Created: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:28:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 02:05:35 EST
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert has raised and spent more money on his campaign for Macon-Bibb Mayor than four of the other five candidates combined, according to campaign finance records.
The records were filed with the state under a set of deadlines established before the election was delayed, moved and finally rescheduled for Sept. 17. The state now requires only that campaign finance records be filed by Sept. 2, or two weeks before the election.
All candidates except former Mayor C. Jack Ellis filed reports in early July. Ellis told WGXA he was aware that filing wasn't required until Sept. 2. All candidates are expected to file full reports at that time.
The records on file, for the period ending June 30, show Reichert took in $165,096 in campaign contributions. He spent $64,980 and still has $100,116 in the bank.
A distant second is Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart who brought in $36,436 and spent $28,528, leaving him with only $7,908 in the bank.
Hart is followed by former Bibb Commissioner Charlie Bishop, who took in $14,141 and spent $9,156, leaving him with a balance of $4,995.
Bibb Commissioner Joe Allen showed contributions of $6,863 and expenses of $6,359 for a balance of $504.
David Cousino, a frequent candidate who most notably rode to the Board of Election headquarters on horseback to file his qualifying fee, had contributions of $3,000 and the same in expenditures, which represents the filing fee.
Candidates can still raise money and may have already raised more money than what was reported at the end of June.
The non-partisan election for mayor and nine district commissioner spots for the newly formed Bibb-Macon consolidated government is slated for Sept. 17.