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Davis, Murray Raise and Spend Most Campaign Funds

Each of them has raised more than $20,000.

Mayoral candidates J. Max Davis and Sandy Murray have brought in more than $20,000 each for their campaigns, according to the most recently filed campaign contribution disclosure reports.

Davis leads with $23,482, which includes the $2,718 he has loaned his campaign. Murray has loaned her campaign $3,980 during the most recent campaign filing period, which brings her total contributions to $21,210.

The most recent campaign contribution disclosure report must be filed before Oct. 28 to avoid late-filing fees from the state ethics commission.

Reports show that mayoral candidate Larry Danese last filed a campaign contribution disclosure report on Oct. 5. According to that report, Danese has raised $1,230 and has spent $776. He loaned $1,130 to his campaign.

Mayoral candidate Thom Shepard, who has suspended his campaign, filed his most recent campaign contribution disclosure report on Oct. 15. He lent his campaign $616, which he used to pay the $480 qualifying fee and to pay for the $136 post office box, according to his report.

Residents have expressed concern about the potential conflict of interest that develops as a result of accepting campaign contributions from potential vendors. Davis is the only mayoral candidate to have admitted to accepting campaign donations from potential city vendors. According to the most recent campaign contribution report, Davis accepted more than $3,000 from vendors who have done business with other cities in the past. The Brookhaven Reporter reports that number to be approximately $3,200.

Davis, in response to a resident's question during the second mayoral debate, said he had accepted contributions from potential city vendors.

He said at the forum, "I have gotten some contributions from some potential vendors, but what's good about that is the potential vendors will be in competition with one another. So...accepting money when it comes to business with the city really has no bearing in my mind to my name, what I believe about honesty and whether or not a potential vendor is chosen. The criteria for choosing a vendor is cost and customer service in my mind. I don't care who it is... Whether or not a vendor gives any candidate money doesn't really come into play until there's something that's going to be rotten...That's what the bottom line is–saving you money. Everything we do should be geared toward saving the taxpayer money and providing better services."

The Brookhaven Reporter reported that Davis said a $250 contribution to Murray’s campaign from Doug Dillard of Weissman Nowack Curry & Willco is basically the same thing as his acceptance of contributions from potential vendors since an attorney from the firm is representing a client in a DeKalb County zoning case.

The largest contributions to Davis' campaign come from State Rep. Mike Jacobs, who gave $2,500 and from State Sen. Fran Millar, who gave $1,000. Both Jacobs and Millar helped get the bill for a Brookhaven cityhood vote passed through the House of Representatives and through the Senate.

Mary Ellen Imlay, president of The Imlay Foundation, contributed $1,000 to Sandy Murray's campaign. Attorney R. Timothy Morrison of Pop, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison and Norwood LLP donated $1,000 and Brenda Brown of Brown and Spiegel Family Office Management donated two contributions of $1,000 to Murray's campaign. Imlay also helped back efforts of those opposed to the cityhood vote.

Now, Murray is calling on Davis to return the campaign contributions he received from potential vendors. Read her full statement here.

What do you think of the campaign contributions received by mayoral candidates? Tell us below in the comments.

Update 9:46 a.m. Murray said she knows Doug Dillard, the attorney named in the Brookhaven Reporter article mentioned above, from the Brookhaven farmers' market. He has a booth, Dillwood Farms, there every Saturday. "That's how I got to know him, and he knew I was running for mayor, and he just gave me a contribution," she said.

