Knoxville mayoral candidate Mark Padgett was the top fundraiser for the most recent reporting period - outdistancing opponent Madeline Rogero by more than a 2-to-1 margin.
Padgett reported raising $146,865 from April 1 to June 30, according to Knox County Election Commission documents.
Overall, Padgett said he has raised $271,769.41 for this election - including contributions from the family of Gov. Bill Haslam, though not from the governor himself.
During the recent reporting period, Padgett spent $40,804.95, much of it on consulting and also on billboards, research, fundraising software, ads on websites such as Facebook and Google, and salary.
Coming in second in the amount of money raised is Rogero, former Knoxville Community Development Department director, who reported raising $63,911 during the period.
Overall, Rogero said she has raised $160,411 for the campaign. She reported a contribution from the incoming Knoxville Chamber chair as well as two top aides to Haslam when he was Knoxville mayor.
During this period, Rogero spent $37,649.
Padgett has a balance on hand of $171,468.20. Rogero has on hand $86,812.
Much of Padgett's support comes from the business community.
"Our campaign is focused on growing the economy," Padgett said. "We are getting a lot of support from the business community, but we're also getting a lot of support from neighborhoods, individuals, people in not-for-profits. We're getting support from a lot of people."
Contributors to Padgett's campaign include Jimmy Haslam, president and CEO of Pilot Flying J, who gave $1,000. His brother, Gov. Bill Haslam, defeated Rogero for mayor in 2003, then hired her to run his city Community Development Department after being elected.
Other contributors to Padgett include James Johnson, Pilot Travel Centers manager, who contributed $1,000, and Whitney Haslam, creative services manager for Pilot Travel Centers, who gave $1,000. Also, Stephen Bailey of Volunteer Lumber gave $1,400 for the primary and $600 for the general; his wife, Ann Bailey, a homemaker and Bill and Jimmy Haslam's sister, also gave $2,000.
Others contributing to Padgett's campaign include developer Tim Graham, who gave $500; Marvin Hammond, president of Hallsdale-Powell Utility District, who gave $1,000; Blalock Operations Center LLC of Seymour, which gave $1,000 for the primary and $1,000 for the general election; Mike McWherter, owner of Central Distribution in Jackson, Tenn., and unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor last year, who gave $400 for the primary and $600 for the general election; Tracy Thompson, owner of Medical Supplies Co., who gave $1,400 for the primary and $600 for the general election; H. Pat Wood of Lawler-Wood Real Estate, who gave $250; Amy Williams of Clayton Bank, who gave $1,400 for the primary and $600 for the general election; Brad Martin, director of First Horizon National Corp. of Memphis, who gave $1,000; and Shelley Rodefer, business solution specialist of WMG Companies, who gave $900 for the primary and $1,400 for the general election.
…Contributors may give $1,400 per election. The primary is Sept. 27. If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote plus one, the two top vote-getters face off in the Nov. 8 general election.
Monthly reports were due Thursday, and quarterly reports are due Monday, but most candidates filed the quarterly report early.
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