Davis raises most money among mayoral candidates

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 7:40 PM
Last updated Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:36 AM
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Sen. Hardie Davis maintains a healthy fundraising lead over Augusta’s other four mayoral candidates in the latest campaign financial reports due with Richmond County Board of Elections.

Davis began the reporting period with $38,256 on hand from $71,075 he’d raised before the General Assembly convened. He ended the period March 31 with another $11,294 raised and $30,647 in the bank, for a grand total of $82,369 raised since he announced the campaign in August.

Davis’ latest contributions included $1,000 each from Steven Bryant’s Electrical Contractors LLC and Augusta attorney Wyck Knox; $500 apiece from U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, developer Rodger Giles and attorneys Randy Frails, John Manton and Sam Nicholson; $250 from University Hospital CEO Jim Davis and $250 from Darren Smith, son of former Augusta commissioner Jimmy Smith.

During the same period, Davis used his campaign funds to repay $7,500 of a $15,000 loan he made to himself and pay other campaign expenses, according to the report.

Davis’ two closest fundraising contenders are neck-and-neck with around $6,000 on hand for the final leg of the campaign. The election is May 20.

Commissioner Alvin Mason reported raising $6,696 during the period and spending $10,104, leaving him with $6,224 on hand from his total campaign contributions of $37,052.

Mason’s donations during the period included $500 from Manton; $1,500 from Redzone Robotics of Pittsburgh, Pa., and $3,923 he lists as raised at a fish fry. He spent from his campaign chest on supplies for the fry, a St. Patrick’s Day float rental and other expenses.

Businesswoman Helen Blocker-Adams raised $4,269 during the eight-week period, which she ended with $6,022 on hand. Her total funds raised during the campaign is $13,517.

Blocker-Adams’ donations during the period included $300 each from Mark Tribby, Brenda Galeas, Tom Hildebrand, Jeff Gorelick and Charlie Sconyers.

Candidate Lori Myles, a language arts teacher at T.W. Josey High School, reported raising $5,900 during the period, through cash donations from herself, research coordinator Kelora Cofer, Realtor Evelyn Sparrow and her husband, Kerwin Myles.

Myles’ largest expenditure was the qualifying fee and a $1,000 billboard, and she ended her first fundraising period with a balance of $59.46.

Charles Cummings, a retired restaurateur running on a platform of improving public transit, garnered a $150 contribution from Macon pastor Mark Pierson, bringing his campaign total to $1,051. Cummings reported no itemized expenses, and ended the period with $156.50.

It is rare but not unheard of for lesser-funded candidates to win countywide races in Augusta-Richmond County.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree, who garnered some $168,175 in his quest to be sheriff, won a primary runoff against better-funded candidate Scott Peebles.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver raised some $383,813 in his first race for a full term, far more than his opponents.

Commissioner Marion Williams, however, won election to represent half of Augusta-Richmond in Super District 9 on a reported budget of less than $5,000.

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Pops
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Pops 04/09/14 - 08:20 pm
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Anyone with an ounce

of brains would not contribute hard earned money to people running for this meaningless office.....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/09/14 - 09:23 pm
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Hedging

What about this John Manton guy who contributed to both Hardie Davis and Alvin Mason? I wonder what kind of favors he is seeking? Is he a Matt Kwatinetz wannabee?

triscuit
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triscuit 04/09/14 - 11:24 pm
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Follow the money...obviously

Follow the money...obviously many in the legal profession want Davis. He also as a lot of Atlanta money that was contributed early. While it helps, the most money does not always equal the most votes.

triscuit
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triscuit 04/09/14 - 11:24 pm
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Follow the money...obviously

Follow the money...obviously many in the legal profession want Davis. He also as a lot of Atlanta money that was contributed early. While it helps, the most money does not always equal the most votes.

rebellious
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rebellious 04/10/14 - 02:37 am
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A statesman

is what we need for Augusta's mayorship. With limited voting capability, we need someone to forge alliances, build consensus and bridge differences. Smart money seems to feel the same way.

Mason, not so much. Towering over, talking in eloquent doublespeak to hear oneself speak, and otherwise grandstanding will achieve little. These are hallmarks of Alvin Mason.

Helen, sweet Helen, will try to get everyone to hold hands and hum with eyes closed to gather their metaphysical powers towards success. Feel good, smoochy, touchy feely, I admit. But effective with this cast of characters? Hardly!

Cummings...Come on. Snowball in Hell, camel through the eye of the needle....You get the picture.

So vote early and often, but vote. And I am of the opinion that Hardie Davis would be the best choice out of this selection.

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 04/10/14 - 05:40 am
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Can't vote

I live in Columbia county. How nice!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/10/14 - 06:35 am
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You are funny rebel :)

"Helen, sweet Helen, will try to get everyone to hold hands and hum with eyes closed to gather their metaphysical powers towards success. Feel good, smoochy, touchy feely"

She might be watching you!! haha

story1
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story1 04/10/14 - 08:48 am
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Appears....

Alvin Mason is not going to be influenced by certain individuals. We need someone like him to take back control of our city. And, he opposes Splost, especially the private, for profit groups lining up to receive $$. Vote Mason and Vote Splost VII, not No but @@@@ NO.

triscuit
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triscuit 04/10/14 - 09:39 am
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Here's what I see....Myles

Here's what I see....Myles and Cummings are non-issues. Alvin leading commission meetings, bullying his former co-commissioners. Hardie, the "statesman" being bullied by 1/2 of the commission. Sweet Helen,...well, now, after all these years, there's a woman up there, a smart, articulate woman....how are Lockett, Williams, et al going to look giving their brand of garbage to a woman now? I know she wont cower down from the likes of them. We had a statesman in Bob Young, and to a much lesser degree in Deke. No we need someone that is determined to try to build relationships on the Commission and also someone that is for ALL of Augusta. She is also against this current Splost package as written and has told me we need more money to maintain our city and our current projects, which I agree we do. She will get my vote even if her coffers are not as high at Mr. Davis'.

