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    Transparency: Rep. Barbara Massey Reece

     

    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:

    Barbara Massey Reece (D-Menlo)

    District 11 (Chattooga and Floyd counties)

    Legislative website

    Voting record

    Overview

    Barbara Massey Reece has reported collecting relatively modest sums of campaign contributions — less than $220,000 in 15 years of campaigning. Not surprisingly, since she hails from the same neighborhood as famed criminal defense attorney Bobby Lee Cook, Reece’s top campaign donors are trial lawyers.

    Political career

    • Elected 1998 to the Georgia House with 57 percent of the vote
    • Re-elected 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2010 without opposition
    • Re-elected with 58 percent of the vote in 2004, 60 percent in 2008
    • Defeated for re-election 2012 with 48.5 percent of the vote.

    Committee assignments

    • Economic Development & Tourism (2003 – 2004)
    • Education (1999 – present; vice chairman, 2003 – 2004)
    • Legislative & Congressional Reapportionment (1999 – 2002, 2005 – present)
    • Science and Technology (2006 – present)
    • State Institutions & Property (1999 – present)

    Occupation

    • Retired educator, Chattooga and Gwinnett counties

    Business ownership interests

    •  None disclosed

    Fiduciary positions

    • Board member, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center Inc., a non-profit with a mission of recruiting health-care professionals for jobs in northwest Georgia and supporting students who are completing internships there.

    Investment interests

    • None disclosed

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence in Menlo, valued at $99,000

    State Payments

    • The non-profit Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center (Blue Ridge AHEC) received $1.25 million in state payments in 2009 through 2011, primarily from Georgia Health Sciences University. The university distributes funds to six AHECs across Georgia to pay for medical students’ housing and other programs.

    Campaign contributions

    • 1998: $25,850
    • 1999-2000: $10,636
    • 2001-02: $9,886
    • 2003-04: $41,909
    • 2005-06: $9,880
    • 2007-08: $54,502
    • 2009-10: $6,400
    • 2011-12: $57,507 (through Oct. 25)

    Top donors

    • $13,665 Law firm of Bobby Lee Cook & associated attorneys
    • $12,150 Georgia Association of Educators
    • $12,050 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Civil Justice PAC)
    • $7,500 Robert K. Finnell, P.C., lawyer
    • $6,700 Chattooga County Democratic Party
    • $3,500 United Community Bank and executives
    • $3,300 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $3,250 Temple-Inland Inc.
    • $3,100 Georgia Dental Association
    • $3,000 Miles Gammage, attorney (disbarred in 2012)
    • $3,000 Interational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

    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. Reece’s committee made these political donations:

    • 1998: $250
    • 1999-2000; $0
    • 2001-02: $0
    • 2003-04: $0
    • 2005-06: $800
    • 2007-08: $200
    • 2009-10: $300
    • 2011-12: $0

    Campaign spending

    • Reece’s campaign has reimbursed her since 2006 for $13,873 in expenses, including about $5,400 that did not identify the end recipients of the money, as required by campaign finance rules. The remaining reimbursements were for transportation — primarily mileage, Reece said, “since I live so far from Atlanta and my district is so large.”

    Lobbyist gifts (reported value)

    • 2006: $623
    • 2007: $198
    • 2008: $142
    • 2009: $256
    • 2010: $231
    • 2011: $663
    • 2012: $158 (through Aug. 31)

    Per diem & travel expenses (committee days)

    When the Legislature is out of session, members may collect $173 per diem, plus mileage, for attending a committee meeting or conducting other official business. 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.

    • 2001: $6,991 (41 days)
    • 2002; $6,559 (38 days)
    • 2003: $7,574 (48 days)
    • 2004: $6,148 (41 days)
    • 2005: $6,478 (35 days)
    • 2006: $3,139 (18 days)
    • 2007: $7,965 (36 days)
    • 2008: $6,316 (23 days)
    • 2009: $4,708 (21 days)
    • 2010: $5,257 (22 days)
    • 2011: $6,092 (23 days)
    • 2012: $2,477 (9 days)

     

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