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Monday, April 8, 2013

Reed's campaign war chest swells to nearly $1.5 million

Mayor Kasim Reed has plenty of cash on hand should a well-funded candidate decide to seriously challenge him in November's municipal elections.

As Saporta Report points out, Reed has raised nearly $350,000 over the past few months, giving him nearly $1.5 million to work with seven months until the 2013 election takes place. That's nearly double an estimated $200,000 he received during the entire second half of 2012.

Among his most notable donors was Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who gave $1,000. Architecture firms Populus and tvsdesign, both selected as finalists to design the new Falcons stadium, respectively contributed $2,500 and $500.

Numerous lawyers, restaurateurs, health care professionals, and entertainment industry types also donated to Reed's campaign fund. In addition, Gov. Deal's chief of staff Chris Riley pledged $250, while former Mayor Andrew Young chipped in $500.

Aside from announced candidates Al Bartell and Paul Luna, Reed faces little opposition in his bid for a second and final term. Nevertheless, he's said that raising funds will help deter other formidable opponents from entering the race.

"What I'm focused on is letting everybody know that I don't want any other job but the job that I have, and I aim to keep it," Reed told 11 Alive earlier this year.

Reed has also repeatedly quashed rumors regarding his larger political ambitions and has confidently affirmed already that he'll be mayor for at least "five more years."

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