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Deluge of funding flows into the 14th District for 2022 Congressional race
Rep. Greene has raised an unprecedented $3.2 million in the first quarter. The leading Democrat has already raised over $500K.

An unprecedented amount of money is flowing to candidates for Northwest Georgia’s 14th District Congressional race in 2022 — a majority of which is going to current U.S. Rep. Marjorie Greene.

Greene has raised over $3 million, according to the most recent campaign finance report filed with the Federal Elections Commission. She’s raised over $5.9 million since elected in November 2020 — an unprecedented sum for a freshman lawmaker.

In the House, the only member who raised more than Greene was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who brought in $4 million.

Greene, a Republican who lives in Rome, Georgia, represents the 14th Congressional District, which is comprised of a dozen counties in Northwest Georgia, including Walker, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Polk, Whitfield and a portion of Pickens.

A vast majority of her fundraising has come from out-of-state donors.

Just over 90% of the donors giving more than $200 — the amount at which the donation must be itemized — were from outside of Georgia. Of the $650,000 in itemized donations listed on the FEC site, approximately 39% came from Texas, Florida and California.

That’s a shift from her 2020 congressional campaign, which was largely self-funded.

The fact that many of her donations came from across the country added to the period when donations spiked shows the effect of a national audience on Greene’s fundraising.

Using lax social media rules alongside inflammatory rhetoric has repeatedly brought in money to her reelection campaign.

A graphic prepared by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows large spikes in donations occurring when the national media focused on Greene.

The four largest spikes took place on Jan. 21, when Greene called for the impeachment of President Joe Biden on his inauguration; on Feb. 4, after Greene was stripped of her committee assignments; in mid-March, when her Twitter account was suspended for a short time; and in early April, when she likened the idea of vaccine passports to “Biden’s mark of the beast.”

The tactic doesn’t appear likely to change.

On Friday, April 16, when a document from hard-right House Republicans discussing forming an America First Caucus surfaced, Greene’s name was one of the first lawmakers mentioned.

The goals of the proposed caucus championed “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and warned that mass immigration was putting the “unique identity” of the U.S. at risk, according to The Associated Press.

The wording of the document was very reminiscent of racist and xenophobic wording from extremist groups.

Greene characterized the information as an attack aimed in the same week that her father died.

“On Thursday (April 15), I buried my father and held my mother’s hand as we said goodbye,” read a post on her Twitter account. “On Friday (April 16), sick and evil POS in the media attacked me with phrases I never said or wrote. They released a staff level draft proposal from an outside group that I hadn’t read.”

However, despite criticisms from her own party leadership, she defended what appeared to be the idea of the caucus.

“The scum and liars in the media are calling me a racist by taking something out of context. I believe in America First with all my heart and that means every American, of every race, creed and color...” the Twitter post reads. “There are tens of millions of Americans who agree...I have plans to drive President Trump’s America First agenda with my Congressional colleagues but we won’t let the media or anyone else push the narrative. America First policies will save this country for all of us, our children and ultimately the world.”

Several other Twitter posts to Greene’s page continued in that same fashion over the weekend of April 16-18.

Money flowing to Democratic contendersAnother point of interest is the money going to her Democratic challengers.

Marcus Flowers, a Bremen veteran, has raised nearly half a million dollars since announcing his campaign earlier this year. Flowers has also found support from within the party, garnering an endorsement by former U.S. Senator Max Cleland during the week of April 11-17.

Holly McCormack, of Paulding County, has raised over $84,000 and even the short-lived campaign of Brittany Trambauer-Smith raised over $30,000 before she dropped out. Another Dallas Democrat, Lateefah Conner, has raised over $20,000.

The last Democratic Party candidate to run in the race, Kevin Van Ausdal, raised upwards of $150,000 — the vast majority of which came in after online statements from Greene concerning QAnon and other conspiracy theories were exposed. The number of out-of-state contributions also picked up dramatically at that time.

At this point no competitors from the Republican Party side have announced they will challenge Greene in the primary.

