Marcus Wiedower says he doesn’t know the Nevada Congressman who gave him $2,000 for his campaign for Post II on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners.
Wiedower said the $2,000 contribution came as a result of request on Wiedower’s behalf by Richard Goddard, who served as chief of staff for Congressman Mark Amodei from October of 2011 to February of 2015.
Goddard confirmed that he made the request of Amodei because of his relationship with Wiedower.
Goddard said that Wiedower has been a leader at High Shoals Elementary School and that he also knows Wiedower because their children play sports together.
Called On Old Boss
Goddard, in a telephone conversation I had with him today, said he simply called on the Congressman for whom he worked to help out someone he supports in the local campaign.
“I called Mark, the Congressman, and said ‘I’ve got a local guy, would you mind helping me out and sending a check?’ He said ‘absolutely’ and sent a check.”
Goddard's Southern Brewing Company is a micro brewery located at 231 Collins Industrial Boulevard in Athens.
Amodei is a Republican who represents the northern part of Nevada, including Reno. He has served in Congress since 2011.
Amodei does have opposition in the November election, but Ballotpedia rates his seat as safely Republican.
The $2,000 that Amodei gave to Wiedower is part of the nearly $24,000 that Wiedower has raised for the special election on Nov. 8. The other two candidates, Chuck Horton and Ben Bridges, have raised about half that amount between them.
Amodei has a Leadership Political Action Committee called Ponderosa PAC, headquartered at 824 South Milledge Avenue, Suite 101, in Athens, according to the Center for Responsive Politics OpenSecrets.org.
Paul Kilgore is the listed treasurer of Ponderosa PAC.
Kilgore is the president and founder of PDS Compliance, which does the paperwork and management of political financial entities.
Goddard told me today that he learned that Amodei had created his PAC long after he had finished his term as Amodei’s chief of staff and that he had nothing to do with the decision to house in it Athens.
Wiedower, when I talked to him last night, said he was unaware of the existence of the Ponderosa PAC until I told him about it.
$600 More Possible
Amodei legally could contribute up to a total $2,600 to Wiedower’s campaign, according to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission web site.
The $2,000 Amodei gave was the largest amount Wiedower reported on his Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report.
Early voting continues to be strong in the county. By the end of the day today (Thursday), 5,837 persons had cast a ballot, or 21.0 percent of the county's registered voters.