When it comes to Georgia’s 11th Congressional District race, Federal Election Commission (FEC) data indicates Republican incumbent Barry Loudermilk has received nearly triple the campaign contributions received by Democratic challenger Dana Barrett — although the gap in reported campaign expenditures is considerably smaller.
The FEC indicates that Loudermilk — from Jan. 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020 — collected $442,781.96 in total campaign donations, of which $330,800 was reported as committee contributions.
Political action committees (PACs) represent some of Loudermilk’s top donors. Among the organizations donating $5,000 each to his campaign were PACs representing The Home Depot (Sept. 25, 2019), Cox Enterprises (May 8, 2019), Delta Air Lines (Dec. 26, 2019) and Ernst and Young (March 27, 2019.)
The Truist Financial Corp. Federal PAC even donated $10,000 to Loudermilk’s campaign on the same day — with one $5,000 primary election contribution and one $5,000 general election contribution sent on March 31, 2019.
Loudermilk’s committee also reported $111,981.86 in itemized individual contributions over that timeframe. Among those contributing $2,800 each to his reelection bid were James Croy of Croy Engineering (May 2, 2019), S.A. White Oil Co. President Kimberly Gresh (June 5, 2019) and General Wholesale Beer. Co. President Howard Young (March 31, 2019.)
MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service President and CEO Peter Quinones donated $1,000 to Loudermilk’s campaign on both Sept. 2, 2019, and March 11, 2020. Among the noteworthy locals making donations to Loudermilk's campaign include attorney H. Boyd Pettit, III ($500 on Sept. 3, 2019) and Phoenix Air executive Mark Thompson ($1,000 on May 2, 2019.)
Loudermilk’s committee also lists $5,022 in “offsets to operating expenditures” — i.e., airfare refunds — from Delta Airlines, Inc. on five different occasions spanning from Feb. 14, 2019, to March 23, 2020.
His committee reported $243,864.01 in total expenditures, including $6,822.45 in spending categorized as “other disbursements.” That included a $5,000 contribution to the Athens-based Stand PAC on Dec. 13, 2019, and a $1,500 contribution to the campaign of New York’s 21st Congressional District Rep. Elise Stefanik on March 5, 2020.
The Loudermilk for Congress committee reported spending $13,460 in fundraising consulting services from The Elevated Group, LLC on March 5, 2020, with a previous $5,901.58 payment reported on April 30, 2019. His committee also reported spending $10,750 on Aristotle International, Inc. software on April 3, 2019, with $5,220 in qualifying fees paid to the Georgia Republican Party on Feb. 2, 2020.
Several local businesses are also listed as the beneficiaries of Loudermilk’s campaign expenditures. His committee reports spending $1,136.89 on Arcos Ideas and Design, Inc. services on April 15, 2019; paying Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse $3,800 for event catering services on Sept. 4, 2019; and giving Noble and Main Coffee Co. $1,000 on March 23, 2020, for an event facility rental.
The committee also reports paying Cartersville resident Sara Christiana Parnell — who is Loudermilk's daughter — roughly $40,500 for field consulting services since Jan. 4, 2019. An additional $2,776.23 payment to Parnell, not categorized as a field consulting expense, was recorded on Jan. 29, 2020. A similar $420.78 payment to Parnell was reported on March 13, 2020.
As of March 31, Loudermilk’s campaign reported a cash balance on hand of $390,868.96.
District 11 consists of virtually all of Bartow County, the majority of Cherokee County and a significant portion of Cobb County running alongside Interstate 75 from Acworth to Smyrna.
The Democratic challenger to Loudermilk’s United States House of Representatives seat, former radio talk show host Barrett, reported raising $161,155.50 in campaign donations from Oct. 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020 — of which $125,827.80 stems from itemized individual contributions.
Per Barrett’s FEC reports, the majority of her campaign contributions have come via the Massachusetts-based online donor platform ActBlue. The federal filings indicate her campaign has received five donations of $2,800 — and more than two dozen donations of $1,000 — earmarked through the organization by unspecified contributors as of the end of March.
Among those also reported as donating $2,800 to the Dana Barrett for Congress, Inc. coffers are Barnwell Consulting, LLC owner Charles Barnwell (Dec. 27, 2019), Scofflaw Brewing Co. owner Matthew Shirah (Jan. 16, 2020) and Howard Widra, a Maryland-based partner at Apollo Capital Management (Jan. 24, 2020.)
Records also indicate that Barrett contributed $2,800 to her own campaign on both Oct 1., 2019, and Dec. 31, 2019, in addition to loaning almost $3,400 to her own campaign from Oct. 1, 2019, to March 18, 2020.
Barrett’s committee reported $76,562.32 in total operating expenses. Among the expenditures listed includes $30,000 in payments to Blue Chip Strategies, LLC for fundraising consultant services from Oct. 30, 2019, to March 13, 2020, and a $2,846.69 payment to ActBlue recorded on Dec. 31, 2019.
Miscellaneous ActBlue fees reported over the first three months of 2020 come out to around $2,200. The committee also reported making $5,000 in VoteBuilder payments to the Democratic Party of Georgia, with $2,500 reported on March 20 and an additional $2,500 reported on March 23.
As of March 31, Barrett’s total campaign cash on hand was listed as $84,593.18, with $3,390.78 in committee debts and loans reported.
With no other candidates qualifying for the 11th District U.S. House seat, Loudermilk and Barrett, respectively, are the victors of the Republican and Democratic primaries slated for June 9 by default. The two are set to face off at the ballot box in this year’s general election on Nov. 3.