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    DeKalb CEO’s campaign fund nearly wipes out 2008 debt


    burrell ellisBurrell Ellis has just about paid off his $700,000-plus campaign for DeKalb County CEO. Now, it’s time to start thinking about 2012.

    Ellis’s campaign fund spent a total of $735,000 over two years, according to its latest financial disclosure report. That’s less than the $860,000 that his predecessor, Vernon Jones, spent in 2004 to win re-election.

    Ellis won a Democratic primary runoff in August 2008 and had no Republican opposition in November.

    Since the runoff, Ellis has collected $132,514 from campaign donors, allowing him to retire most of his campaign debt. The CEO’s campaign committee has $2,025 in the bank right now and owes $6,000 for “robocall” services to get the vote out last year.

    Notable donations since Ellis won the CEO’s suit last August include:

    $8,000 from partners in Chitwood Harley Harmes LLP, a class-action law firm with offices in New York and Atlanta

    $2,350 from attorneys at McKenna Long Aldridge, including former Congressman Buddy Darden; Atlanta mayoral candidate Jesse Spikes; Eric Tanenblatt, former chief of staff to Gov. Sonny Perdue; and Keith Mason, former chief of staff for Gov. Zell Miller and son of developer Wayne Mason

    $2,300 from Kelly Jordan, chairman of the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance

    $1,000 from developer and former DeKalb Commissioner Robert E. Lanier

    $1,500 from the attorney for the DeKalb Development Authority, and $500 from its vice chairman

    $1,000 from zoning attorney Kathryn Zickert

    $750 from a firm run by Michael Hightower, who served a federal prison term for accepting bribes as a Fulton County commissioner

    $550 from Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd

    $500 from Emory University general counsel and former U.S. Attorney Kent Alexander

    $250 from state Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield

    $250 from District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming’s campaign committee

    $200 from Kelvin Walton, DeKalb County’s director of purchasing

    $200 from state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver

    $150 from Congressman Hank Johnson’s campaign fund





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