Senate money race still tight | Online Athens


Senate money race still tight | Online Athens

ATLANTA – Picking the low-hanging fruit, Republican candidates reported gathering $1.7 million in last quarter’s campaign finance reports released Monday.

Out front for the three-month period was U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah with more than $800,000 raised during his first quarter in the race when candidates are tapping old friends and supporters most likely to contribute.

“We will continue working to build the war chest and grassroots team necessary to mount an aggressive campaign ensuring Georgia has a conservative voice in the Senate,” he said.

Next was U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Marietta who pulled in $415,000, followed by U.S. Rep. Paul Broun of Athens with $385,000.

The other new entrant, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel of Roswell, collected $154,000 in the April-through-June quarter.

“This was a great first month, and we are well on our way to having what Karen needs to get her message out,” said her spokesman Dan McLagan.

Having the lowest figures on the GOP side of the ballot is Derrick Grayson of Redan, an engineer with the MARTA transit system. He raised $4,246 including a $1,000 loan from himself.

A potential candidate, political newcomer David Perdue of St. Simons Island, is testing the water. While he filed federal papers to formally establish an exploratory committee, he isn’t required to report campaign contributions on the same schedule as declared candidates.

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