Mark Lazarus’ campaign for Horry County Council chairman raised almost $100,000 more than challenger Al Allen’s, according to the latest campaign disclosure forms submitted to the state Ethics Commission.
The Lazarus campaign raised approximately $127,880 for the entire special election cycle, compared to the $31,645.89 Allen acquired. The second round of disclosure forms were due to the Ethics Commission on April 10, but a 5-day grace period was allowed.
Lazarus defeated Allen in the March 26 runoff election, thereby advancing to the April 30 general election. However, the Republican Lazarus faces no Democratic challengers and would appear to be the next person to lead the County Council.
For Lazarus, such a large war chest is indicative of his plan to seek a full term as Horry County Council chairman. The special election is to fill the remainder of former chairman Tom Rice’s term, which expires in 2014.
“It’s a year-and-a-half, but there’s much more to it,” Lazarus previously said. He admitted that with the coming special election he is trying to set himself up for a full term as County Council chairman.
In the first campaign report, Lazarus listed $68,000 in campaign contributions and almost $40,000 in expenditures. For the period ending April 10, he raised almost $60,000 more and spent over $81,500.
Lazarus’ two biggest expenses were $5,000 each to Pronto Press, a printing service, and Crescent Communications, a political consulting business, according to the report. Both businesses are based in Myrtle Beach.
Allen said his campaign was going to be more low-key, with a staff of volunteers.
In his first campaign report, Allen raised over $4,100 and spent just under $2,600. For the period ending April 10, donations totaled more than $27,500 while expenses came out to a little less than $29,000.
Allen spent $5,000 with Dominant Solutions, a consulting firm, his single biggest expense.