Now I know why I'm seeing more Peter Aman signs pop up along Atlanta's potholed streets and crumbling sidewalks.
Atlanta mayoral candidate Aman grabbed a substantial fund-raising lead for the last quarter, according to Creative Loafing. I suppose The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has laid off too many reporters to have anyone left to check the reports.
Aman broke the $500,000 barrier for the quarter ending June 30, raking in $504,000 from real estate development firms, lawyers, and corporate executives. Former Bain and Co. colleagues contributed significant amounts, CL said.
Front-runner Ceasar Mitchell raised $305,661 for the quarter, and still holds the overall lead with $1,698,086 raised to Aman's $1,656,238.
Mary Norwood, vying with Aman for the white Buckhead vote and close runner-up to Kasim Reed eight years ago, showed strength, raising $336,930 for the quarter, including $4,000 from Cox Enterprises Chief Jim Cox Kennedy. Mary was also favored by retirees, who don't like paying taxes for schools.
Early polls indicated low name recognition for Aman among Atlanta voters, but apparently the former exec and Reed problem solver is well-known among Atlanta's business class. In spring, Aman ran a few ads with the questionable theme of people mispronouncing his name as Amen, calling attention to his unknown status.
He's now putting away money for a big fall ad campaign to challenge front-runner Mitchell and pull ahead of Norwood and take a runoff spot.