Cash leaders in the ATL race for mayor: Mitchell, Aman and Norwood

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Atlanta mayoral candidate Ceasar Mitchell at a recent forum. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

A quick inspection of campaign filings in the race for mayor of Atlanta shows the financial dominance of Council President Ceasar Mitchell, former COO Peter Aman, and Councilwoman Mary Norwood.

Together, they’ve raised $4,374,787, nearly two-thirds of all the cash in the race.

With four months to go, Mitchell has clearly burned through the most so far, spending $1,169,744. Aman has the most cash on hand, albeit with the help of $835,024 in personal loans. The top lines for all:

— Peter Aman: $1,656,238 raised to date. Cash on hand: $801,178. Loans this period: $319,120. Total indebtedness: $835,024.

— John Eaves: $137,682 raised to date. COH: $55,279.

— Vincent Fort: $378,286 raised to date. COH: $230,908.

— Kwanza Hall: $513,051 raised to date. COH: $361,070.

— Keisha Lance Bottoms: $644,331 raised to date. COH: $385,531.

— Ceasar Mitchell: $1,699,085 raised to date. COH: $529,341.

— Mary Norwood: $1,019,464 raised to date. COH: $653,278.

— Michael Sterling: $186,019 raised to date. COH: $110,722.

— Cathy Woolard: $835,121 raised to date. COH: $379,296

In calling in to report his own numbers, Mitchell said he took in more than $300,000 between March and June. Most of that money, he said, was raised over the last six weeks after a “pivot” in fundraising strategy that involved hiring a new team.

“People know my leadership style and that I have an ear for people, and that comes through,” said Mitchell. “This is when we make strategic investments to separate ourselves from the competition.”

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A sign of the anti-intellectual times we live in, courtesy of Pew Research Center:

A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58%) now say that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country, up from 45% last year. By contrast, most Democrats and Democratic leaners (72%) say colleges and universities have a positive effect, which is little changed from recent years.

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Just how much did the torrential downpour on the day of the June 20 6th District runoff sway turnout? Marshall Shepherd, the head of the University of Georgia’s atmospheric sciences program,  took a crack at it.

Writing in Forbes, Shepard notes that he was part of a University of Georgia research study that found the impact of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 suppressed voter turnout in New Jersey and Connecticut. But in the course of that project, he wrote, he found few other studies about the impact of severe weather on voter turnout.

He ended with a plea for more research – and perhaps a study on last month’s race in Atlanta’s suburbs. From his piece in Forbes:

At the end of the day, several forces were at likely play in the 6th district election. As I mentioned previously, there is no way to conclusively link turnout issues to the rainfall, particularly since Galloway’s article hinted at turnout issues in early voting too. However, scientific studies do affirm that it is plausible that it played some role.  Political scientists and meteorologists will need to conduct a study to find out.

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the former Georgia governor,  will be back in Atlanta tomorrow for a conference of lunch ladies.

We’re only a little bit off there. Perdue will be speaking to members of the School Nutrition Association on the final day of their annual conference at the Georgia World Congress Center. He’s expected to address nutrition rules for school lunches and child obesity, a hot-button issue that’s put him at odds with former first lady Michelle Obama.

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Speaking of Perdue, Todd Rehm over at GaPundit flagged this Macon Telegraph story about the secretary’s son’s church recently holding a ceremony in honor of him and his “mission” in Washington.

In attendance were the former governor, his family, Rev. Benny Tate of Rock Springs Church in Milner and state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

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U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter has drawn himself a Democratic challenger, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Lisa Ring, a DNC delegate for Bernie Sanders and chair of the Bryan County Democratic Committee, told the newspaper she would “stand up and protect … access to affordable healthcare.”

“It’s time to take healthcare out of the hands of for-profit health insurers and put it into the hands of actual healthcare providers,” she said.

The Pooler Republican ran unopposed in Georgia’s coastal 1st Congressional District last year.

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The New York Times profiles the Johnny Isakson-led Senate VA Committee, which the paper describes as one of the last bastions of bipartisanship in an increasingly toxic Washington.


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