One problem: Keyser didn't have the $4,425 to get his name on the ballot. Another problem: the Little Five Points resident had only 48 hours to raise the cash. Either that or gather 2,300 signatures in the same amount of time.
So Keyser, the founder of the 10,000-member strong Atlantans Together Against Crime and well-known among the city's more social crowd, asked for help via Twitter, Facebook and DailyKos. It paid off. Here are the numbers.
From the Keyser campaign:
Total raised: $4,760
Sampling of donations and totals:
$5 donations: 20
$10 donations: 61
$20 donations: 49
$50 donations: 20
$100 donations: 4
Highest single donation: $120
Pretty impressive right out of the gate.
The odds are obviously against Keyser. Political veterans will probably discount him because of his lack of experience and late arrival to the fundraising race. He's also young and gay. Those attributes, unfortunately, could work against his favor when it comes to politically active and right-leaning north Atlanta voters.
But don't underestimate his strengths. As veteran political writer Tom Baxter of Insider Advantage notes of Keyser:
...the combination of representing a significant minority in city elections, having internet savvy and talking about an issue on a lot of voters minds is one the candidates whove been running longer cant ignore. This is shaping up to be a very interesting fall campaign.
Amen to that, Tom.
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