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Follow the $$$: Johns Creek City Council Election Campaign Contributions

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Johns Creek City Council Election is this Tuesday, November 5th, 2019!

We Follow the $$$ and Campaign Contributions for this Johns Creek City Council Election.

Developers DONATE BIG $$$

Once again there are campaign contributions that clearly link to major local developers, real estate professionals, and local special interest. The unsavory implications with these contributions serve to tear down the integrity and trust factor between informed Johns Creek residents and many of our elected city officials.

Why do Developers WANT CERTAIN Candidates Elected?

What do these Donations imply? Obviously there is some semblance of a relationship. Who gives large amounts of money?

Who will work for who? Will the Elected Official represent the residents or the developers? Whose best interests will they have when making zoning decisions? Who is the Developer’s Choice?

Curious contributions this election cycle comes from the Wife of The Providence Group (developer for the proposed High-Density next to Johns Creek High School). The Providence Group has TWO Lawsuits Filed Against the City of Johns Creek. These cases are typically remanded back to City council to reconsider for Rezoning with minor changes.

The President of Atlanta Athletic Club (undeveloped Heisman Field property), the CVB Chairwoman (gateway markers and art tunnel), and the Atlanta REALTORS® Political Action Committee have also donated.

Below is a recap for each candidate followed by the complete list of their contributions so far. All information below is as of 10/30/19.

Campaign Contributions: Kent Altom

Kent Altom’s contributions include the law firm he works for (Gilroy Law), the Chairwoman for the Johns Creek CVB, a teaching colleague at KSU, and another law firm specializing in real estate. See Altom’s complete list to-date below.

Kent Altom
First Name or
Business Name
Last Name State Amount Comments
Monica Gilroy GA $1,000.00 The Gilroy Firm, real estate related litigation, where Kent Altom works (JC CVB client)
Lynda Smith GA $500.00 Chairwoman, Johns Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)
Calloway Title and Escrow, LLC GA $500.00 Law firm specializing in real estate, commercial title insurance and examinations
Lester Tate Law Group, LLC GA $200.00
Doug Smith GA $100.00 Husband of Lynda Smith (see above)
Blake Thomas GA $100.00
8IGHT LLC GA $100.00 FL-based LLC, agent is Michelle Hanchey, a motivational speaker publicly endorsed by Mike Bodker.
Premier Family Clinic, LLC GA $251.00
Chad Nichols AL $1.00
Bob Kendrick GA $25.00
Michael Barnhouse GA $50.00
Richard Mitchell GA $200.00
Pam Altom GA $300.00
Thomas Garr GA $500.00 Teaching colleague at KSU.
$3,827.00

Campaign Contributions: Marybeth Cooper

Marybeth Cooper has 6 contributions so far. See Cooper’s complete list to-date below:

Marybeth Cooper
First Name or
Business Name
Last Name State Amount Comments
Kirk Canaday GA $200.00
Paul Pratofiorito FL $250.00
Marybeth Cooper GA $20.00
David Smithwick GA $25.00
Michael Schertell GA $250.00
Terry Strasburg GA $20.00
Christopher Cupit GA $250.00
Shellie Noisette GA $100.00
Srinivasa Nimmagadda CT $250.00
Rivermont CC GA $200.00 In-kind food and beverage
$1,565.00

Campaign Contributions: Chris Coughlin

Chris Coughlin’s largest contribution comes from former City Council candidate Thomas Radford. Since Coughlin is an incumbent, he must report all contributions since his last election. See Coughlin’s complete list to-date below:

Chris Coughlin
First Name or
Business Name
Last Name State Amount Comments
$5,316.58 Carried over from prior election
Ken Goodrow GA $100.00
Scott Jones GA $100.00
John Ferrow GA $100.00
Kevin Swindall GA $100.00
Sunil Kalva GA $50.00
Thomas Radford GA $2,000.00 Former JCCC candidate
Dan Moody GA $500.00 Former JCCC Board Member
Nancy Bivins GA $100.00
Christopher Coughlin GA $1,170.72
No contributions this filing
No contributions this filing
Christopher Coughlin GA $38.88
No contributions this filing
No contributions this filing
Mark Harrison GA $100.00
Nancy Bivins GA $100.00
Steven Kramer GA $100.00
Thomas Coughlin GA $250.00
Christine Austin GA $200.00
Christopher Coughlin GA $911.12
Michael Dudgeon GA $300.00
James Gilvin GA $100.00
Christopher Coughlin GA $293.81
$11,931.11

Campaign Contributions: Judy LeFave

Judy LeFave’s is clearly the DEVELOPER’S CHOICE. Her largest contributions include Kimberly Jolly (wife of Providence Group President Warren Jolly), the developer for rezoning cases RZ-18-006 and RZ-18-007 adjacent to JCHS. Two lawsuits filed against the City for this case. The Land Development Manager for Providence Group and Atlanta REALTORS® Political Action Committee also donated to Judy LeFave.

