitken included Duncan Johnson of Johnson Motors ($1,200), Mike Osbon of Augusta Medical Systems ($1,000), Hiram Thompson of Thompson Building Wrecking Co. ($300) and Andy Pye of Augusta Burgers Express ($300).

Though he wasn't required to, Mr. Aitken also reported smaller donors, including attorney Jim Plunkett, attorney Andrew Tisdale, Meybohm Realtors President E.G. Meybohm and retired banker Patrick Blanchard, each of whom gave $100.

Mr. Fennoy had a repeat donor, too -- Tony Johnson, the former city liaison for water consultant CH2M Hill who was fired by the company earlier this year over excessive expenses. He gave $250 in October, then $250 in this filing period.

Mr. Fennoy also received $250 from the Committee to Elect Ed Tarver.

Other Fennoy donors include beautician Shavone Stokes ($1,000), the Laborers International Union of North America Local 515 in Atlanta ($500) and the Rev. Clyde Hill, the pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church ($150).

Duluth, Ga., real estate company Sakelle Properties gave $250 and Athens, Ga., investment firm Pennacle USA Inc. gave $200, according to the disclosure.

Reach Johnny Edwards at (706) 823-3225 or johnny.edwards@augustachronicle.com.

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