G'ment Watcher
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G'ment Watcher 04/10/14 - 10:12 am
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Hardie Davis

When I see most of the contributions are from out of town from companies with a vested interest, I really wonder what they want now in addition to what they already receive. I don't understand why all these out of town people want to support a candidate who is moving down from a position where he can actually have a voice in government to a do nothing position.

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Butterman 04/10/14 - 11:09 am
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Cabal Candidate
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The choice of The Cabal is clear.. it's Hardie Davis Jr. Just look at where the bulk of his campaign contributions are coming from... outside of Augusta. It makes you wonder why these ppl are giving so much money to a candidate who is running for a rather powerless position.. unless it has more power than we think. It also explains why Davis is supporting SPLOST, because his contributors benefit heavily from the boondoggles it spurs. We should be seeing the Chronicle endorsement for Davis coming soon, the ultimate Cabal seal of approval.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/10/14 - 11:12 am
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The only 2 worth Voting For
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Mason and Helen are the only two worth voting for. Both are against SPLOST . My choice is Mason, because I think he has the cajones to take on the cabal and shake things up and get real reform. I feel Helen might be too nice and naive and would easily be steamrolled.

Karen Slater-McDaniel
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Karen Slater-McDaniel 04/10/14 - 11:39 am
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Too sweet ... ???

If anyone thinks Helen Blocker-Adams would let these men or women on the commission run all over her, well you surely have NEVER met Helen. And you don't know her at all. She is one dedicated & determined woman in her personal & professional life. One with a clear vision for Richmond County.

But hey, I live in Columbia County. Mine is just an opinion. Besides ... Go GHHS!

triscuit
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triscuit 04/10/14 - 11:45 am
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again, follow the money....

just a quick look on the State Ethics commission website and there is a financial disclosure statement for H. Davis, dated back in Jan. Of about 68 listed contributions, 27 are from out of town, mostly ATL, but one from TX and MI...I'd love to know what the Kwanzaa Hall for City Council, Dist. 2 wants for their donation. 3 architects too...hmmm...looking for projects? Not sure of the breakdown now, but at that time 40% of your money is coming from out of town to a local mayor's race?

Butterman
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Butterman 04/10/14 - 12:23 pm
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Helen
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Katharine.. I do not doubt what you are saying about Helen, but she certainly is not expressing this in the forums. Shge still speaks too much in vague platitudes about "bringing people together" without specifically stating how. She comes off as just a little too kumbayaish for me. "Let's all hold hands and think happy thoughts." I am sure her intentions are good.. but that just isn't going to work with the Augusta commission. I'd like to hear more tough talk from her and less of the sunshine rhetoric. But she is against SPLOST and has some good ideas. She is certainly my back-up choice if Mason does not make it through.

story1
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story1 04/10/14 - 12:59 pm
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Is Helen really against Splost?

I thought she was torn in what to say publicly since she is on the board of directors for a group that will get money if Splost is approved.

triscuit
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triscuit 04/10/14 - 01:25 pm
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You would have to ask Helen

You would have to ask Helen directly, but at past Mayoral Forums she has said she is against this Splost package as it is currently proposed, mainly because there is not enough allocated to infrastructure. That is all I know, but she's made that clear each time someone's asked her.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/10/14 - 04:33 pm
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Committees and Studies
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My main problem with Helen is that her answer to everything seems to be to form another committee or conduct another study. Augusta has too many committees and studies sitting on shelves as it is. Mason seemed to have a greater understanding of the issues facing Augusta and the power of the mayor's office to handle them. At the forums, he gave the most practical and specific answers.

BCB
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BCB 04/11/14 - 09:22 am
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Sen. Hardie Davis for Mayor

I have read the articles and commentary about State Senator Hardie Davis and his campaign to become the next Mayor of Augusta. I'm a firm believer that this "statesman" is not what Augusta needs right now. Some very intelligent people have been saying "follow the money" and that is a great statement to look into. Why are "special interest" groups out of Atlanta raising the MOST money for Sen. Davis? For all of you that believe that the money he has accumulated for his campaign is a good thing, check the facts. Whoever gives the most will be heard the most. Plain and simple. I have read that people said that because he is also a Pastor, he would make a great Mayor. Please explain to me how being a Pastor automatically means that he will be a good Mayor? That frustrates me beyond belief! Furthermore, if you would like to have any idea of how he will serve as a Mayor, please look into his almost non-existent track record as a legislator in Atlanta. What MEANINGFUL legislation has he sponsored? Enlighten me please. I know the remaining mayoral candidates might not be any better, but let's look at like this. Ms. Blocker-Adams and Commissioner Mason work and serve in the community. Both can be and are seen throughout the CSRA on a daily basis and know far more of what's going on in the local area than the Senator who just so happens to have his district in the area, but only knows what's going on from second hand accounts. This mayoral election is interesting, but if you vote for Sen. Davis expecting CHANGE, you will be sorely disappointed and will find that he is nothing more than a new puppet under the same puppet master waiting for his debut at the local after school talent show.

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