Davis leads in mayor's campaign money race

State Sen. Hardie Davis has an early fundraising lead over Commissioner Al­vin Mason in the Augusta mayor’s race.

Davis reported $62,205 raised, including a $18,000 loan to himself, in campaign filings. Mason reported $22,656, which included $2,657.17 in personal loans. Davis can’t accept contributions while the Leg­is­lature is in session, and it opens Monday.

The other two announced candidates, entrepreneur and community advocate Helen Blocker-Adams and businessman Charles Cummings, missed Wednesday’s deadline for filing campaign finance reports, according to the Georgia Govern­ment Transparency and Cam­paign Finance Commission Web site, which showed each owing a $125 fine.

Several of Davis’ largest donors hailed from outside Augusta, with $2,500 apiece from Atlantans Roy Robinson, the chairman of the Georgia Cham­ber of Commerce’s government affairs council, and Graham Thompson, a health care and telecommunications lobbyist. Brian Dennis of Fay­ette­­­ville, Ga., who is with the Dem­­ocratic National Com­mit­tee Services Corp., also gave $2,500.
He also received $2,500 contributions from his father, Har­die Davis Sr.; Augusta architects Christopher Booker, Nick Dick­inson Sr. and Nick Dick­inson Jr.; and $2,000 from Augusta businessman James Oden. Oden’s wife, businesswoman Melissa Oden, gave $2,200 to Mason.

Mason garnered his two other largest contributions from Pasadena, Calif., donors – $2,500 each from Jacobs Good Government Fund, an engineering political action committee, and businessman Tod Short.

Mason, a two-term commissioner, received several contributions from employees of companies that do business with the city, including $1,000 each from consulting firm ESG Operations and Dennis LaGatta, a vice president of Heery International, and $300 from Total Systems Commissioning.

After expenditures, Davis had $35,822.73 on hand to Ma­son’s $6,544.76.

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