4th District hopeful Connie Stokes owes herself $70K
Connie Stokes has been an official candidate for Congress for two days, and she already owes herself almost $70,000.
Stokes’ initial financial disclosure, filed for the period ending March 31, reported $18,076 in debts and obligations to herself, including:
- $5,000 for “campaign manager,”
- $500 for “campaign consultant,”
- $4,641 for her qualifying fee,
- $2,851 for yard signs,
- $1,010 for a campaign fund-raiser,
- $725 for pens and bumper stickers, and
- $1,076 for travel expenses
Some of the expenses, such as her qualifying fee, had not even been paid when she filed the disclosure April 12. The DeKalb County commissioner filed qualifying papers and paid her fee Monday to seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s 4th District congressional seat.
In addition, Stokes reported lending $9,130 in personal funds to the campaign.
She also carried over $42,700 in personal loans from her 2004 run for Congress, when she finished fourth in the Democratic primary with 5 percent of the vote.
All told, the candidate reported owing herself $69,906.