Incumbent Republican Houston Gaines, who represents part of Oconee County in the Georgia House of Representatives, raised $177,190 in campaign contributions in the three months ending on Sept. 30.
Incumbent Republican Marcus Wiedower, who represents the bulk of the county in the Georgia House, raised $142,675 during that same period.
Mokah Jasmine Johnson, the Democrat challenging Gaines, raised $25,529 during the last three months, while Jeff Auerbach, the Democratic opponent of Wiedower, raised $17,181 from June 30 to Sept. 30.
Incumbent Republican Bill Cowsert, who represents all of Oconee County in the state Senate, raised only $17,300 in the June to September reporting period.
Cowsert’s Democratic challenger, Andrew Ferguson, raised $11,213 from June 30 to Sept. 30.
Going into the final five weeks of the campaign, Gaines reported having a cash balance on hand of $371,198, Wiedower had $227,301, and Cowsert had $279,280.
Johnson had a net balance on hand of $15,144, Auerbach had $28,706, and Ferguson had $10,416.
Republican Candidate Contributions
The candidates were required to file their Sept. 30 campaign reports on that day but given a grace period of a week. Gaines filed Oct. 6, Wiedower and Cowsert filed Oct. 7, Johnson filed on Oct. 5, Auerbach on Oct. 7, and Ferguson on Oct. 2.
Gaines listed 274 contributions of more than $100 each in the June 30 to Sept. 30 period, with 19 of them more than $1,000 each. Gaines is seeking election in the new 120th House District.
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His three largest contributors, giving the allowed maximum of $3,000, were The Home Depot Inc. Political Action Committee, the Georgia Association of Realtors Political Action Committee, Petrol Nikolinakas, and Kevin Lang.
Gaines received $1,000 from House Speaker David Ralston’s campaign committee. In all, he had 60 contributions of exactly $1,000.
Wiedower had 261 contributions of more than $100 in the three months of June, July, and August, and 40 of more than $1,000. Wiedower is seeking to represent the new 121st House District.
Wiedower had 22 contributions at the maximum level of $3,000, including one of that amount from Karen Mahoney, another of that same amount from Kelly Mahoney, and a third from Kelly Mahoney’s KM Holdings LLC.
Kelly Mahoney is co-founder and managing partner of large housing complex developer Hillpointe, where Wiedower is vice president of external affairs.
Wiedower also received $1,000 from House Speaker Ralston’s campaign committee.
Cowsert reported only 20 contributions of $100 or more, and only three of more than $1,000. Cowsert is seeking re-election to the 46th Senate District.
Cowsert’s largest contribution was $2,000 from J.M. Family Enterprises Inc., of Deerfield, Fla. He had a $1,500 contribution from Titlemax of Carrollton, Texas, and that same amount from Windstream Holdings II LLC Political Action Committee of Little Rock, Ark.
Democratic Candidate Contributions
Johnson, seeking election in the new 120th House District, received only 41 contributions in July, August, and September of more than $100 and only one greater than $1,000.
That largest contribution was $3,000 from Fair Fight, founded by Stacy Abrams.
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Johnson received $1,000 from the Athens Clarke County Democratic Committee, $500 from the Oconee County Democratic Committee, and $500 from the Jackson County Democratic Committee.
The 120th House District includes Marswood Hall and Bogart precincts in Oconee County and parts of Clarke, Jackson, and Barrow counties.
Auerbach reported receiving only 26 contributions of more than $100 in the last three months and only one greater than $1,000.
Auerbach’s largest contribution also was $3,000 from Fair Fight, and he received $1,000 from the Athens Clarke County Democratic Committee and $500 from the Oconee County Democratic Committee.
The new 121st House District consists of the remaining six precincts of Oconee County and parts of Clarke County.
Ferguson reported receiving only 19 contributions of more than $100 and only one, $1,500, of more than $1,000. That $1,500 contribution was from Fair Fight.
Ferguson received $1,250 from the Athens Clarke County Democratic Committee and $500 from the Oconee County Democratic Committee.
The new 46th Senate District includes all of Oconee County plus parts of Clarke, Barrow, Gwinnett, and Walton counties.
Gaines’ largest expenditure, other than to pay credit card bills, in July, August, and September was $7,000 for campaign worker salaries.
Gaines gave away $28,000 to support other candidates.
Wiedower spent $14,921 with War Room Strategies, his campaign consultants, in the July, August, and September period, his largest expenditure.
Wiedower gave $4,500 to other candidates.
Cowsert spent $21,533 with South Public Affairs Consulting. He gave $4,000 to other Republican candidates.
The bulk of Johnson’s spending in July, August, and September was for individual campaign workers.
Auerbach spent most of his money in the July, August, and September period on campaign mailing and literature.
Ferguson’s spending was for campaign materials and worker salaries.