Aitken leading in campaign contributions in District 1 race

Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 1:38 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 11:34 PM
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Matt Aitken is outpacing his competitors in campaign contributions in the race for Betty Beard’s District 1 seat on the Augusta Commission, having raised $5,355, according to documents filed this week with the Richmond County Board of Elections.

Bill Fennoy, whom Ms. Beard has endorsed, has raised $4,207 and Butch Palmer has raised $700, according to their contribution disclosure reports. JoRae Jenkins missed the filing deadline, but according to campaign co-manager Ian Dalbert a report will be submitted today saying she’s raised $1,364.

The money came from Ms. Jenkins herself and her campaign workers, Mr. Dalbert said. Because she’s filing two days late, Ms. Jenkins will be reported to the state Ethics Commission and fined $25, Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said.

In the District 3 race, incumbent Joe Bowles has more than three times as much as challenger Cleveland O’Steen, having raised $2,353. Mr. O’Steen has raised $754, $631 of which came from himself.

The other District 3 challenger, Joy B. Mitchell-Booker, reported raising zero contributions.

In District 5, Bill Lockett has raised $12,016 to Bobby Hankerson’s $4,215. However, Mr. Lockett’s contributions include a $9,382 loan from himself.

Outpacing all of them in contributions is Marshal Steve Smith, who has raised $12,815, even though he’s running unopposed.

Because the race to fill the late Joe Scott’s Richmond County Board of Education seat is a special election, disclosure reports in that race aren’t due until Oct. 26.

Listed contributions of $101 or more include:

For Mr. Aitken, $1,000 from developer Clay Boardman, $1,000 from Caye Properties President Charles Caye Jr., $750 from Mr. Aitken himself and $250 from his campaign manager, Ed Presnell

For Mr. Fennoy, $1,000 from Washington, D.C.-based PRM Consulting

For Mr. Palmer, $500 from the Builder’s Association of Metro Augusta, which also donated $2,000 to Joe Bowles and $2,000 to Mr. Hankerson

For Mr. Hankerson, an $800 loan from himself, $160 from himself and $180 from campaign manager Eugene Hunt

For Marshal Smith, $500 from Regent Security, $500 from Busby’s Heating and Air Conditioning, $500 from Jim Hudson Lexus, $500 from Thompson Building Wrecking Co., $500 from French Market Grille and $250 from Jim Courson Realty

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Campaign contribution reports can be viewed online at www.augustaga.gov.

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Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/09/09 - 02:28 pm
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If you didn't think Aitken

If you didn't think Aitken was the candidate of the political machine before, well you sure do now.. just look at his campaign contributors.. all the usual suspects. If you want to change things in Augusta you cannot keep electing the same people backed by the same good-ole-boys who are interested in keeping the status quo because it benefits them.

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sucram 10/09/09 - 02:58 pm
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West Augusta, and Columbia

West Augusta, and Columbia County support for a downtown district. Vote against anybody who is for the TEE center. He and Miss Jenkins are pro TEE.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/09/09 - 03:06 pm
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I am not necessarily against

I am not necessarily against the TEE center.. they have the money that voters approved in the 2005 splost... they can build the TEE Center with that or enlarge an existing facility with that money. The thing is now they want to more than triple the costs.. and don't forget that hotel tax that goes to the management subsidy for Morris' company and the money for betty beard's vote and you are talking about a grand total of around $110 million in costs associated with this current TEE proposal. This is not what voters approved. If they want to change a project this drastically and drive up it's costs then let the voters decide if the new costs are justifiable in a new referendum. Only Palmer supports this common sense idea. Even Fennoy doesn't think voters should have a 2nd say ( I was a bit surprised on that). And Aitkens response of "absolutely not" to allow voters a 2nd say to me shows an aloofness and an out of touch mentality that frankly we don't need any more of on the commission.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/09/09 - 04:33 pm
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Ed Presnell is chairing his

Ed Presnell is chairing his campaign. That's all I need to know right there to not vote for him. Having him on the commission would just be another "yes" vote to divert your tax money to the pet projects of the good-ole-boys club.

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