Jeff Atwater’s campaign spending shows he’s taking no chances

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After a slow few months of expenditures, Republican Jeff Atwater’s re-election campaign for state Chief Financial Officer has upped its spending during the final weeks of the General Election.

From Oct. 4-10, Atwater’s campaign spent $776,988, after a spending spree of $1,005,415 the previous week, according to new finance reports. Most of the money went to advertising-related expenses as Atwater faces Democrat William Rankin.

Atwater raised a total of $2,965,534 through Oct. 10, spending $1,971,941.

Rankin, receiving little support from the state Democratic Party, raised only $17,630 in total.

Another Cabinet race, this one with Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who raised $33,009 in his campaign account from Oct. 4-10, for a total of $2,837,558. The Republican spent $132,176 in the weeklong period, spending $2,065,021 overall. Putnam’s Democratic opponent, Thad Hamilton, raised a total of $22,028.

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