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McCallum names Dodsworth campaign mgr; Strong 4th Qtr. fundraising reported in 1st Congressional race

By Lou Phelps, Brunswick Business Journal

Feb. 3, 2014 – The recently released financial reports for the 4th Qtr. Of 2013 for all candidates in Georgia show that candidate John McCallum of St. Simons Island, GA. – who didn’t enter the race for the 1st Congressional district officially until November - raised far more money in the quarter than any of the other five Republican candidates in the primary race for the seat being vacated by Congressman Jack Kingston.

The former investment banker, and now private fund manager - and former Newt Gingrich aide in Washington - “proved his fundraising prowess by raking in more than $350,000 in his first quarter as a congressional candidate,” according to his campaign. 

“McCallum's haul was not only the largest in Georgia's 1st Congressional District, but it also topped every Republican candidate for U.S. House in the entire state of Georgia,” his campaign team wrote in an email to supporters that was recently sent out.

John McCallum reported $363,658.67 in contributions (including a $100,000 loan) in the last quarter of 2013.

Sen. Buddy Carter who reported $168,072.03 in campaign contributions in the 4th Qtr., has raised $ 558,219 from 4/1/13 to 12/31/13, and ended December $416,684.05 cash on hand. However, that figure includes $150,000 in personal loans Carter has made to the campaign in those nine months - $200,000 in total loans so far.

In the April through December period, Carter reports more than 700 contributors gave $296,487 in cash or services.  He also raised $61,000 from PAC's and other political committees including a number of Georgia state senators.

In the 4th Qtr, McCallum raised $263,580 from individuals in cash and services and reports no loans from committees or PACs.

Last week, McCallum finally named a campaign manager, Rachel Dodsworth - a Savannah native - calling her a “seasoned political operative,” in the campaign press release.

“Rachel has the experience, character, and drive necessary to manage my campaign for Congress,” said John McCallum.  “She understands the District and knows what we must do in the coming months to secure victory on Election Day.  I am confident that Rachel is the right fit and we are excited to have her on the team,” the political website quotes McCallum as saying in the announcement.

A native of Savannah, “Dodsworth is a predominant force in the political world and is an experienced new media strategist. She served as Digital Communications Specialist for Scott McInnis and Ken Buck in the 2010 Colorado governors’ primary campaign and general election senate campaign, respectively.  In 2012, she assisted Eddie DeLoach for Chatham County Chairman and served on the Florida Get Out the Vote team for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign. Rachel has also worked in Washington D.C. as a digital media political consultant for many influential conservative groups,” according to the statement by the campaign.

Dodsworth graduated from the University of Denver, and earned a Masters of Professional Studies in Organizational and Professional Communication with a specialty in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver. She wrote her Master’s thesis on “Developing a New Media Communications Strategy to Increase Political Participation,” according to McCallum’s website.  

“While there is a crowded field of Republican candidates vying to replace Congressman Jack Kingston, who is in a hotly contested race for the United States Senate, the latest campaign finance reports indicate a two-man battle between McCallum and Carter to represent Coastal Georgia in the United States House of Representatives,” the campaign told supporters this week.

 “With a strong fundraising network and a growing number of grassroots activists joining the campaign, John McCallum will have the resources needed to spread his message of bold, common sense, conservatism across Georgia's 1st Congressional District,” the campaign states, adding that he has momentum and is peaking at the right time, though acknowledging Carter’s “war chest.”

Carter's campaign manager is Lee Hughes of Savannah, partner in Hughes Public Affairs. Carter's campaign states that his 4th Qtr fundraising shows "consistency," calling it "another solid fundraising quarter.

Carter also has $31,416 in his "Friends of Buddy Carter for Senate" fund as of a report filed 2/1/14.




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