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Sen. Miriam Paris
Leaders in the public sector have plenty of public resources to promote their political views, accomplishments and experience. Often the public record holds much more: personal and campaign finance disclosures, expense reports, and business, tax and court filings. Here’s what they show:
Miriam Lucas Paris (D-Macon)
District 26 (Twiggs and portions of Bibb, Houston and Wilkinson counties)
(Redrawn district also includes Hancock, Jones and Washington counties)
Paris has been assessed $500 in unpaid late filing fees by the state Campaign Finance Commission. Half of those fees, however, were for disclosures that appear to have been filed on time.
She has also left her membership on two-non profit boards — the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and NewTown Macon Inc. — off her personal financial disclosures.
Paris’ biggest financial backer has been Georgia’s WIN List, a political committee dedicated to electing Democratic women. Her second-biggest campaign donor, though, is a Republican: Rep. Allen Peake, whose restaurant businesses have donated $5,000 to her Senate campaign. Other Republican donors include Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens ($500) and CNN pundit and conservative blogger Erick Erickson ($250), who served with Paris on the Macon City Council.
- Elected 2006 to the Macon City Council, winning a five-candidate race.
- Elected 2007 to an at-large post on the Macon City Council, unseating incumbent Willette Hill-Chambliss.
- Chosen by the council to serve as its president until she resigned in 2011 to run for the Senate.
- Elected 2011 to the Senate in a special election, defeating Rep. David Lucas 56 to 44 percent in a runoff.
- Finished second to Lucas in the July 31, 2012 Democratic primary and will face him again in an Aug. 21 runoff.
- Economic Development (2011 – 2012)
- Education and Youth (2011 – 2012)
- Health and Human Services (2011 – 2012)
- Veterans, Military and Homeland Security (2011 – 2012)
- Real estate agent, Stuckey Realty.
- Owes $375 in late fees, as of April 2014, for filing two personal disclosure reports late.
- The state ethics commission’s website says she owes $250 more for failing to file two campaign finance reports at all. (Both reports, however, are available on the commission’s website and appear to have been filed on time.)
Business ownership interests
- None disclosed
- UNDISCLOSED Board of directors, Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce
- UNDISCLOSED Board of directors, NewTown Macon Inc.
- None disclosed
Real estate holdings
- Personal residence in Macon, valued for tax purposes at $42,000
Friends & family
- Javors Lucas, her father, has served as an elected member of the Macon Water Authority Board since 1982. The city named its reservoir after him.
- 2011 special election: $64,755
- 2011-12: $113,153
- 2013-14: $43,448
- $9,350 Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson & other Democratic legislators
- $8,900 Georgia’s WIN List and board secretary Lauren Logan Benedict
- $6,500 Dr. Michael Wright, oral surgeon
- $5,300 David D. and G. Scott Thompson, Piedmont Construction Group
- $5,000 C&P Seafood Co. and C&P Restaurant Co. (Rep. Allen Peake is co-owner)
- $4,800 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
- $4,500 Georgia Association of Realtors
- $4,500 Robert L. Schwartz, developer
- $3,300 R. Kirby Godsey, retired Mercer University president
- $3,250 Robert Hatcher, president/CEO, MidCounty Financial Corp.
- Paris’s campaign reimbursed herself for $1,225 in 2011 for office supplies and for an election-night victory party.
- None disclosed
Lobbyist gifts (reported value)
Lobbyists have reported spending $932 on Taylor since 2011. The American Federation for Children also reported spending $4,800 in March 2012 on advertising to influence Paris. The money, far from being a gift, paid for robocalls criticizing her stance against allowing state government to approve local charters.Lobbyist spending, broken down by year:
- 2011: $469
- 2012: $463 through July 31.
Per diem & travel expenses (committee days)
Georgia legislators may request $173 per diem for “committee days” when they are attending out-of-session meetings or otherwise handling public business. Lawmakers who live within 50 miles of the Capitol pay income tax on these payments, which were originally intended to cover food and lodging for out-of-town members.
- 2011: not available
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