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    Real estate, contractors top TSPLOST’s $8M donor list

     

    By JIM WALLS

    (Updated July 26, 2012: The Georgia Transportation Alliance, which is promoting the transportation sales tax outside metro Atlanta, has now raised $2 million to promote the transportation sales tax. Many of the same donors backing the Untie Atlanta campaign have contributed. I’ve updated totals below for donors of $25,000 or more)

    July 24, 2012 — Advocates promoting the “Untie Atlanta” campaign for a transportation sales tax have raised more $8 million, topped by donations from real estate interests and highway contractors, newly released disclosures show.

    The money’s been used to push passage of a controversial 1-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in metro Atlanta. Voters will decide July 31 whether to approve the plan, variously described as a job-creator that will save commuters $9 billion in travel time costs or as the largest tax increase in Georgia history.

    The top five cash donors to the campaign — the National Association of Realtors, the Georgia Highway Contractors Association, heavy equipment suppliers Yancey Brothers Co. and C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. — kicked in $981,000 among them. Cox Enterprises, owners of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV, and Georgia Power Co. also donated $250,000 each.

    Citizens for Transportation Mobility, sponsors of the ubiquitous Untie Atlanta advertising campaign in print, broadcast and billboards, has been raising money for more than a year. But it held its cards closely, only disclosing its donors at 4:50 p.m. Monday in a filing with the state Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. The organization had previously released the names of some donors (but not the amounts) to news outlets.

    Atlanta Unfiltered, using a reverse-lookup technique, compiled and published a list of more than $1.2 million in donations last week.

    Monday’s disclosure shows many of Atlanta’s most prominent corporate citizens — AGL Resources, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot, SunTrust Banks — gave $100,000 or more to the advocacy group. The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce pitched in $25,000 cash and more than $61,000 in-kind for advertising, buttons, yard signs and the like.

    But the bulk of the campaign’s $5,991,000 in financial support came from utilities, real estate interests, road-builders and other vendors that stand to benefit from a binge of highway construction — not that there’s anything wrong with that. The campaign also reported in-kind contributions totaling $477,000.

    You can look over the full list of contributors here and here. For your convenience, we’ve broken out donors of $25,000 or more as follows:

    $401,000 – $500,000

    Georgia Highway Contractors Association $500,000
    National Association of Realtors $431,000

    $301,000 –  $400,000

    Georgia Power Co. $395,000
    Yancey Brothers Co. (construction equipment) $350,000

    $201-300,000

    C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. $300,000
    Clear Channel Outdoor (in-kind donation of billboards) $295,000
    Cox Enterprises $250,000
    Delta Air Lines $225,000

    $101,000 – $200,000

    Caterpillar $150,000
    Coca-Cola $187,500
    Home Depot $150,000
    Post Apartment Homes $105,000
    United Parcel Service $140,000
    Vulcan Materials Co. $161,275

    $100,000

    AGL Resources
    AT&T
    Carlyle Fraser Employee Benefit Fund
    Cousin Properties
    ICE (IntercontinentalExchange Inc.)
    Jamestown (real estate)
    Newell Rubbermaid
    RockTenn
    Siemens
    SunTrust Banks
    Turner Broadcasting

    $51,000 – $99,000

    AECOM (engineering) $60,000
    American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia $57,500
    Bank of America $52,500E.R. Snell Contractor 75,000
    Georgia Association of Realtors $67,947
    Georgia Concrete PAC $67,800
    PB Americas Inc./Parsons Brinkerhoff (engineering) $64,500
    Pittman Construction $60,000
    Rayonier $73,337
    Wells Fargo $51,000

    $50,000

    Bombardier Transportation (rail equipment)
    GE Power Systems
    Georgia Chamber of Commerce
    Georgia Construction Aggregate Association
    Holder Construction Group
    Invesco (investment management)
    Jackson Healthcare LLC
    Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
    Regions Bank
    Wolverton & Associates Inc. (engineering

    $25,001-$40,000

    Deloitte $27,5oo
    Equifax $30,000
    Georgia Concrete and Products Association $31,834
    Global Payments Inc. $40,000
    Jacobs Engineering Group $30,000
    King and Spalding LLP $30,000
    Norfolk Southern Corp. (railroad) $27,500
    Stantec Consulting Services $30,000
    Troutman Sanders LLP $30,000
    Stephens Rock and Dirt Inc. $26,000

    $25,000

    Alston & Bird LLP
    AMC Inc. (AmericasMart)
    Bank of North Georgia
    CH2M Hill Inc. (engineering)
    Cisco Systems Inc. (computer networking equipment)
    Duke Realty Services
    Enterprise Holdings Inc. (rental cars)
    First Data Corp. (electronic payment processing)
    Gables Limited Partnership (real estate)
    Georgia Apartment Association
    Georgia Crown Distributing Co.
    Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia
    KPMG LLP (accounting)
    Lehigh Hanson Materials (cement)
    Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
    National Distributing Co.
    Oxford Industries
    Piedmont Operating Partnership (real estate)
    Portman Financial Inc. (investments)
    Sunbelt Structures (road builders)
    Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
    United Distributors Inc.
    Waffle House

     

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    2 Responses to “Real estate, contractors top TSPLOST’s $8M donor list”

    1. The Georgia Green party is answering the blizzard of lies unleashed by the billionaires intent on selling us this nonsense with this video…. Top Ten Lies About T-SPLOST http://youtu.be/g1WPMivdEak

    2. Joe_Harris says:

      Voting yes is a vote for not only Atlanta’s economy but for the state of GA. It is clear that we need traffic reform and other businesses see that as well. If we do not take the stand now to improve our transportation infrastructure when will we decide to move in the forward direction? Vote yes!

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