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    Alphabet soup: A guide to special interests in Georgia

     

    This is the first of many guides to Georgia politics that we plan to roll out, but we need your financial support to continue this work. If you believe that disseminating this information is important, please consider using the Donate button on this page to keep this project going. Sponsorships are also available.

    By JIM WALLS

    Sept. 12, 2012 — Unraveling campaign finance and lobbyist spending reports can be difficult if you don’t know the lingo.

    Trade associations frequently create political action committees (PACs) with names that mask, intentionally or not, the special interests behind them. The Committee for Responsible Health Care Policy, for instance, represents the Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists.

    Others are known only by obscure acronyms when politicians disclose donations from them. Some — such as the Georgia Highway Contractors Association and the Georgia Healthcare Association — use the same acronym.

    So, as The Transparency Project continues to shine a light on special interests’ influence on public policy in Georgia, we’ve compiled this quick guide to who’s who among the PACs (and some donors that are registered as independent committees or not at all). This is a work in progress; we will continue to add information as we can to show who their lobbyists are, which politicians they favor, and what bills or contracts most interest them. Your contributions, corrections and comments are welcome.

    Acronym or Nickname/Full name/Special interest/Lobbyist(s)

    ABATE of Georgia / American Bikers Active Toward Education / motorcyclists / Linda Allen (2008-11)

    ACEC / American Council of Engineering Companies / Michael Sullivan

    AIA-SEINSPAC / American Insurance Association / Robert Potter, Ronald Jackson

    ALAG-PAC / Assisted Living Association of Georgia / Stephen Neff

    ALFA / Assisted Living Federation of America, now known as the Georgia Senior Living Association / Callie Michael

    ALLPAC / Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals / Brian Hudson, Timothy Kibler, Monty Veazey, John Parker Julie Windom (also sometimes used to refer to Allstate Insurance Co.’s PAC)

    ASC (formerly known as SURGPAC) / Georgia Society of Ambulatory Surgical Centers / outpatient surgery / Lasa Joiner, Travis Lindley

    Aycox & Aycox Clayton Inc., Rod Aycox (associated with Select Management Resources, below) / title pawn lenders / Chandler Haydon, Owen Graham Thompson, Raymon White

    BEVPAC / Georgia Beverage Association / Kevin Perry

    Blue PAC / BlueCross BlueShield / Mark Middleton, Bruce Bowers, Lewis Massey, John Watson, Amy Odum, Caroline Womack, Hunter Towns, Nicholas Dejong, Rusty Sewell, Mary Margaret Woodroof

    BOMA / Building Owners & Managers Association of Atlanta / Brandy Mitcham, Bryan Fiveash, Haydon Stanley

    BPAC, Builders PAC / Home Builders Association of Georgia

    CAA / Conditioned Air Association / Bruce Widener

    CARD of Georgia / Committee of Automobile Retail Dealers of Georgia (political action committee of the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association) / William Morie, Rebecca Greener, John Bozeman, Skin Edge, Trip Martin, Boyd Pettit

    CBA / Community Bankers Association of Georgia

    CCA / Corrections Corporation of America / private prisons / Pete Robinson, Ragen Marsh, Robb Willis, John Clayton, Allan Hayes, Jerry Lankford, Brad Regens

    CCAE4KIDS / Cobb County Association of Educators

    CCE / Coca-Cola Enterprises / bottlers

    Centene Management / parent company of the Peach State Health Plan, which contracts to run Medicaid and other state-funded benefits programs / Ray Williams, Wendi Clifton

    Citizens and Taxpayers PAC / Post, Buckley, Schub and Jernigan Inc. (PBS&J)

    Citizens for Transportation Mobility / Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

    Civil Justice PAC / Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

    ClerkPAC / Superior Court Clerks of Georgia

    Committee for Affordable Workplace Housing / see GAHC

    Committee for Responsible Health Care Policy  / see GSA

    Community Bank Employees for Better Government / Community Bankers Association of Georgia

    Consumer Credit People for Responsible Government / see GILA

    CSA / Construction Suppliers Association

    CTAG / Cable Television Association of Georgia / Shawn Davis, Rusty Sewell

    CUPAC / Georgia Credit Union League

    CWA / Communications Workers of America / Eric Richardson, Rita Ann Scott, Anthony Tilley

    DOCPAC / The Doctors Co. / malpractice insurance

    DRIVE / Democrats, Republicans, Independent Voter Education / Teamsters Union

    Employee Non-Partisan Committee for Better Government / Coca-Cola Enterprises

    ForestPAC / Georgia Forestry Association

    ForPAC, Forestar Committee for Responsible Government / Forestar Group Inc. (real estate and timber)

    Free and Strong America PAC / former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney

    Freedom First PAC / former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty

    The Fund for Georgia’s Future / see J.L. Morgan Co. Inc.

