Foreign donors fuel Devin Pandy’s campaign
Pandy said he has had supporters out of state since he was 21 in the US military and that some people still support him after he ran against US Representative Andrew Clyde, R-Athens, for the 9th Congressional District of Georgia. Much of his fundraising efforts came from social media, his campaign website and events in Gainesville, he said.
âWhen you do that (share on social media) you have all kinds of people who want to keep supporting you,â Pandy said.
Donors include such actors as J. Smith-Cameron, a longtime New York theater actor and currently a supporting actor on “Succession,” and Rosanna Arquette, who starred in “Pulp Fiction” and “Desperately Seeking. Susan “. Pandy worked as an actor from 2017 to 2019, he said, playing background roles in projects such as the superhero movie âVenomâ and two shows, âDynastyâ and âThe Originalsâ.
“When a candidate is looking to fund a campaign, one of the first things they do is make a list of everyone they know, and I’m one of those people who never drop a phone number,” he said. said Pandy.
He said he did not personally know everyone who donated to his campaign.
Pandy also spent a significant amount of money on fundraising events, but they weren’t as lucrative as had been hoped, he said. His campaign spent a total of $ 4,959.54 on the services of 1833 Group, a fundraising consultant based in Naperville, Ill..
âWe expected better fundraising,â Pandy said. His campaign has stopped spending so much on their services in the past two months, he said. Pandy did not want to reveal how he found the 1833 group.
His opponent, Sam Couvillon, has raised $ 44,605 ââsince his campaign began in April, and $ 24,500 came from donors listed in Gainesville, according to his last deposit on October 5. The total amount includes $ 6,005 of donations under $ 100, which applicants are not required to report individually.
Couvillon said many of his former University of Georgia fraternity brothers have donated money as well as people who have known him since living in Jacksonville.
Couvillon had $ 21,878.77 in cash as of Oct. 5 and was spending most of its funds on consulting fees, promotional products, advertising and its website.
Advance voting is underway and polling day is November 2.