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Beach, Jerguson Raise Thousands in Campaign Cash

Candidates for the Georgia Senate District 21 have brought in tens of thousands of dollars into their campaign war chests.

Money is pouring into Tuesday's special election race for the Georgia Senate District 21 seat.

The race, hotly contested between Holly Springs resident Sean Jerguson and North Fulton Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Brandon Beach, is the source of nearly $50,000 in contributions made in its short life span of one month.

Jerguson has raised $20,158 and has spent $694.43, which leaves him with $19,463.57 cash on hand. 

Beach has raised $25,250 during the short period, $11,038.14 of which he reports as being carried over from the July 2012 Republican primary. 

That bring his total contributions to $36,813.14.

The Alpharetta resident has nearly spent as much as he's taken in. Beach is reporting expenditures totaling $27,981.14, which leaves him with a balance of $8,832.

Neither candidates have reported loans or using in-kind donations or expenditures for the reporting period. 

Among Beach's top donors are: Hawks Ridge Golf Club Owner J. Michael Nixon at $1,000; Briskin, Cross & Sanford at $1,500; J.L. Morgan Company (operated by lobbyist Jay Morgan) at $1,000; Orkin & Associates at $2,500; Senator Jeff Mullis, victory fund at $1,000; John Stephens at $1,000; and UPS (United Parcel Service) PAC at $1,500.

He also received a $250 contribution each from Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and University of Georgia President Dr. Michael Adams. 

Jerguson's top supporters are: Barry Loudermilk for State Senate at $1,200; BPAC (Georgia Home builders Association) at $2,500; Citizens for Allison at $1,000; Committee to Elect Allen Peake at $1,000; Dickinson & Associates at $1,000; Gaston J. Glock Style LP at $1,500; Georgia Optometric Association at $1,300; Chip Pearson at $1,000; Tom Taylor for Ga House at $2,000; and Canton resident Eric Waynick at $1,000. 

Campaign contribution reports can be viewed on the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission's website. 

patrick January 07, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Time to get money out of politics. People in the area have no jobs, nothing to eat and no shelter in the coldest part of the year and we have companies and lobbyists showering candidates with favor money.
patrick January 07, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Don't really want to hear about how much these candidates have raised, but more about what they've done or are prepared to do for the people of this area as public servants...and not the same old nifty slogan that doesn't translate to action and results.
patrick January 07, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Where is Jerguson on crime control? As a gun shop owner, he's been silent on fixing any of the problems associated with easy access to guns as a way to solve problems. Standing behind the second amendment isn't enough. While he gladly takes campaign money from Glock while selling the Glock clothing line and supports the NRA in all of its support of guns in more places, less restrictions on secondary gun sales, no background checks or record reporting on downstream gun sales, supporting stand your ground laws and less funding for the ATF - this is what it takes to get an A rating from the NRA. Sean Jerguson has pledged allegiance to the NRA, a lobbying organization for the guns and ammunition manufacturers, which, of course, also helps his business. Meanwhile, GA remains a gun shop for the nation - not just for the registered and safe gun owner, but for felons, criminals, undocumented workers, and the mentally ill. Freedom without responsibility is dangerous.
Michael Cross January 08, 2013 at 01:10 PM
I've known Brandon Beach for a decade, and I believe he's the best candidate in this race. He will do his best to represent his constituents, and he'll work hard. As to the story on fund-raising, this portion of the "horse race" generates at least one article each election cycle. I think it's helpful to know who supports each candidate.

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