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Gainesville mayoral candidates report contributions

POSTED: October 7, 2013 12:35 a.m.

Former Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan is leading the city’s mayoral candidates in money raised and cash on hand, according to recent campaign disclosure reports filed with the state.

Dunagan raised more than $7,200 in itemized contributions and more than $7,400 in contributions of $100 or less that aren’t required to be listed separately. Rose Johnson raised more than $4,200, and Charles Alvarez raised about $3,400.

Debra Harkrider didn’t file the campaign disclosure report that was due on Sept. 30 and owes $625 in disclosure report fees because of reports that weren’t filed or were late from 2011, 2012 and 2013, according to an October invoice from the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, formerly known as the state ethics commission.

Harkrider said she didn’t receive her personal identification number to file a report by the September deadline and had the same issue when she ran for council in 2011. She said she is not trying to raise money, preferring to finance her campaign herself and said the state hasn’t notified her that she owed money in fees.

“Because I wasn’t running, it was my understanding that I didn’t need to file any longer because there was nothing to file,” she said of her reports from previous campaigns.

Dunagan’s largest contributor during the July, August and September reporting period was Jim Walters, a local business leader who contributed $1,000. Business community leader Philip Whilheit and his wife, Mary Hart, contributed $500. Chris Riley, Gov. Nathan Deal’s chief of staff, contributed $250. State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, contributed $200.

Johnson, who ran for the City Council in 1990, raised $1,000 from Gainesville attorney Arturo Corso during the reporting period. She also accepted contributions of $500 from Barbara Meyer of Atlanta and $300 from Barbara Borders of Gainesville.

Alvarez accepted $500 from Alvarado Used Auto Sales, $250 from Corados Auto Sales and $300 from JIREH Sports Management Inc. He also received several in-kind contributions, including $1,194 from Gainesville Sign Shack for a credit received on deferred expense. In addition, he had a $300 loan during the disclosure period from Andy Otero of Flowery Branch, his campaign treasurer.

Johnson spent the most during the three-month reporting period, disbursing about $3,900 including about $2,200 on printing materials and rental space.

Alvarez spent about $2,800 on his campaign, including $500 for a radio remote broadcast with Hispanic station 101.9, Que Buena in Dalton and about $850 in marketing.

Dunagan spent about $2,230, with more than $500 on candidate cards and $1,000 for a consultant with Rainmaker and Associates in Gainesville.

Campaign disclosure reports are next due Oct. 25.


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