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.
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.