LL has been bugging longshot mayoral candidate Christian Carter about filing his July 31 campaign finance disclosure. It’s only fair to note, then, that Carter turned the form into the Office of Campaign Finance yesterday.
Carter didn’t exactly rush his numbers out the door, and it’s easy to see why. Compared to the other candidates, Carter is lagging way behind in both money raised and cash on hand, even though his form claims that his campaign hasn’t spent any of that money. Carter’s campaign took in $3,601.87, which puts him more than $70,000 in funds raised behind the next mayoral candidate, Reta Lewis.
All of that money came from Carter himself, his business, or Yakita Wilkinson, who’s listed as an author for the campaign’s website. Carter didn’t respond to LL’s request for comment.
The donations from Carter’s city contracting business, New Columbia Enterprises, is especially interesting since he’s been accused of stiffing some of his company’s subcontractors. At Carter’s kick-off event in July, Susie Cambria, one of the disgruntled subcontractors, wondered out loud about how Carter paid for balloons and a deli spread. “This money to pay for this shit needed to come from somewhere,” Cambria said.
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