Margaret Kaiser announced she has raised over $150k in her bid to serve as Atlanta’s next mayor. Kaiser, who served in the legislature and is an ITP pizza magnate, said more than 500 people donated to her campaign and she has exactly $108,873.53 on hand.
Yesterday, former Atlanta COO Peter Amman said he raised $135,000 more, but only had 300 donors.
Kaiser’s statement is pasted below and I’ll post the first fundraising total for other candidates as I receive them.
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State Representative Margaret Kaiser builds strong grassroots coalition in first financial disclosure period
July 12, 2016
Atlanta, Ga. — State Representative Margaret Kaiser today announced her people-powered campaign for Mayor had nearly 500 donors and raised over $150,000 in under ten weeks for its first financial disclosure period, ending June 30. Nearly 200 donations were under $100, demonstrating that everyday Atlantans continue to lead Margaret’s campaign.
“I am honored by this grassroots coalition from across Atlanta and excited about a new era of inclusion and progress,” Kaiser said. “As both a community leader and mother, I look forward to continuing to bring together people of all backgrounds. And as a businesswoman, I will work to rebuild Atlanta’s economy from the ground up.”
Campaign treasurer Phil Smith added, “It is incredible to have such strong support this early, especially before Margaret’s campaign has even made an official announcement.”
The campaign, which has $108,873.53 on hand, had donors on all sides of the political spectrum — counting more than 50 current and previous Democratic and Republican officeholders and community leaders at the local, state and federal levels among those giving to Margaret.
Kaiser is not running for re-election to focus full-time on her campaign for Mayor when her term ends in January.