Ex-Speaker Richardson: $32K donated to Senate campaign
By JIM WALLS
(UPDATE: Ex-Rep. Bill Hembree, one of Richardson’s opponents, filed his disclosure a few hours later. He raised nearly four times as much as Richardson — $126,875 plus a $10,000 personal loan.)
Oct. 28, 2012 — Former House Speaker Glenn Richardson has raised more than $32,000 for his campaign for the state Senate.
Disclosures filed this morning show his top donors, at $2,500, include Crawl Bay Holdings LLC, one of former Speaker Pro Tem Mark Burkhalter’s businesses; former Mercer University president Kirby Godsey; and the PAC for the Hospital Corporation of America.
Former colleagues in the House who contributed to Richardson were Reps. Ron Stephens ($1,000), Jay Roberts ($700) and Howard Maxwell ($500).
Other notable Richardson donors:
- $1,500 — John Walraven, former counsel in the speaker’s office under Richardson,
- $1,000 — Jim Walters, Gainesville businessman and longtime business associate of of Gov. Nathan Deal,
- $1,000 — Rebecca Cummiskey, wife of Richardson’s former chief of staff Chris Cummiskey,
- $500 — Bill Carruth, former Senate candidate and former Paulding County Commission chairman, and
- $500 — lobbyist Rebecca Ryles’ firm.
Richardson is seeking the Senate seat vacated by Bill Hamrick, whom Deal appointed to a Superior Court judgeship in August, in a Nov. 6 special election.
The former speaker’s fund-raising pales in comparison to the $125,000 that Jim Naughton, whose wife’s family founded Carrollton-based Southwire Co., loaned to his own campaign. Naughton, who won a $272,000 settlement last year as a whistleblower at the University of West Georgia Foundation, has raised $18,525 in donations.
Other contenders for the Senate seat — former Rep. Bill Hembree and building contractor Mike Dugan — have not yet disclosed their fund-raising.
Bill Hembree, though, refunded more than $60,000 to various political action committees and lobbyists when he closed out his House campaign account. Expect to see a good bit of that money redirected by the donors to Hembree’s Senate bid.