Lee took in $48,564 this quarter and had cash on hand of $54,656 — each more than twice as much as any of his three competitors.
Those who donated $100 to Lee included Cobb Chamber of Commerce Chair Tony Britton, WellStar Health System VP Joseph Brywczynski, Croy Engineering’s Jim Croy, Thomas DiMassimo (spouse of Cobb DOT head Faye DiMassimo), Atlanta Opera director Dennis Hanthorn, Cobb Development Authority member Clark Hungerford, former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Conley Ingram, WellStar VP Kim Menefee (two contributions of $100 each), Marietta Council candidate Pattie Pearlberg, WellStar VP Leo Reichert, Cumberland Community Improvement District director Malaika Rivers, Cobb Galleria Centre GM/CEO Michelle Swan, and Mercer University economist Dr. Roger Tutterow. Giving $50 was Deane Bonner of the Marietta NAACP.
Retired Marine Col. Mike Boyce reports raising nearly $16,000 and also put $5,000 of his own money this quarter into his bid to unseat Lee. A large number of Boyce’s contributors are local retirees giving $100. His only $1,000 contributor was Charlie Edwards, a retiree who lives in the Atlanta Country Club. Boyce’s filing shows cash on hand of more than $15,000.
Former Chairman Bill Byrne reports income of nearly $15,000 in his comeback bid, though he also reports earning $3,000 in interest on his campaign account this period. (Wonder where he banks?) After expenses, his cash on hand is more than $20,500, according to his filing.
Byrne collected $1,500 each from Janet and attorney Mark Spix of Atlanta; and the aforementioned Westbrook, and he cashed $1,000 checks from Debbie Hill and Chris Waldman, both of whom are in real estate; as well as from Williamson Diversified Holdings. Attorney Hylton Dupree gave Byrne $500, and Canoe restaurant owner Ronald San Martin gave $400. George McKerrow Jr., president/CEO of Ted’s Montana Grill, and Ginair McKerrow, both of Atlanta, each gave $200. Businessman Robert Meadows and new Cobb Bar president Robert Schnatmeier Jr. each wrote checks to Byrne for $250.
Chairman candidate Larry Savage, meanwhile, told the Journal he has raised only $260 but spent $420 this quarter. He plans to mail in his report.
Among Ott’s biggest donors were Albion Scaccia Enterprises ($2,400); Governor’s Ridge Office Park ($2,400); financial consultant James Brock of Marietta ($2,000); Elon Salon owner Don Westbrook ($2,000) and Michael Brown, of Health Care Capital Corp. ($1,500).
Ott took in $1,000 each from Larry Kelly and Mason Zimmerman, both of Pope and Land; and Carol Ney. Other contributors included Marietta philanthropist Stephen Imler ($500) and the Committee to Elect Sheriff Neil Warren ($200).
WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM will donate $50,000 to the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network to help fund its efforts to “educate” the public about the upcoming TSPLOST referendum.
“WellStar is planning on providing the funds in the next several weeks,” WellStar’s Keith Bowermaster confirmed to the MDJ.
Perhaps not coincidentally, WellStar Senior VP of Public and Governmental Affairs Kim Menefee is one of four co-chairs of the steering committee for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Competitive EDGE economic development push. The Chamber is lobbying hard along with MAVEN for passage of the TSPLOST referendum. Meanwhile, WellStar Health Parks administrative team member Kim Paris is the husband of MAVEN bigwig Michael Paris. The donation was approved by President/CEO Reynold Jennings but was not run by the WellStar board, even though the recipient, MAVEN (and by extension, the TSPLOST) have become political hot potatoes.
“It did not require Board approval,” Bowermaster said.
The $50,000 will be the first contribution to MAVEN by WellStar and at this time it will be the only contribution, he told the MDJ.
MAVEN has a war chest in excess of $2.1 million — including $370,000 thus far from the Cumberland Community Improvement District and $200,000 from the Town Center CID — to spend touting the TSPLOST between now and the July 31 referendum. State Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs), Cobb Commission Chair candidate Larry Savage and others have contended that MAVEN’s “education” efforts are entirely one-sided in favor of passing the TSPLOST.
The super, faculty members and county’s 107,000 students will return to school Monday. For those of us who have enjoyed the emptier-than-usual roads this week, it will be like a storm is hitting our area.
THE MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET gets back in full swing this morning, moving from its winter location on Mill Street to its full-scale format on North Park Square, the street that runs along the north side of Marietta Square. Organizer Johnny Fulmer tells Around Town there will be more vendors this year than ever before.