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    Rep. John Meadows: Popular with PACs

     

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    John Dudley Meadows III (R-Calhoun)

     

    District 5 (Gordon & Murray counties)

     

    John Meadows

    Meadows said he worked hard during his first five years at the Capitol to build a campaign war chest of $41,000. Once he was named Insurance chair, he didn’t have to try so hard, collecting $77,000 in the summer and fall of 2010. Another $504,000 followed once he became Rules chair in 2011.

    He’s given much of that away to other Republican candidates. “I have a lot more money than I ever thought I would,” he said.

    Lobbyists, who spent less than $4,500 on Meadows in 2006-09, have lavished nearly $21,000 on meals, entertainment and other gifts for him since 2011.

    Meadows was one of 15 insurance agents in the state Legislature who were exempted from ethics and other continuing education courses needed to retain their licenses, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in 2011. A 1992 law authorized the state insurance commissioner to approve those exemptions for lawmakers. Nevertheless, records show Meadows has completed dozens of courses since his election in 2004.

    Legislative website

    Voting record

    Born: 1944

    Political career

    • Elected to Calhoun City Council, 1982.
    • Elected mayor of Calhoun, 1985, serving through 1998.
    • Ran for the Georgia Senate in 1998, losing to Bill Stephens in the Republican primary.
    • Elected, unopposed, to the Georgia House in 2004.
    • Re-elected without opposition in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2014.
    • Re-elected in 2012 with 78 percent of the vote.

    Committees

    • Game, Fish and Parks (2013 – present)
    • Governmental Affairs (2007 – present)
    • Industry & Labor (2011 – present)
    • Insurance (2005 –  present; chairman, 2010)
    • Retirement (2005 – present)
    • Rules (chair, 2011 – present)
    • Natural Resources and Environment (2007 – 2012)
    • State Planning and Community Affairs (2005 – 2006)

    Occupation

    •  Insurance agent, Starr-Mathews Agency Inc.

    Business ownership interests

    •  None disclosed.

    Fiduciary positions

    •  Co-trustee, James M. Meadows Trust
    •  Co-trustee, Daniel C. Meadows Trust
    •  Co-trustee, Esther Meadows Trust
    •  Co-trustee, Lacey Meadows Trust

    Investment interests

    • None disclosed.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence in Calhoun, valued at $244,000.
    • Meadows’ wife, Marie, owns a house and 22 acres of farmland valued at $285,000 in Gordon County

    Campaign contributions

    Meadows has raised more than $983,000 in political donations since 2004. Some 70 percent of that has come since he became House Rules chairman in 2011. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 1998: $27,697
    • 2004: $5,300
    • 2005-06: $42,102
    • 2007-08: $41,030
    • 2009-10: $99,940
    • 2011-12: $277,774
    • 2013-14: $242,848
    • 2015-16: $246,791
    • Reported cash on hand (Jan. 2017): $394,838

    Top donors

    • $25,000 State Farm Insurance
    • $21,000 WellCare of Georgia Inc., Medicaid and PeachCare administrator
    • $20,500 BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia
    • $17,100 United Health Services of Georgia, nursing homes
    • $15,500 GEICO, auto insurance
    • $15,000 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • $14,850 Georgia Optometric Association
    • $14,350 Georgia Dental Association
    • $13,000 Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia
    • $12,500 Altria / Philip Morris USA
    • $12,398 Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association
    • $11,550 Georgia Association of HMOs
    • $11,500 Medical Association of Georgia & lobbyist Brandon Reese
    • $11,450 Georgia Hospital Association
    • $11,000 TitleMax, title-pawn lender
    • $10,800 Georgia Health Care Association, nursing homes
    • $10,750 Georgia Association of Health Underwriters
    • $10,400 Humana Inc., health care
    • $10,400 United Health Group Inc. (Minn.), manager of state employees’ health plan
    • $10,150 Georgia Insurance & Financial Advisors Association
    • $10,000 American Insurance Association
    • $9,550 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $9,500 Centene Management Co., health care
    • $9,250 AFLAC
    • $9,250 Georgia Bankers Association
    • $9,150 Georgia Automobile Dealers Association
    • $8,994 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia
    • $8,500 Alliant Health Plans & executives
    • $8,500 Allstate Insurance Co.
    • $8,500 MAG Mutual Insurance Co., medical malpractice insurance
    • $8,250 Troutman Sanders LLP, , lobbying firm
    • $8,100 Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, lobbying firm
    • $8,000 Aetna, health insurance
    • $8,000 Georgia Apartment Association
    • $8,000 Health One Alliance LLC
    • $7,700 Community Bankers Association of Georgia
    • $7,600 Roy Robinson, lobbyist
    • $7,500 AT&T
    • $7,150 Georgia Pharmacy Association
    • $6,500 AGL Resources
    • $6,250 Georgia Credit Union League
    • $6,240 Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia
    • $6,150 Holland & Knight, lobbying firm
    • $5,750 Anheuser-Busch Companies
    • $5,750 Waste Management Inc.
    • $5,700 Georgia Industrial Loan Association
    • $5,700 Georgia Oilmen’s Association
    • $5,690 Georgia Power Co.
    • $5,500 Comcast Corp.
    • $5,250 John Deere
    • $5,150 Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association
    • $5,000 DaVita Total Renal Care Inc.
    • $5,000 Joe Tanner & Associates, lobbying firm
    • $5,000 Publix Super Markets

    Campaign-to-campaign donations

    Candidates may make political donations with campaign funds, allowing prolific fund-raisers to share their contributions with other legislators or candidates. Some advocacy groups believe such transfers should be limited to an aggregate of $10,000 per election cycle. Meadows’ committee made these political donations:

    • 1998: $250
    • 2004: $500
    • 2005-06: $7,710
    • 2007-08: $10,975
    • 2009-10: $53,933
    • 2011-12: $50,542
    • 2013-14: $74,506

    Lobbyist freebies

    Lobbyists have reported paying for meals and other gifts for Meadows valued at more than $30,000 since 2006. The big spenders: Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia ($2,065), Georgia Power Co. ($1,840), Georgia Municipal Association ($1,758). BFF lobbyist: MEAG’s Frank Crane ($2,034). The breakdown by year:

    • 2006: $522
    • 2007: $674
    • 2008: $2,093
    • 2009: $1,140
    • 2010: $5,520
    • 2011: $9,370
    • 2012: $6,004
    • 2013: $5,225
    • 2014: $149 through Oct. 31

    Per diem & travel

    When out of session, lawmakers may collect $173 per diem, plus mileage, for official business. (Per diem was $127 prior to 2007.) Lawmakers living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, which were originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging.

    • 2005: $806 (6 days)
    • 2006: $445 (3 days)
    • 2007: $5,609 (24 days)
    • 2008: $3,807 (16 days)
    • 2009: $2,035 (10 days)
    • 2010: $1,882 (8 days)
    • 2011: $3,401 (16 days)
    • 2012: $2,319 (10 days)
    • 2013: $3,195 (14 days)
    • 2014: $1,421 (6 days)
    • 2015: $2,973 (13 days)

    Updated Jan. 15, 2017

     

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    2 Responses to “Rep. John Meadows: Popular with PACs”

    1. Elaine says:

      Just wish this writer would do a little investigation on Murray County Sole Commissionet Brittany Pittman.

    2. DLS says:

      Brittany Pittman has done more for Murray County in a short amount of time than other crooked commissioners couldn’t accomplish in years. The absolute worse thing that could happen is for Greg Hogan to be elected. He is as crooked as snake and just as venomous.

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