Ben Little, a candidate in the Oct. 4 runoff election for Anniston City Council Ward 3, received a $2,000 donation from Anniston lawyer Donald Stewart in mid-September, according to campaign finance reports.
Reports filed with Calhoun County’s probate judge also show the former Anniston city councilman received $350 from individuals giving $100 or less from Sept. 5 through Sept. 17. He also received $490 in in-kind contributions listed as advertising from the Rev. Jeffery Williams and Ward 2 Councilman David Reddick.
Little also spent $748 on advertising during that same time.
A story in Wednesday’s edition of The Anniston Star mistakenly stated Little reported no contributions between Sept. 12 and Sept. 17, due to an error made in searching campaign finance reports.
Stewart also contributed $335 to Little’s campaign in August.
Stewart represented Anniston residents in a 2003 lawsuit against Monsanto for contamination associated with the production of polychlorinated biphenyls. Little in 2012 and 2013 led protests against Stewart for his handling of the settlement money.
Stewart now represents Little in a lawsuit filed in March against the city of Anniston in which Little alleges the city failed to provide him with information regarding the city’s prior ownership of a hotel now owned by state Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston.
Little is in a runoff election with Ward 3 incumbent Seyram Selase. Since the Aug. 23 election, Selase has received $1,500 from Citizens for a Better Tomorrow, according to campaign finance reports. Citizens for a Better Tomorrow is a political action committee formed in 2012 by Anniston business owner Rod Lemon.
According to campaign finance reports, Selase has also received $500 contributions from T.R. Anderson of Anniston as well as Louis and Deborah Bass of Jacksonville. Louis Bass is the chief executive of Regional Medical Center. Also included in the reports are seven contributions from individuals totalling $1,200.
Since the Aug. 23 election, Selase has spent more than $3,400 on his campaign, mostly on advertising.