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Election filings detail Kellie Lynn Collins’s campaign, expenses

August 24, 2018

Federal campaign documents shed some light on Kellie Lynn Collins, the former Democratic congressional candidate now accused of shooting and killing an Aiken man.

Collins, 31, was arrested earlier this month and was charged with grand larceny and the murder of Curt Cain. Collins was denied bond on Aug. 14, according to jail records.

The Aiken County coroner believes Cain, 41, died Aug. 4. The coroner said Cain died from blood loss after being shot. He was found dead in his apartment by the residential manager, according to a related incident report.

Cain was Collins’s campaign treasurer, according to Federal Election Commission documents.

Collins, who requested a public defender at her bond hearing, was at one point running to represent Georgia’s 10th Congressional District.

On Jan. 21, 2017, a statement of organization was electronically submitted to the Federal Election Commission. The statement was in regards to the formation of a committee, “Kellie Lynn Collins – Running for District 10.”

Clayborn Thigpen of Thomson, Georgia was listed as the campaign manager. Cain’s address was listed as Old Powderhouse Road in Thomson, Georgia.

Cain was found dead at his home on the 3000 block Old Powderhouse Road in Aiken.

No committee website was given in the statement, but the committee’s mailing address was: 6384 Lincolnton Highway, Thomson, Georgia.

An amended statement was filed Feb. 27, 2017. This one was filled out by hand.

A committee website – a Facebook page bearing Collins’s name and the Georgia district – was listed. The page is no longer up, however.

Cain’s address remained the same, except for the city, which was changed to Aiken.

Another statement of organization was submitted March 5, 2017. Cain’s listed address had reverted to Thomson.

Between Jan. 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017, Collins’s committee raised $5,576.85. Collins was her own and only donor, according to Federal Election Commission receipts.

There are a total nine contributions detailed on the commission’s website.

On Feb. 21, 2017, Collins gave the committee $2,500. That money was later refunded, according to financial records. On Feb. 27, 2017, Collins contributed another $2,300, according to the same information.

Every contribution made lists “student” as the contributor’s – Collins’s – employer. During her bond hearing mid-August, Collins told the judge she had been a student.

Between Jan. 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017, the same timeframe as before, Collins’s committee spent $5,151.71.

In February 2017, Collins was in Athens, Georgia for a Democratic Party meeting. A $101 expense for a hotel there is listed.

A handful of campaign gas and food expenses are listed beginning March 11, 2017.

In June 2017, three payments – $300, $360 and $300 – were made to a “campaign worker,” according to Federal Election Commission data.

One day after Collins was extradited to Aiken County, the Federal Election Commission sent a letter to Cain notifying him of the commission’s intent to administratively terminate the Kellie Lynn Collins – Running for District 10 committee.

Collins remained at the Aiken County detention center as of Thursday afternoon.

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