Other large contributors include the President of the Atlanta Athletic Club a JC Chamber of Commerce board member and the Chairwoman for the Johns Creek CVB. See LeFave’s complete list to-date below:

Judy LeFave
First Name or
Business Name
Last Name State Amount Comments
Kevin LeFave GA $1,000.00
Kimberly Acuff GA $20.00
Bruce Barfield GA $500.00 President of the Atlanta Athletic Club
Kirk Canaday GA $200.00
Andy Fang GA $500.00 Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce board member
Cynthia Henneberry MD $30.00
Scott Gandert NV $100.00
Christine DiCio GA $40.00
Frank Farley GA $20.00
Adam Thomas GA $25.00 The address specified as “withheld”
Peter LeFave GA $236.00
Marshall Hughes GA $100.00
Shellie Noisette GA $100.00
Michelle Hanchey GA $100.00 aka 8ight LLC in Altom’s contributor list. A motivational speaker publicly endorsed by Mike Bodker.
Gaddis Inc. GA $200.00 Real estate and property management
Chris Cupit GA $250.00
Chris Cupit GA $200.00 In-Kind Food and Hospitality
Lynda Smith GA $100.00 Chairwoman of the Johns Creek CVB
Thomas Black GA $500.00 Sr. Land Development Project Mgr for Providence Group

– Former Director of Public Works, Johns Creek / Ch2Mhill

Kimberly Jolly GA $1,500.00 Wife of Providence Group President Warren Jolly
Atlanta Realtors GA $500.00 Atlanta REALTORS® Political Action Committee
$6,221.00

Campaign Contributions: Adam Thomas

Adam Thomas’s contributions come from the President of the Atlanta Athletic Club, a mortgage banker, a GA State Senator from Cumming, and a Democratic strategist/consultant. See Thomas’s complete list to-date below:

Adam Thomas
First Name or
Business Name
Last Name State Amount Comments
Bruce Barfield GA $2,000.00 President of the Atlanta Athletic Club
Mark Daker GA $2,500.00 Mortgage banker
Greg Dolezal GA $2,800.00 GA State Senator (R), District 27, Cumming.
Tharon Johnson GA $1,500.00 Consultant, Paramount Consulting Group, Democrat strategist for John Lewis, Kasim Reed, and Barack Obama, REALTORS® PAC speaker, a proponent for Gwinnett MARTA.
$8,800.00

Campaign Contributions: Dilip Tunki

Dilip Tunki’s wins the prize for the most money so far. Here is his complete list to-date below:

Dilip Tunki
First Name or
Business Name
Last Name State Amount Comments
Dhanunjaya Gaddam GA $100.00
Ajit Bhat GA $100.00
Venkatesh Balaga GA $200.00
Suneel Alam CA $101.00
Hari Pothukuchi GA $205.00
Sunilsen Peramanu GA $200.00
Rakesh Subramaniam GA $200.00
Krishna Evuru GA $250.00
Sridhar Ghanta GA $100.00
Srikanth Balaga GA $200.00
Arvytech, LLC GA $250.00
Lakshman Guttikonda GA $200.00
Ravikumar Mandavilli GA $201.00
Raghunatha R Vemuru GA $400.00
Sunil Reddy GA $100.00
Shailesh Sarda GA $1,000.00
Chandhan Dutta GA $200.00
Sree Shama GA $201.00
Sunil Kalva GA $1,000.00
Sumanth Yellanki GA $500.00
Karun Asireddy GA $1,000.00
C-Vision, Inc. MI $1,000.00
Allied Informatics GA $500.00
Infectious Disease Professional GA $500.00
Ravi Kandimalia GA $500.00
Ravishankar Doejode GA $50.00
Michael Halbert GA $100.00
Shaker JC Reddy GA $100.00
Orange Belt Mart, Inc. FL $500.00
Dimitri Doncov GA $50.00
Upendra Rachupally GA $573.63 In-kind contribution for T-shirts
Srini Vangimalla GA $500.00 In-kind food and catering
Ramana Doddla GA $1,000.00
Star Regency Enterprises LLC GA $1,000.00
Srini Vangimalla GA $500.00
Astro Realty Group, LLC GA $2,000.00
Upendra Rachupally GA $450.00
$16,031.63

