Tax proponents raise more than $62,000

The campaign committee Yes for Public Safety that's promoting Columbus' proposed 1 percent Local Option Sales Tax has reported more than $62,000 in contributions.

The money came from almost 50 donors; nine gave the maximum of $5,000 each.

The information's in the group's campaign contribution disclosure form filed Monday with the State Ethics Commission.

The money is funding an extensive media campaign running up to the July 15 election. To date, the group has spent more than $41,000 and still has more than $21,000 on hand.

The largest single expenditure was $23,100 with WTVM, the local ABC affiliate. There was a $6,000 expenditure with OnMedia for a cable television advertising buy. The campaign also spent $4,900 with CBS Outdoors for billboards.

The bulk of the money came from nine sources. Giving $5,000 each were the Aflac Foundation, Aflac President Paul S. Amos II, retired Synovus Chairman James Blanchard, W.C Bradley Co. Chairman Steve Butler, businessman J. Kyle Spencer, St. Francis Hospital, Synovus State Fund for Effective Leadership, retired W.C. Bradley Co. Chairman W.B. Turner and Woodruff Holdings.

One committee is campaigning against the sales tax. Be Smart, Vote No L.O.S.T. was formed by Paul Olson and Bert Coker. The group opposed to the tax has not raised any money.