Republican Ed Lindsey entered the new year with the largest campaign war chest in the primary contest to succeed Rep. Phil Gingrey in the eleventh congressional district, according to fundraising reports shared Friday with Tipsheet.
Buoyed by contributions from local bluechips UPS and Cbeyond, Lindsey, a state lawmaker from Buckhead, raised just under $86,000 in the fourth fundraising quarter and ended the year $186,000 cash on hand. Included in that total, an aide said, was a $25,000 loan by the candidate.
Lindsey’s year-end bank was slightly greater than the $176,000 reserved by Tricia Pridemore, the former executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development who previously lead the cash dash, but double that of former Congressman Bob Barr and more than triple the meager stockpile managed by state Sen. Barry Loudermilk.
Barr, the Republican-turned-Libertarian-turned-Republican who represented the district two decades ago, raised the most money in the last period but drained his campaign’s cash reserves with a heavy burn rate.
In the final three months of the year, Barr’s campaign raised $121,000 but had spent a whopping $132,000 in the same period.
A fourth candidate, state Sen. Barry Loudermilk, had only $54,000 on hand at the year’s end after pulling in $68,000.
[Disclosure: Georgia Tipsheet editor James Richardson was formerly an adviser to Ed Lindsey.]