Campaign Contributions: Brian Weaver

Brian Weaver wins the prize for the most contributions so far. Large contributors include a major contributor to Mayor Mike Bodker and a Land Development Project Manager for Providence Group. See Weaver’s complete list to-date below:

Brian Weaver
First Name or
Business
Name
Last Name State Amount Comments
Donald Row GA $250.00
William Sheals GA $250.00
Tubbs Calvin GA $250.00
R. David Ware GA $250.00
Gaddis Inc GA $250.00 Real estate and property management
Roger Wise GA $200.00
Gerald Lewis GA $500.00
DeShawn Beaufort GA $200.00
Alfonza Hatcher GA $250.00
Clifford Davis GA $500.00
Lynn Riley GA $200.00 Georgia State Treasurer
Michael Carter GA $400.00
Michael Birdsong GA $250.00
Ira Edwards GA $100.00
David Wardwell GA $250.00
Derrick Wilson GA $1,000.00
Woodie Moss GA $250.00
Thomas Black GA $500.00 Sr. Land Development Project Manager for Providence Group
Wesley Green GA $100.00
Curtis Johnson GA $250.00
Richard Wells GA $100.00
Shawn Jones GA $250.00
Fred Jones GA $100.00
Pankaj Sharma GA $151.00
Julius Lockett GA $250.00
Christopher Green GA $100.00
Bernard Clements GA $250.00
Beryl Clark GA $100.00
Navinchandra Rao GA $150.00
Albert Alexander GA $250.00
Brad Lebovitz GA $500.00
Valerie Watts GA $50.00
Sharon Cooper GA $100.00
Richard Lee GA $50.00
Tanya Davis GA $250.00
Jimmy Marshall GA $250.00
Gregory Marshall GA $500.00
Sondra Jones GA $250.00
Kelvin Roberts GA $50.00
Sheila Rogers GA $50.00
Karen O’Hagan GA $50.00
Alfred Lewers FL $100.00
Jerry Shriver GA $300.00
Philip Smoke GA $100.00
Michael Carter GA $400.00
Eugene Ward GA $100.00
John Buckett GA $1,000.00 A major contributor to Mayor Bodker/
Charles Spann GA $100.00
Jon Moses GA $250.00
Gerald Hightower GA $100.00
Leslie Lipman GA $100.00
Carlotta Rozzi GA $50.00
Hyun McGee GA $100.00
Rhoshunda Rhodes GA $500.00
Shellie Noisette GA $100.00
Darrell Murray GA $1,000.00
Anjali Enjeti-Sydow GA $100.00
$14,401.00

Campaign Contributions: Issure Yang

Issure Yang has 6 donations, see the complete list to-date below:

Issure Yang
First Name or
Business Name
Last Name State Amount Comments
Steven Kramer GA $100.00
Tom Holda GA $100.00
Christine Austin GA $200.00
Sue Ling Wang GA $500.00 President – Color Imaging
LI-Kun Tu GA $100.00
Frank Hui GA $17.00
$1,017.00

Campaign Contributions: Erin Elwood

Erin Elwood filed an affidavit stating her intent not to exceed $2500 in campaign contributions and/or expenditures. Therefore she is exempt from contribution disclosure reporting.

Campaign Contributions: Royce Reinecke

Royce Reinecke filed an affidavit stating his intent not to exceed $2500 in campaign contributions and/or expenditures. Therefore, he is exempt from contribution disclosure reporting.

All information below is as of 10/30/19. The time window for candidates to make financial disclosures is still open. Check back for a follow-up article with more contribution information later.

Finally, the Johns Creek City Council Election is this Tuesday, November 5th, 2019!

Source: City of Johns Creek


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2 thoughts on “Follow the $$$: Johns Creek City Council Election Campaign Contributions”

  1. These campaign disclosures are a revelation of the common theme among the Bodker candidates (Altom, Lafave, Thomas and Weaver). The theme is developer $. Are any of us naive enough to think that they would not push through projects for these donors? Does anyone really think these candidates would recuse themselves from council decisions involving any of the developers, title attorneys, or other contributors/friends of the mayor? Of course not!

    Unless you want more of this cronyism and corruption, vote Reinecke, Coughlin and Yang!

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