LaFayette celebrates Earth Day, hosts movie night

The “Love LaFayette” Earth Day Cleanup was a huge success and was followed up by a well-received Hometown Drive-Up Movie Night with the 1980s classic film Footloose, according to a city of LaFayette news release.

Around 80 participants arrived Saturday, April 17, morning at Ross Abney Complex in LaFayette to take part in the “Love LaFayette” Earth Day Cleanup, where all four wards were traveled and cleaned.

After three hours of labor, the workers were treated with lunch provided by the LaFayette Golf Course.

Drive-in movie night

The Hometown Drive-Up Movie Night event was sponsored by the LaFayette High School (LHS) Junior Council, LaFayette GICH (Georgia Initiative for Community Housing) Team and city of LaFayette and was held at the old baseball field across from the Ross Abney Complex on First Street in LaFayette.

The LHS Junior Council chose the 1980’s classic film “Footloose” as the feature.

There were 60 total vehicles and grass-seated individuals attending the event and the feedback online proved the event to be a success with anticipation for Hometown Movie Night to be a recurring event.

The next project the LHS Junior Council has planned, in coordination with the city, is a concert May 15 downtown on the Square.

Sponsorships available for Jimmy Simpson Foundation’s inaugural golf tournament

The Jimmy Simpson Foundation’s Inaugural Golf Tournament supporting the Foundations of the Future program, a capital campaign to build a new Safehaven facility that will allow the residence for individuals with brain injuries to continue to grow, is scheduled Monday, May 24, at the Lookout Mountain Golf Club.

Sponsorship opportunities range from Ring of Honor Sponsors for $100 to Event Sponsors for $2,500.

“There are multiple sponsorship options so that everyone interested has an opportunity,” said Vickie Hodge, CEO of the Jimmy Simpson Foundation. “No matter which sponsorship option an organization chooses, they will be making a huge difference in the Chattanooga/North Georgia region’s capacity for providing long-term care for brain-injured adults and their families.”

Participation for this year’s event is limited to 90 golfers, but there are still spots available for teams to sign up for $500.

An added bonus for golfers is that they will be able to have the opportunity to win a new car from Jackson Chevrolet Buick GMC if they make a hole-in-one.

All proceeds from the tournament will go toward the construction of Safehaven’s 32,000-square-foot expansion, which will house 18 private residence rooms, a chapel, a screened-in porch, a two-story activity room and a centralized nurse’s station.

“This new facility will allow us to provide our residents with new opportunities that our current space cannot due to its small size,” Hodge added. “Having 18 private rooms is something we have dreamed about for a long time, and knowing this is a possibility that is beginning to come to life brings us so much joy.”

Online event registration can be found by visiting www.safehavenjsf.org/golf-tournament-2021.

For additional information, contact Patsy Nickle at 423-544-4894 or pnickle@safehavenjsf.org or contact Tina Lovern at 706-438-8662 or tlovern@safehavenjsf.org.

LaFayette-Walker County Public Library Story Walk dedication set for May 1

The Friends of the LaFayette-Walker County Library invite the public to the Story Walk dedication on Saturday, May 1, at noon at the entrance to the Nature Trail at the LaFayette Recreation Center.

The Story Walk is an interactive reading experience designed for parents, children, and community members to enjoy. Each month, a different book will be featured on the Story Walk.

“The library is dedicated to reaching readers all over the city and the county,” Library Manager Tim York said. “This is just another way to get people reading.”

Thanks to the city of LaFayette, LaFayette Recreation Center, LaFayette High School, Friends of the Library and community sponsors, the Story Walk will be enjoyed for years to come.

“This is a collaborative effort to bring the love of reading to our community,” Friends of the Library president Rachel Oesch Willeford said. “It is thanks to our generous sponsors and community partners that the Story Walk is available to everyone.”

Sponsorship of monthly books is still available.

For more information about the Story Walk, contact Rachel Oesch Willeford at 706-200-8099 or racheloeschwilleford@gmail.com.