    GACCP / Georgia Association of Community Care Providers

    GACS / Georgia Association of Convenience Stores / Jim Tudor

    GACTE / Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education / Matthew Gambill

    GADA / Georgia Automobile Dealers Association / William F. Morie, John Bozeman, Skin Edge, Trip Martin, Boyd Pettit

    GAE / Georgia Association of Educators / Tracey-Ann Nelson, Calvine Rollins

    GAHC / Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition (aka Committee for Affordable Workplace Housing) / tax credits for construction of low-income housing / Jet Toney

    GAHU  / Georgia Association of Health Underwriters / Don Bolia, Laura Norton, Joseph Young

    GAMFT / Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy / Aubrey Villines

    GAMOA / Georgia Amusement and Music Operators Association / Les Schneider, Robb Willis, Samantha Hill, Sheila Humberstone

    GAMPAC / Medical Association of Georgia

    GAMPAC, located at 50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 985, Atlanta / acronym for the newly renamed (in 2011) Georgia Association of Manufacturers, which was formerly known as the Georgia Traditional Manufacturers Association, and before that as the Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association, both known as TIPAC for short

    GANA / Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists / Monty Veazey

    GAP ACT / Georgia Association of Psychologists

    GAPB / Georgia Association of Professional Bondsmen / Beverly Iseghohi

    GAPCIC / Georgia Association of Property & Casualty Insurance Companies / Emily Bagwell

    GAPPS / Georgia Association of Professional Process Servers / Rusty Sewell

    GAQPHE / Georgia Association for Quality For-Profit Higher Education

    GARDE / Georgia Association for Risk Reduction and Defensive Driver Education / Barry Schrenk

    GARPAC / Georgia Association of Realtors / Keith Hatcher, John Barbour, Mary Ann Langford, Jennifer Lundy, Mark Middleton

    GATA / Georgia Athletic Trainers Association / John Bozeman, Skin Edge, Trip Martin, Boyd Pettit

    GAUD-Pac / Georgia Academy of Audiology / Stanley Jones, Helen Sloat

    GBAGC / Associated General Contractors of Georgia / Mike Dunham, Mark Woodall

    GCAE / Gwinnett County Association of Educators

    GCAPP / Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention / Mary Frances Williams

    GCUA / Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, support group for the Georgia Credit Union League

    GCV / Georgia Conservation Voters

    GDA / Georgia Drilling Association, aka Georgia Association of Groundwater Professionals (previously known as the Georgia Well Drillers Association), based at P.O. Box 1928, Duluth, GA 30096 / not to be confused with the Georgia Dental Association (which does a different kind of drilling) / Bruce Widener

    GDA / occasionally used to represent the Georgia Dental Association, based at 7000 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA, 30328 / not to be confused with the Georgia Drilling Association / Martha Phillips, Francis Capaldo, Jessica Dubois, Nelda Greene, Fatimot Lapido, Courtney Layfield, Stephanie Lotti, Melana McClatchey

    Georgia Association of Manufacturers, which was formerly known as the Georgia Traditional Manufacturers Association, and before that as the Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association, both known as TIPAC for short / George Bowen, Charles Jones

    Georgia Better Government Fund / Georgia Apartment Association / Bryan Fiveash, Derek Norton, Penelope Joy Round, Haydon Stanley

    Georgia Communities for Growth (previously known as Friends of Arts and Culture) / public support for the arts

    Georgia Crown Distributing Co. (CEO is Donald M. Leebern Jr., member of the state Board of Regents) / liquor distributors

    Georgia Fund for Healthcare Leadership / Georgia Association of HMOs / Owen Thompson

    GeorgiaLink Public Affairs Group (Skin Edge, Trip Martin, Boyd Pettit, John Bozeman et al) / lobbying firm

    Georgia Medical Eye PAC / Georgia Society of Ophthalmology / Lasa Joiner, Hugh McNatt, Travis Lindley

