The Senators a fundraising genius…Johnson raises $79, 975 in eight days

I have to hand it to Eric, him putting out there a chance of not seeking re-election has boosted his campaign coffers tremendously. The outpouring of support statewide I am sure has helped him in more than just this. But this has significance.

Savannah lawmaker, who says he hasn’t decided whether to seek re-election, had $385,549 in his campaign coffers as of March 31.

If Eric Johnson runs for re-election, the Republican state senator from Savannah won’t have an underfunded campaign.

Reports on file in Atlanta show Johnson, the Senate president pro tem, had $385,549 in his political coffers as of March 31.

Johnson, who said last week that he hasn’t made up his mind whether to run again, reported raising $79,975 during the first three months of this year.

He and other state officeholders actually had only nine days during that period to raise money – Jan. 1-8 and March 31. They are not allowed to do so when the General Assembly is in session.

As was the case with most officials, all of Johnson’s receipts for the period were during the eight days before the legislature convened.

He received most of the contributions from business, banking and health care industry interests. Jim Walters of Gainesville, whose business was described as “real estate,” contributed $4,000.

5 comments

  1. True Conservative says:

    Anyone know how much his dues to the caucus are though? They might be 100,000. Maybe not such a great deal.

  2. tobin smith says:

    I hope Johnson runs. The Senate will be in bad shape if Cagle wins and Senator Johnson is not there to help him guide the Senate. The same could be said for Reed who has not held public office.

    I assume Johnson has the support of his fellow Senators. Why would he give up such a powerful position?

  3. What’s that based on, Charlie? One other thing… I thought contributions were limited to 2000 for primary/general and 1000 for runoffs. Is it different for companies?

  4. Charlie says:

    Some very good sources. Also. here’s the contribution limits:

    Contribution Limits
    Candidates for State-wide Offices
    No person, corporation, political committee, or political party shall make, and no candidate or campaign committee shall receive from any such entity, contributions to any candidate for state-wide elected office which in the aggregate for an election cycle exceed:
    (1) Five thousand dollars for a primary election
    (2) Three thousand dollars for a primary run-off election
    (3) Five thousand dollars for a general election
    (4) Three thousand dollars for a general election runoff

    Candidates for All Other Offices
    No person, corporation, political committee, or political party shall make, and no candidate or campaign committee shall receive from any such entity, contributions to any candidate for the General Assembly or public office other than state-wide elected office which in the aggregate for an election cycle exceed:
    (1) Two thousand dollars for a primary election
    (2) One thousand dollars for a primary run-off election
    (3) Two thousand dollars for a general election
    (4) One thousand dollars for a general election runoff

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