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More than $200,000 raised so far by Savannah’s Mayoral Candidates; DeLoach raises $99,000 in five weeks

Category: 2018 Local and State Elections

PHOTO:  Linda Bleithen, president of Armstrong State University, at the podium as last week's Mayoral debate gets underway.

By Lou Phelps, Savannah Business Journal

October 10, 2015 – Edna Jackson and Eddie Deloach have each raised about $100,000 to run for Mayor in the upcoming election in November, as of their Sept. 30 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Reports, but there’s a marked difference in who’s giving to each campaign and at the pace.

Jackson raised $85,480 in the six months ending September 30, based on her 2nd and 3rd Qtr. Financial reports.  Deloach has raised $99,000 in six weeks.

Jackson came into the election season with some money in the bank, and raised some money in the 1st Qtr.  She raised an $43,125 in April through June, and an additional $42,355.50 in cash and in-kind services in the quarter ended Sept. 30.  Combined with earlier funds, she has raised a total of $106,796.04, and ended September with $68,987.86 cash on hand.  

Of her total, $8,455 came from donations under $100.00.  No detail was provided on the names of the individuals making the donations. 

Her largest $2,500 donors included Bob Jepson, Ben Carter, Richard Kessler, Greg Parker, executives at Georgia Power, architect Neil Dawson, a large number of doctors and execs at St. Joseph’s Candler hospital and engineers and principals at Thomas and Hutton, engineering firm. 

DeLoach, who only declared in August, collected $114,315 in just five weeks, from 8/27/15 to 9/30/15, of which $15,000 was from a loan he made to the campaign its early days.  His first contribution was accepted on Aug. 27 from Reed Delaney, in the amount of $2,500.  He ended 9/30/15 with $47,237.45 cash on hand.  

His largest $2,500 donors included Delaney, Lowell and Hillary Kronowitz, Mark Smith, Don Waters, Atty. Edwin King, The Pinyon Company, Richard Culbreth and Kevin Jackson. 

Of the donations over $100, DeLoach appeared to have a much longer list of local Savannah business owners or executives that Jackson, and very little “out of town” money.

DeLoach is using Mark Rountree’s Landmark Communications of Atlanta as his political consulting firm – the same firm that advised Congressman Buddy Carter in his successful campaign in 2014.

Landmark appears to be overseeing many of the purchases of DeLoach’s campaign, including $13,000 for canvassing, $11,182 for direct mail, $3,928 for yard signs, $28,956 for a combination of polling, social media advertising, direct mailing, strategic consulting, more signs and shirts. There are also expenses such as postages and meals.

Contrast both those figures with candidate Murray Silver who has raised only $8,142 as of his 9/30/15 report, and Louis Wilson who has raised no money. “I am financing my campaign on my own, and I’m proud of that,” he said Saturday, though he added that he accepted one $25.00 check.  He did not file a Sept, 30 report with the Savannah Clerk of Council, for the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, writing that it was not necessary.

Silver appears to have had approximately 83 contributors to date, 70 of them through his online “go fund me,” campaign of contributions from $25.00 up to $100.00.  He had $2,887.00 in the bank at 9/30/15, and spent most of the money so far on signs, and one $500.00 retainer payment to his campaign manager Maria Burns. He signed the required forms as the campaign’s treasurer.

A list of all contributors is below. 

For those candidates filing reports, all have spent $1,620 with the City of Savannah, to qualify to get on the ballot.  And, all have printing bills for signs or literature, or both.  Jackson has a campaign office, and has bills such as a Office Manager and electricity payments to Georgia Power.

Her campaign also had printing of campaign literature by the Savannah Herald, according to her report.

Campaign Contributions from 4/1/15 to 9/30/15 live link is: 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/76vlezmnefvur6j/CampaignContributionsLISTMAYOR2015.xlsx?dl=0

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