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UPDATED- Davis: I Accepted Campaign Contributions from Vendors

Mayoral candidate J. Max Davis said he has accepted campaign contributions from prospective vendors, but that won't affect future decisions.

As Brookhaven marches ahead towards cityhood, the Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven and its committees of volunteers are researching and compiling options of vendors to provide services the city will need.  Some of those potential vendors have contributed to the campaign of mayoral candidate J. Max Davis.

Davis explained that he had accepted vendor campaign contributions at the Monday mayoral forum at Oglethorpe. He was not able to tell Brookhaven Patch which vendors have contributed to his campaign.

Fellow mayoral candidate Larry Danese said he turned down offers of campaign contributions from potential vendors because doing so is “totally and completely wrong.”

“It just would not cross my mind to do it,” Danese told Patch. He said it would be “inappropriate” to accept contributions “from people that I might regulate or hire.”

Mayoral candidate Sandy Murray said she has not been approached by vendors who wanted to contribute to her campaign. She said she would not accept them if she had because "it doesn't seem it's an appropriate option... (The vendors) are looking for some benefit. I don't think they're doing it out of the goodness of their hearts."

Saying that a complete disclosure of all his campaign contributions will be available online in five days, Davis did emphasize that the “vast majority” of his contributions have come individual residents and friends, not vendors. He did not specify which vendors have contributed.

Accepting money from vendors “doesn’t affect in any shape, form or fashion” the decisions of which vendors will be selected to provide city services, Davis told Brookhaven Patch. Those decisions will be “driven by, ‘Is it good for the Brookhaven taxpayer?’”

Davis said Brookhaven’s weak mayor system will allow the mayor and city council to “stay out of the way of professional staff.”

Ultimately, the city manager will make recommendations of vendors for the city, and the city council members will cast the deciding votes to award contracts to specific vendors. The mayor can only vote in the case of a tie, according to the Brookhaven city charter.

Murray said, "It'll be interesting to see what contributions have been made" to campaigns, including any from vendors and lobbyists. "It could be, I'm not saying that there is, but it could be a pattern of corruption before the city even starts up."

Should candidates accept campaign contributions from vendors? Will the acceptance or rejection of contributions from vendors affect the way you will vote in the upcoming election? Tell us below in the comments.

Brokenhaven October 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Brookhaven meetings with Max and Jmike and obviously saw this as an opportunity to stroke his ego. He has now hitched his wagon to Jmax to the extent on having a meet and greet at the home of political lobbyist
Brokenhaven October 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I just have a hard time believing that this " government" shall operate as no other government ever has. With no corruption, no political favors, no back door dealings. Please prove me wrong.
Political Gadfly October 24, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Brokenhaven, I'm going to assume that you are a member of the same government medical program that I also belong to: Medicare, based on that I'll say that you are being disingenuous..Us old guys tend to be smarter than the average bear. Tip of the hat to Yogi Bear. "Please prove me wrong." It's kind of hard to do that since we don't have an elected government for the city of Brookhaven. For someone who is looking at our new city as something that's been crammed down your throat, we could have uptopia and you'd never admit it. :-)
Justthinking October 30, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Who still believes that this is the way our local, county, state and national government works!?
Thom Shepard October 30, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Has anyone seen any mention of this in any print newspaper? I would think it would make an interesting story when a vendor that provides millions of dollars in services to a neighbor city that turns around and gives campaign contributions to a Mayoral Candidate as well as a state legislator who has been very involved in the start-up, Tommy Taylor. Especially when Mike Jacobs and Dan Weber helped organize a private forum, under the guise of candidate education, to pump the contractors giving funds to Brookhaven Yes Inc. and some of these candidates. But then again this is Georgia, and the City of Atlanta no longer has a major newspaper. The Dunwoody Journal and Constitution I guess does not want to go after its own.

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