Enuff Govt Already October 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Politics as usual. Nothing new, we've cloned a copy of every other government. I wonder what it would of been like if the creaters of Brookhaven had drawn their city limits line at the sidewalk of Peachtree? With the PCID and low crime and big parks I bet that version of Brookhaven would of developed a mystic similar to Avondale Estates.
HamBurger October 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Well, it will be interesting to see campaign reports for Start Brookhaven Right, Inc. started by Shannon Cameron and Christopher Elsevier. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Eddie E. October 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM
You mean the 'campaign' that is headquartered in John's Creek? Wouldn't you think they would at least wait a year before beginning the 'milton county' campaign?
Sandy Pay Your Fines October 24, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Why still no comments from y'all about Sandy's ethics fines? Where is the moral outrage?
HamBurger October 24, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Mr. Eddie, could be. Or, it could be a fund set up to mount a heavy campaign for J. Max & Company the last week before the vote. Regarding Milton County, I was talking to someone that evidently has an association with JD recently. She told me that police and fire as well as other services will be more affordable for all of the new cities in a county and there is a movement to recreate the county of Milton. I said if this new county movement does get off the ground Milton will go no further south than the river. Laughing heartily, this individual told me that Milton County will include Dunwoody and Brookhaven going all the way down to I-85. Think about it. Michael Bodker has publically stated his dislike for DeKalb County during his attendance at several Brookhaven Yes meetings when they were selling their new city. With Brookhaven complete, now is the time for Rep. Mike Jacobs & Company to start selling folks on the recreation and expansion of Milton County. Special hamburger and a Cheerwine?
TomMiller October 24, 2012 at 03:34 PM
MD is just plain dumb for allowing what should have been a cakewalk for the post of Mayor get sullied by $3K worth of contributions. Why do it? So his choice- keep the $$ and get slammed, or return the $$ and STILL get slammed for accepting it. Only talking point for Sandy NO NO Murray is this one, right?
Roger That October 24, 2012 at 07:51 PM
The rapid succession of such a large tax base has DealKalb wetting their pants. They now talk of incorporation, closing the north precinct, redevelopment, blah, blah. It's fun to watch 'em squirm. Don't be too concerned about another start up LLC. Bored house wives need work too. PS Is "Bank EO" is code for "loan shark?"
Prissy Mae Millendorf, Brookhaven Socialite October 24, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Not only is Murray, the sour dour puss, releasing a statement but she's also robo calling the hell out of all my home landlines! The gest of her call is to demand J. Max return the $3,000 of vendor campaign funding. This effort on her part will most assuredly cause a backlash against her. To this I say, "Sandy, I will do my part to ensure that you keep your election loss record at 100% failure rate. It suits you and your political, liberal shoddiness so well." Larry will certainly benefit and so will J. Max!
Eddie E. October 24, 2012 at 09:20 PM
PMS, Well, maxjr could do the right thing and return the money. Then he could apologize publicly and remind all of us what the original sales pitch for the opposed city was. Does anyone remember that sales pitch, since none of it seems to apply any more?
Erica M October 24, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I think we can all agree that each of us could pick apart something on each candidate. Viva politics. However, when you decide on a Mayoral candidate, wouldn't it be a great idea to avoid a Rubber Stamp government by voting in an opposition Councilman? Candidates that weren't in lockstep. Wouldn't this negate a lot of ethics issues and create a government of checks and balance?
Just wondering October 24, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Eddie, I am sure J. Max would apologize if he had done something wrong, but he hasn't, unfortunately for you. And if he did return the money, you would say, see I told you so, he was crooked and he admitted it. A no win situation with people like you.
Roger That October 24, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Max and Sandy have each raised around 20k. That's like, $1 for each vote! Poor Larry, though. Not even 2K. tsk tsk. Then there's that other guy... Is anyone really going to look at a war chest at this stage in the game?
Political Gadfly October 25, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Enuff Govt Already " With the PCID and low crime and big parks I bet that version of Brookhaven would of developed a mystic similar to Avondale Estates." Definition of MYSTIC : of or relating to mysteries or esoteric rites : occult The definition of mystique by the Free Online An aura of heightened value, interest, or meaning surrounding something, arising from attitudes and beliefs that impute special power or mystery to it. Enuff with using the incorrect word ! As far as I'm concerned Avondale Estates has no mystique about it. I just want Brookhaven to be a community of neighbors working together for the betterment of our new city.
Political Gadfly October 25, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Sandy Murray's email titled "Now we know." delivered to me: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 1:00 PM "J. Max Davis has taken thousands, possibly tens of thousands of dollars, from lobbyists and potential vendors looking to profit from the taxpayers of Brookhaven. Yesterday, I called on J. Max to return all contributions to his campaign from potential vendors and lobbyists including JAT and Comdex Consulting and contributions received from executives at Grice & Associates and Lowe Engineering." According to the most recent campaign contribution report, Davis accepted more than $3,000 from vendors who have done business with other cities in the past. The Brookhaven Reporter reports that number to be approximately $3,200. Yes folks $ 3,200 dollars, not the tens of thousands that Ms. Obstructionist claims. Seems like someone with a failing campaign is throwing more stuff against the wall to see if any will stick.
