Augusta candidate puts up $250,000 for runoff bid

Friday, Aug 3, 2012 2:08 PM
Last updated 2:12 PM
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An Augusta businessman is giving another $250,000 of his own money to his campaign for Congress — a sign the candidate is confident he’ll advance to the Republican runoff election Aug. 21.

Rick Allen  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Rick Allen

Rick W. Allen reported putting the money into his campaign fund Thursday, two days after results from the four-way GOP primary showed Allen and Augusta attorney Wright McLeod running neck-and-neck for second place. Unofficial returns showed Allen leading by just 570 votes. McLeod could be eligible for a recount after official results are certified next week.

Allen’s latest cash infusion brings his total personal investment in the 12th District race to $540,000. If he makes the runoff, he will face Republican state Rep. Lee Anderson Grovetown.

The runoff winner takes on Democratic Rep. John Barrow in November.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/03/12 - 01:15 pm
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Since Wright McLeod Was Defeated...

Since McLeod was defeated Riverman is giving his support to Rick Allen. Hopefully, we can take this seat from the Dems. It's embarrassing to have Barrow, a Dem, representing us.

noway
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noway 08/03/12 - 01:19 pm
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good for him

He could never represent the 99% of people, since he's the 1%. He has no idea what it's like to worry about having a roof over your head, having food to eat, getting a prescription filled or wondering if you are going to be able to retire. He just wants to be sure that our government continues to coddle big business and to heck with the regular citizen working for a living. I am sure Rick Allen is an honest, good man, but money thrown around in politics makes me sick.

gcap
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gcap 08/03/12 - 01:25 pm
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Why?

Why do so many congressional candidates use more of their money than they would ever earn as a congressman in one term? I congratulate Mr. Allen on his success. But I can't understand his motivation for using so much of his money to get elected. How much is the return on this investment expected to be, Mr. Allen?

slowpitch
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slowpitch 08/03/12 - 02:05 pm
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sorry, noway, almost all congress critters are high achievers

There are plenty of reasons to distrust politicians, but you've found perhaps the flimsiest one with your OWS BS.

"He could never represent the 99% of people, since he's the 1%." It may come as a surprise to you, but almost everyone voted into federal office has been very successful and can be solidly classified as "the elite"; there are 540 senators, representatives and delegates in Congress representing 310,000,000 Americans.

Further, you're in need of remedial Civics instruction if you think congress's proper role is making sure everyone has food to eat, filled prescriptions and diversified retirement investments. In a time where we are borrowing 40 cents for every one dollar of federal spending, where federal debt (NOT including state/local debt) is over $225,000 PER TAXPAYER, in the wake of a government-sponsored subprime housing collapse, after dozens of government green venture investments lost billions, etc etc; most people understand the we need Congress to extricate itself from extraneous and wasteful obligations, not add to the morass.

noway
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noway 08/03/12 - 04:37 pm
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so smart!

Thank you slowpitch, for your civics lesson. You are so all knowing. I know that most all congressmen are rich. It just makes me sick that all of this money is thrown around like it is when life is tough for most people. He's wasting his own money, throwing it around and we are going to elect him and these other bozos to run our country and "save our country money'? right. It's all a joke. Keep your lecture.

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brendadale 08/03/12 - 07:34 pm
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are you buying votes

What in the world are you trying to do Rick? Money can't make you a politician. Stick to being a businessman!

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brendadale 08/03/12 - 07:56 pm
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God has an individual plan

God has an individual plan for each of our lives. God gives each of us special grace to do what He's called us to do. Lee Anderson's calling is to represent the people.
I think that Lee Anderson is the type of person that should represent us in Washington. Vote August 21 for Lee Anderson. Remember, money does not make you a leader. Money does not make you really care about the people you represent.

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