Candidates Discuss a Campaign Spending Cap

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"We spend a lot of money on picnics and different giveaways to entice people to vote."

And Democratic candidate Harold Brantley says that type of campaigning needs to stop.

That's why he offered the cap to his Republican counterpart.

But County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon doesn't seem to agree.

"The letter was ridiculous. The premise is ridiculous and I'm really surprised to see Mister Brantley send this."

Buchanon says that there are no laws that prohibit him or any other candidate from raising as much possible to get his or her message out.

In the 2004 general election, Judge Buchanon spent $182,000 to Brantley's $72,000.

In this year's primary, Buchanon has already spent more than $20,000 on his campaign.

Brantley has only spent a little more than $2,000.

Buchanon says he respects the offer made to him, but he feels the proposal is about something else.

"Mr. Brantley's campaign is not off to as good a start as some of his other campaigns have been. He is looking for an opportunity for our campaign to give away our campaign funds and for him not to have to," retorts Buchanon.

But Brantley doesn't agree.

"People are looking for candidates and officials that are prudent with their dollars and I believe that this would reflect on who can be the best steward with you tax dollars," says Brantley.

Buchanon says in 2002 he spent over $300,000 on his campaign and will probably exceed that this year.

As of now....Buchanon has yet to agree to Brantley's proposed offer.

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