Parker spent $12,1712 on mayor’s race


By Mary Katherine Murphy - [email protected]



LAURINBURG — Finalized this week by the Scotland County Board of Elections, Tommy Parker’s campaign finance report shows that the campaign to reelect Laurinburg’s former mayor spent a total of $12,171 last year.

Parker was defeated in November’s municipal election by cardiologist Matthew Block, who won 60 percent of the vote. The Block campaign’s report, detailed in the Feb. 8 edition of The Laurinburg Exchange, reflected a total of $60,075 — all of which was contributed by Block himself.

According to the report, Parker’s campaign collected a total of $4,425 from individuals. Included in that number are 31 donations from Laurinburg residents ranging from $75 to $300 and 12 donations of $50 or less from unnamed contributors.

Parker himself contributed $7,646 to the campaign.

Payments to poll workers were the largest single expense of Parker’s campaign, with payments ranging from $100 to $900 to seven individuals totaling $4,400.

The campaign’s expenditures also included a $2,780 payment to Targeted Entertainment in Raleigh and $1,271 to Meda Corporation in Asheville.

On local advertising, Parker’s campaign spent $1,427 on newspaper ads and $546 on radio spots.

The campaign also spent $630 at East Coast Signs, $563 at Benton Card Company in Benson, and $263 at Quick Copy for promotional materials.

Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-506-3169.

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By Mary Katherine Murphy

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