New numbers – Williams, Parent file finance reports

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 9, 2014
Kyle Williams, left, and Elena Parent, right, candidates for state Senate District 42.

Kyle Williams, left, and Elena Parent, right, candidates for state Senate District 42.

Campaign finance reports released on April 7 show that Elena Parent led opponent Kyle Williams in fundraising for the May 20 Democratic Primary for the Senate District 42 seat, but not by much.

The spending reported by each campaign is a different story.

Disclosures show that Parent raised $67,506 during the most recent reporting period, compared with Williams’ $62,015.

Parent’s campaign reported raising a total of $167,870  in cash contributions for the race and $4,825 in in-kind contributions. Parent also filed a supplemental two-day report on April 4 showing an additional $2,000 in contributions.

Williams has raised a total of $150,643 in cash contributions and $3,599 in in-kind contributions.

Going into the thick of the primary campaign season, Parent has $140,965 cash on hand and Williams has $104,464. Williams initially reported a cash on hand balance of $115,922, but filed an amended report after Decaturish asked some questions about the numbers. Williams said in his report filed April 7 that he had spent $1,404 in the previous reporting period, but the report he filed in February says he spent $12,861.

That February report listed $1,404 in expenses from the previous reporting period. Williams’ campaign manager Beth Cope confirmed the mistake.

“We didn’t carry over one of the expense columns,” she said. “Our new cash on hand amount is $104,464.51. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.”

Decaturish also had a question for the Parent campaign. In her press release, Parent’s campaign said she’d raised $172,695. When a reporter noted that the listed amount of contributions was $167,870, a member of her staff explained that Parent was including her in-kind contributions in that total.

“I am proud to have people from across the district show their support for our campaign to improve our schools, expand access to health care, and fight for our progressive values at the state capitol,” Parent said in a press release announcing her latest fundraising totals.

Williams said on his campaign Facebook page that he was pleased with the number of local contributions he’d received.

“Having so many teachers, small business owners and families from here at home supporting our campaign is another sign that voters support a progressive champion and not a go along to get along politics as usual candidate,” he wrote. “Thank you to my neighbors and friends for your support.”

Williams’ list of contributors includes every Decatur City Commissioner except Mayor Jim Baskett.

Here are the contributions he received from City Commissioners during the most recent reporting period:

Kecia Cunningham – $101

Patti Garrett – $109

Committee to Elect Fred Boykin – $400

Scott Drake – $200

Williams also loaned his campaign $5,000, the report shows.

Williams ran for Decatur City Commission in 2009, but lost to Garrett.

Parent received support from other local elected officials. Prior to seeking the Senate District 42 seat, Parent served in the state House of Representatives from House District 81, but lost her seat due to redistricting.

She received a contribution of $250 from Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur and $1,000 from Friends and Neighbors for Jeff Rader, a DeKalb County Commissioner.

Parent didn’t have any loans during the most recent reporting period, but did loan her campaign $5,500 according to the report she filed Feb. 7.

Here are the reports for each candidate:

Williams’ amended report filed on April 9

Williams’ report filed on April 7

Williams’ report filed Feb. 7

Parent’s two-day report

Parent’s report filed April 7

Parent’s report filed Feb. 7

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