Cagle says he’s raised $2.7 million for governor’s race

[private]Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Monday he’s raised $2.7 million for next year’s race for governor, putting him in the financial lead among Republican and Democratic candidates.

“Our message of visionary conservative leadership is resonating with people in every community,” Cagle in a statement released by his campaign. “The level of financial support we have received is immensely humbling and encouraging.”

In the Republican primary field, Secretary of State Brian Kemp says he is in second place with $1.7 million, while state Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Atlanta) says he has raised $1 million.

There is no way to confirm those numbers as yet. Although the reporting period ended on June 30, there were no campaign disclosure reports posted on the state ethics commission website for Cagle, Kemp, Hill or state Sen. Michael Williams (R-Cumming) as of 2 p.m. Monday.

The one candidate for governor who has filed and posted a disclosure report is state Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta).

Abrams reported $541,758 in contributions, but she’s burning through it somewhat quickly — she also reported spending $319,290, which left her with $222,468 cash on hand.

“Our campaign will harness the power of all Georgians to change the state, and this work must begin early,” Abrams said. “Because families across our state have chipped in and donated their time, Georgia will be a place where people have the opportunity to succeed – not just survive.”

The heavy hitters among Abrams’ early contributors include both labor groups and self-described philanthropists.

She’s getting support from the Atlanta & North Georgia Building Trades Council ($6,600), the IBEW PAC ($10,500), and the IUOE Local 926 ($6,600).

More than 10 percent of Abrams’ contributions come from the Soros family: philanthropists Alexander Soros ($21,000) and Gregory Soros ($21,000), along with investor George Soros ($21,000). James Cox Chambers, another philanthropist, has given $20,000 to Abrams.

Former Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders contributed $12,000 to Abrams. She received smaller donations from state legislators Pat Gardner, Mary Margaret Oliver, and Nan Orrock.

There was no report posted by the ethics commission for the other Democratic candidate, state Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna).

Public Service Commission race

In the contested race for the Public Service Commission, Democratic challenger John Noel, a former state legislators, had outraised Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton for the period ending June 30.

Noel reported raising $90,954 in contributions and spent $10,000, leaving him with about $80,000 in the bank.

“We are grateful our message is resonating so well among hardworking Georgia families, small business owners and people of all political stripes sick and tired of paying billions of dollars into a failed and unneeded project,” Noel said, referring to the Plant Vogtle nuclear reactors.

“In my world, cost overruns and mismanagement don’t lead to higher CEO pay and more utility company profit,” Noel said. “The time has come to hold those accountable rubber stamping a multi-billion dollar boondoggle at Plant Vogtle.”

Eaton reported no contributions for the period, but in his previous report filed Jan. 31, he had raised $22,395 and spent $19,285, leaving him with $3,110 cash on hand.

PSC races tend to be low-budget campaigns, with incumbent commissioners often facing token or no opposition. Now that he has a credible opponent, Eaton may have to step up his game in the fundraising area.

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