Johnson reports most money

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Campaign fundraising is still going strong for three area mayoral candidates and one city council hopeful.

As of Friday, Aug. 17, Andalusia’s incumbent, Earl Johnson; his opponent, Blaine Wilson, and District 4 candidate Ralph Wells submitted campaign finance disclosure reports for the week.

Johnson reported the contributions for the week with $2,000 – $300 from Randy Jones of Albertville and $2,500 from Triple H of Andalusia.

Johnson reported $4,329 in expenditures. While the majority of the money was spent with Pirate Graphics, TV Cable and The Star-News for advertising, Johnson did have a $350 expense for website graphics/administration to Stephen Caton and a $50 contribution to the Andalusia High School Band Boosters.

Wilson reported a total of $1,758 in contributions, which included a $1,000 in-kind contribution by “Friends and Supporters of Blaine Wilson for Mayor Campaign” for a political event held last week at Oakwood Lodge. He reported that $283 was raised in contributions at the event. The remaining $475 in contributions were given by A.W. (Anna) Bush, $50; Sally and Phillip Gilmer, $200; Eugenia and Pat Foshee, $100; Joyce Leddon, $50, all of Andalusia; and, Jack McGowin of Red Level, $75.

Wilson reported $1,966 in expenses – $1,344 in advertising costs to his radio station, WAAO; $582 to Sign Man of Andalusia for T-shirts; and $40 in security costs at the political event to Michael Vigor.

An amended statement included a $100 donation to the Miracle League of Covington County.

Wells reported a $200 contribution from Mike Wells and $369 in expenses – $5.76 to DigiPrint; $50 to TV Cable; and $314 to The Star-News.

In Opp, the only candidate to file a finance disclosure report was mayoral candidate John Bartholomew, who reported a $2,700 self-contribution and $682 in advertising costs at The Opp News.