    Georgia Ortho PAC / Georgia Orthopaedic Association / Don Bolia, Laura Norton

    Georgia Retail Spirits Council/ Georgia Alcohol Dealers Association / Stony McGill

    Georgia Transportation Alliance / Georgia Chamber of Commerce

    Georgia360 LLC / lobbying firm

    Georgia Wholesalers for Better Government / Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association / Chet Bryant, Bryan Fiveash, Haydon Stanley, Kathleen Bennett

    GFIA / Georgia Food Industry Association / Kathy Kuzava

    GHCA / Georgia Health Care Association (formerly known as the Georgia Nursing Home Association), based at 160 Country Club Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281 / nursing homes

    GHCA-GAPA PAC / Georgia Highway Contractors Association & Georgia Asphalt & Paving Association, based at 2160 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, GA 30097

    GIADA / Georgia Independent Automotive Dealers Association

    GILA PAC / Georgia Industrial Loan Association (aka Consumer Credit People for Responsible Government) / Monty Veazey

    GLA / Georgia Limousine Association

    GMA / Georgia Municipal Association

    GMPAC / General Motors

    GNHA / Georgia Nursing Home Association (now known as the Georgia Health Care Association)

    GPF / Georgia Poultry Federation

    GPhA (formerly known as Pharm PAC) / Georgia Pharmacy Association

    GPhS / Georgia Pharmaceutical Services Inc. / Academy of Independent Pharmacy, affiliated with the Georgia Pharmacy Association

    GRA / Georgia Retail Association

    GRADPAC / Georgia Radiological Society

    GSA Committee for Responsible Health Care Policy / Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists

    GSH PAC / Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association

    GSIPP / Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

    GTLA / Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (also known once upon a time as LAW PAC)

    GUCA / Georgia Utility Contractors Association

    GYN PAC / Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society / Patricia Cota

    HCA Georgia / Hospital Corporation of America

    Host PAC / Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association

    HotelPac / Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association

    IBEW / International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

    IFAPAC / Georgia Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors

    IIA of GA / Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia

    ILA COPE / International Longshoremen’s Association

    I-PAC / Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia

    IP-PAC / International Paper Co.

    J.L. Morgan Co. Inc. / lobbyist Jay Morgan, former executive director of the Georgia Republican Party

    JM Family Enterprises Inc. / automobile dealer, distribution and financing

    Leebern, Donald M., Jr., CEO of Georgia Crown Distributing Co. and member of the state Board of Regents / liquor distributors

    MAG Mutual Insurance Co. / medical malpractice / John Bozeman, Skin Edge, Trip Martin, Boyd Pettit, Joseph Cregan, David Hayes, Andrew Owen

    MBAG Good Government Fund / Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia / Mo Thrash, John Haliburton

    MBNA / formerly Maryland Bank N.A., now owned by Bank of America

    McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP / lobbyists

    MMV Alliance Fund / former House Speaker Glenn Richardson

    NAIOP Georgians for Smart Growth / National Association of Industrial and Office Properties

    NAMIC / National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies / Elizabeth Reynolds

    NFIB-Georgia Safe Trust / National Federation of Independent Businesses / Thomas Culligan, Kyle Jackson

    NMRS / Nelson, Mullins, Riley, Scarborough, LLP / lobbying firm

    NRA / National Rifle Association / Raymon White, Daniel Carey

    OAAG / Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia / John Bozeman, Skin Edge, Trip Martin, Boyd Pettit, Conner Poe

    ODE PAC / Organization of DeKalb Educators

    PACE (Political Action for Candidate Election) / National Association of Social Workers / Wendi Clifton

    PAGE / Professional Association of Georgia Educators / Sean Devetter, Tim Callahan, Margaret Ciccarelli, Jill Hay, Allene Magill, Josh Stephens

    PAs for Healthcare Access / Georgia Association of Physician Assistants / Thomas Bauer

    PCI / Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

    Pecos Inc. / construction contractor owned by ex-Sen. Eugene “Chip” Pearson

    People PAC / Georgians with Disabilities

    Perdue PAC / former Gov. Sonny Perdue

    Pharm PAC / Georgia Pharmacy Association / Cindy Shepherd

    PhRMA / Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America / John Bozeman, Skin Edge, Trip Martin, Boyd Pettit, Samuel Dumas, Brian Feldman, Xarmen Vega, Jennifer Wilson

