Sonny v. Mark

Disclosures are in.

Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mark Taylor raised more campaign cash than Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue in the last full month of the campaign for governor. But Perdue continues to hold a significant lead in available money heading into the final days of the election, according to new campaign disclosure reports.

Perdue spent a whopping $5.4 million in October, the bulk of it to blanket the state’s airwaves with television ads. Taylor spent just $1.7 million for the monthlong reporting period that ended Oct. 25.

The reports show that lackluster poll numbers didn’t prevent Taylor from hustling to fill his campaign coffers in October, pulling in $723,546. Perdue raised $628,343 for the same period.

But Perdue has $1.77 million cash on hand while Taylor has just $214,774.

But, how much does Mark have in the account designated for a runoff. Heh.


  1. Carpe Forem says:

    I’m already tired of Zell’s tugging of the heart strings on AM 750. Every commercial break… come on! soooo unnecessary.

  2. gatormathis says:

    Warrior // Nov 3, 2006 at 9:26 pm

    How has Fred Taylor’s doubled since Mark was elected?

    gatormathis // Nov 4, 2006 at 7:02 am

    Fred Taylor is the money man in this whole deal. He has made millions off his connections since they helped put Busbee in. Then again, maybe he is just a “good

  3. redneck30342 says:

    Mark is vulnerable to criticism on all the points mentioned, and because of those points is not the most effective candidate to be able to exploit the brewing scandal of Sonny’s land deals.

    If Sonny had signed a paper indicating that the state would seek to be appropriations to pay for the 300,000 acres of future park lands and greenspace whenever revenues improved, then the Georgia Conservancy and private foundations would have bought the land and held it until the state could pay for it.

    It would have been a legacy to future generations of Georgians. The media would have rightly praised his statesmanship and foresight.

    But instead he chose to let it go to developers, while secretly buying an adjacent tract. I’m waiting for revelation that the same developer who got him the land next to Disney World was involved in this deal. If so, we’re looking at the biggest scandal in Georgia politics since the Yazoo Land Act.

    Say what you will about former Governors of Georgia, but I don’t think any of them in the last 40 years would have done this. Marvin Griffin might have done it, with perhaps less sophistication. If Carl Sanders did it, it would have been with such subtlety that he wouldn’t have been caught. But I don’t believe that Maddox, Carter, Busbee, Harris, Miller or Barnes would have sacrificed a permanent legacy of that sort for personal gain.

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