Greg Trinkle October 26, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Take the smell test. Ask individuals who do not live in Brookhaven if accepting contributions from Vendors that will be bidding on city contracts is ethical. Unofficial from my work, I have 8 that say it is crooked and 1 that says it is fine. Caveat, the one that says it is fine goes by the nickname "The Bribe."
Booyah October 26, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I call on Sandy Murray to retract our libelous statement about Mr Davis. In a published article Ms Murray states "taken thousands, possibly tens of thousands of dollars" which is impossible if he only raised $23,000+. There were four contributions of $500 each to his campaign from companies which might qualify as vendors. Ms Murray's statement go beyond exaggeration to being misleading and false. Sandy Murray has brought this campaign to a new low and is an embarrassment to our community. The 'NO' crowd, Murray, Eyre, Imlay, Benton, Cobb in cahoots with Burrell Ellis and the DeKalb Democratic party should be embarrassed.
Political Gadfly October 26, 2012 at 06:25 PM
A Resident Preach it brother or sister ! I'll give you a big AMEN for your "I call on Sandy Murray to retract....," post above.
Eddie E. October 26, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Greg, Good point. Did 'reality' somehow reset when the Broke-haven referendum squeaked by? This whole election thingy isn't new and before Citizens United legalized crime, such behavior was always frowned upon (and usually ensured one did not attain elective office just out of shame). The old rules served us well.
Eddie E. October 26, 2012 at 06:33 PM
For what?
Political Gadfly October 26, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Caveat, the one that says it is fine goes by the nickname "The Bribe." Caveat the one that goes by the initials, Greg Trinkle, has a nickname as well, "Wolf Hunter." This type of person sees a wolf behind every tree and bush and screams wolf many times daily since he's a conspiracy theorist. Greg, I hate to tell you that wolf hunting in Georgia is illegal since there is no open season on wolves in the Peach State. I main reason there is no open season on wolves is because there are NO wolves in Georgia. Sure your cousin Festus thinks he saw a wolf run through the drive thru at McDonald's in Elijay but he had tailgated at a Dawgs game all day, so he wasn't thinking clearly. Adieu.
Political Gadfly October 26, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Typo Alert :-( I is incorrect. The main reason that there is no open season..........
Roger That October 26, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Uh-oh. That means the cougar that ran across the dirt road above Helen was real just a house cat. Fortunately, I had a witness. That's not always the case when money passes hands.
Booyah October 26, 2012 at 07:27 PM
If Sandy Murray and her supporters have a shred of decency, they will retract the accusation that Mr Davis has "taken thousands or possibly tens of thousands". His disclosure report shows four contributions of $500 each from companies that might be considered potential vendors. Ms Murray's statement is pure fabrication meant to mislead the community. Further, her allegation that Calvin, Giordano's donation to Brookhaven YES benefits only Mr Davis is also garbage. Ms Murray would still be chasing windmills in a race against Rep Jacobs if the referendum had not succeeded. Maybe it's Ms Murray that is benefiting from contributions from the Imays, Bentons, Cobb, and Eyre. And let's not forget Laurenthia Mesh and Tom Cousins who fought against our new city. The entire NO crew is lining up.
SayWhat? October 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Dear John, I mean Dan, I’m sorry. It’s not you, it’s me…. There is more to this than just accepting contributions from potential vendors. The real concern should be that at the Ashford Park Elementary forum, a local developer asked if the City of Brookhaven was going to be “pay to play.” In any venue, it would surely be considered a “soft ball,” with an obvious right answer. All of the candidates answered the question the same way – “No.” JMax went a little further in his answer, emphatically saying that there would be no pay to play in his administration. At the next forum, at Oglethorpe University where the acceptance of contributions from those that might be hired was announced, JMax said that these contributions would have no influence on any decisions that he made about who was hired; and, that if there was a problem, there was an ethics process that could be used to lodge a complaint. Well, ok, but does that mean that one of the first things to do is set up the city ethics committee? I would hope not. I don’t think that the “no influence on decisions” comment will ring true with Dan, and he is the person to whom something is owed. Personally, I think Dan knew which way this was going to go all along, and is not surprised by the turn of events. Dan knows how things work – it is why he asked the question. (continued)
SayWhat? October 27, 2012 at 12:47 AM
(continued) What is interesting to many of us, me included, is how accepting money from those who may be hired is considered ok by politicians. Politicians just have a different view of the world and a different view of the merit of their own actions within it – it is not a view I share. Ok, it takes money to win. I just wish our city was not starting this way, but wishing does not count for much.
Political Gadfly October 27, 2012 at 12:52 AM
The Brookhaven Patch has more than it's fair share of knight-errants, who like Don Quixote can't resist tilting at windmills.

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