One Columbia mayor candidate already posts big fundraising haul months before filing

Columbia’s mayoral candidates each have filed their initial campaign fundraising disclosures with the state, and one of the hopefuls has quickly thrown a bolt of lightning into the campaign cash race.

Sam Johnson, a former top aide to Mayor Steve Benjamin and a consultant with NP Strategy public relations firm, reported receiving $13,646 in campaign donations in his first campaign disclosure in the race, according to records from the South Carolina Ethics Commission. Johnson’s first report showed more than 50 individual donations…

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