A new political organization has raised more than $20,000 and already spent thousands in Macon-Bibb Countys first election.
Macon/Bibb 20/20 Inc. raised $22,000 by Aug. 5, less than a month after the political organization had been incorporated.
The CEO and spokesman, forester Blake Sullivan, said the group is working for a new, better government that can bring more economic opportunities and narrow a racial divide.
It starts with good government, and thats really the people who can work with the community but also the people who can lead the community, Sullivan said.
He said the new, independent political committee will work on get-out-the-vote campaigns. Such committees cannot coordinate with any candidates or campaigns, but Sullivan said his group could work to get the vote out in areas with better candidates, whom he declined to name.
Were working for people that want good government, he said.
One flier from Macon/Bibb 20/20 Inc. was sent to District 1, where political veteran Gary Bechtel is running against veteran Harold J. Young. That flier is pushing people to vote in the Sept. 17 election, calling it a one-time, unique chance to create a positive future for our community and for our families. Its time to elect leaders in our new government who will work together for the good of the entire community.
Sullivan said the new group is itself independent of Move Macon Forward, which spent more than $30,000 on get-out-the-vote efforts just before Robert Reichert narrowly won a runoff election against C. Jack Ellis to become Macon mayor. Both men are among six on the ballot to become mayor of the new Macon-Bibb County government.
Move Macon Forward appears to be largely dormant, filings with the states ethics agency show.
The same state ethics agency shows Macon/Bibb 20/20 Inc. got at least $1,000 from each of its donors in July. They included All-State Electrical Contractors LLC, ASP Franchising Inc., banker R.F. Hatcher, attorney Robert Norman, Santee Partners LP, Sullivans Standing Tree LLC, Tamglow Family LLLP, and contractor David Thompson.
Sullivan declined to discuss the membership of his organization or how much money he expected it would spend on the election.
He said he hoped the organization would continue after the new government was selected, but that hasnt been determined yet.
To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.