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Crowe, Haynes lead in campaign contributions for Paulding commission seats
by Tom Spigolon
May 14, 2014 01:23 PM | 859 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding County Commission candidates Tony Crowe and Herb Haynes reported the most contributions during the latest campaign finance reporting period among candidates for county offices in Tuesday’s primary elections.

Reports filed with the Paulding County Department of Elections and Voter Registration showed Crowe, a Post 4 candidate, listed $5,950 in contributions and no expenditures in the reporting period ending March 31, giving him a balance of $5,950 on hand on the same date.

His contributors of at least $500 included sales representative Dana Fox of Atlanta, $2,000; retiree George Shill of Powder Springs, $1,500; C. Bullard of Hiram, listed as being in the equipment repair business, $1,000; and retiree David Cooper of Dallas, $500.

In addition, after the reporting period ended, he listed contributions of $2,000 from the Atlanta law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP on May 2; and $1,000 from Eric and Eva Craton of Dallas on April 17.

Incumbent Post 4 Commissioner David Barnett reported no contributions and a loan from himself of $200 to his campaign between Jan. 1 and March 31.

Combined with previous contributions, Barnett said he had $651 in contributions to date on March 31.

He also reported expenditures of $675, the filing fee for running for commissioner, in the reporting period, giving him a balance of $176 on March 31.

The loan of $200 brought his campaign’s overall indebtedness to date to $11,600, Barnett said.

Haynes, a Post 3 commission candidate, reported $2,950 in contributions and $1,838 in expenditures between Jan. 1 and March 31.

He reported contributions of at least $300 from Realtor Jaydee Smith of Hiram, $1,000; retiree Jean Haynes of Childersburg, Ala., $500; and homeowners association manager Denise Hines of Dallas, $300.

His largest expenditures during the reporting period were $642 to FL Graphix of Dallas for campaign yard signs and $675 for his campaign filing fee.

He also reported a post-reporting period contribution of $1,000 April 29 from Pine Hill Investments vice president Barrett Howell II of Atlanta.

Post 3 candidate Vernon Collett reported a $1,000 loan from himself to his campaign between Jan. 1 and March 31.

His only expenditure was the $675 campaign filing fee.

He also reported an April 17 contribution of $1,000 from Eric Craton.

Fellow Post 3 candidate Richard Manous filed an affidavit stating his campaign would neither accept nor spend more than $2,500 this calendar year, which by state law exempted him from filing a campaign disclosure for the March 31 reporting period.

Incumbent Post 2 Commissioner Todd Pownall reported contributions of $1,120 and expenditures of $920, giving him a net balance of $216 during the reporting period ending March 31. His expenditures included the $675 filing fee.

Pownall, like Crowe and Collett, also reported an April 17 contribution of $1,000 from Eric Craton of Dallas.

Pownall does not have an opponent in Tuesday’s Republican primary election. He will face independent candidate Mike Pope and the winner of the Democratic primary race between George “Pat” Hughes and Patti Smith.

Hughes, Smith, Pope and District 5 Republican school board candidates Earl Cosgrove and incumbent Sammy McClure all filed affidavits stating their campaign would neither accept nor spend more than $2,500, which exempted them from filing campaign disclosures.

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