    PIAG PAC / Printing and Imaging Association of Georgia

    PROPAC / Professional Insurance Agents of Georgia / Jerry Duke

    Pruitt Corp. (associated with United Health Services of Georgia PAC, Toccoa, Ga., see below) / nursing homes

    Real PAC / Gov. Nathan Deal

    RSMCA / Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors of Georgia, Don Bolia, Laura Lindsey, Joseph Young

    SAMPAC / Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia / Steven Neff

    SEIU / Service Employees International Union

    Select Management Resources LLC (associated with Aycox and Aycox Clayton Inc., above) / title pawn lenders / Raymon White, Pete Robinson, Robb Willis, James McDonald, Lawrence Bell, Jerry Keen, Ragen Marsh

    SFAPAC / State Farm Insurance / Robert Potter

    Stone PAC / Georgia Crushed Stone Association

    SURGPAC (now known as ASC PAC) / Georgia Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers / Lasa Joiner, Travis Lindey

    TDAG / Tourism Development Alliance of Georgia

    TIPAC / Traditional Industry Political Action Committee (formerly the Textile Industry Political Action Committee) / Richard Royal

    Troutman Sanders LLP / lobbyists

    TSYS PAC / Total System Services Inc., formerly majority-owned by Synovus Bank / financial services / Pete Robinson, Robb Willis, Sheila Humberstone, Ragen Marsh

    UAPRN PAC / United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia

    UFCW / United Food and Commercial Workers / Mary Lou Romaine-Waymer

    United Health Services of GA PAC, Toccoa, Ga. (associated with Pruitt Corp., above; not to be confused with United HealthCare Services of Minneapolis) / nursing homes / Chuck McMullen, Christopher Downing

    United HealthCare Services, Minneapolis, Minn. / one of two claims administrators for the State Health Benefits Plan for state workers and retirees / Ben Vinson, Abigail Vail

    USEA / United School Employees Association

    UPSPAC / United Parcel Service / John Bozeman, Skin Edge, Trip Martin, Boyd Pettit

    UTU PAC / United Transportation Union

    Vote Choice / Planned Parenthood of America / Cathy Woolard, Catherine Smith, Christina Swiridowsky

    WAL PAC / Wal-Mart / Monesia Brown, Christina Searles Tai

    WHI Inc. / Waffle House Inc.

    Wholesale Distributors for Good Government / Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia Inc. / Kelly Kirby, Fred Kitchens, Kent Honeyman

    WIN PAC / Workplace Injury Network

     

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    2 Responses to “Alphabet soup: A guide to special interests in Georgia”

    1. Chuck Forsythe says:

      Good work!
      Here is another set of Letters
      GEDA Georgia Economic Development association

    2. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS says:

      Dear Mr. Walls:

      Thank you for the work that you do – with the Alphabet Soup – I was wondering if you would be in a position to CONNECT THE DOTS with these agencies to show how they are all inter-related and how they support one another and how they are really all connected in one fashion or another.
      There are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many of these agencies that JUST KEEP BEING CREATED to MASK what IS and ISN’T going on so that the cronies of this state continue to GET RICH and STAY CORRUPT because it is TRULY A BROTHERHOOD AND SISTERHOOD for those that have NO SOUL.

      I would be very interested in knowing the who’s – how’s – and the $$$ – that is filtered into these “agencies” and the OVERSEERS of them all…

      I contacted the ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF THE COURTS for the state of Georgia – AND THE “RECEPTIONIST” REFUSED TO GIVE VERY BASIC INFORMATION – and then VERBALLY ASSAULTED ME by calling me STUPID AND DUMB – and then HUNG UP THE PHONE when I wanted to speak with someone else and she refused to let me speak to another person and SAID THAT THERE WAS NO ONE OVER HER TO SPEAK WITH… YAY!!! TEAM GEORGIA – THIS IS A PITIFUL STATE – THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY – FOR ALL OF THE FRAUD – WILLFULL NEGLIGENCE – AND – CORRUPTION – TELL US WHAT TO DO OUT HERE MR. WALLS – THERE’S ALOT SINCE THE COLUMBUS GEORGIA INCIDENT – BUT GUESS WHAT – GOVERNOR DEAL – AND HIS MEMBERS – AND ALL OF THESE AGENCIES – JUDICIAL SYSTEMS – LAW ENFORCEMENT – COMMISSIONERS – STATE REPS – JQC – ALL OF THESE BOARDS – ARE COVERING UP EVERYTHING MR WALLS EVERYTHING!!!!

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