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    Transparency: Rep. Tom McCall

     

    Thomas Allen McCall (R-Elberton)

    District 33 (Elbert and Madison counties)

    Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Overview

    A veteran of 18 legislative sessions, McCall has served all of that time on the House Agriculture Committee, which he now chairs, and on Natural Resources, and all two of those years on the House Transportation Committee. Those memberships have attracted campaign donations from tobacco company Philip Morris, veterinarians, Kraft Foods, the billboard industry and highway contractors.

    McCall was one of three House conferees in 2012 who endorsed a last-minute proposal to allow the state ethics commission to seal closed investigative files involving legislators and other politicians. The commission could have barred public access to a file if it found only a technical violation of the law, or none at all, thus denying public oversight of the propriety of those findings. The amendment, attached to an unrelated bill about hunting and fishing licenses, cleared the Senate with barely an hour left in the 2012 legislative session but was defeated 143-25 in the House. 

    Political career

    • Elected to Georgia House, 1994.
    • Re-elected 1996, 1998, 2000 without opposition.
    • Re-elected 2002 with 73% of the vote.
    • Switched parties, re-elected 2004 without opposition as a Republican.
    • Defeated a Democratic challenge by roughly 3-1 in the 2010 general election.
    • Re-elected 2012 with 72 percent of the vote..

    Committee assignments

    • Agriculture & Consumer Affairs (1995 – present; chairman, 2005 – present)
    • Game, Fish, & Parks (2008 – present)
    • Intragovernmental Coordination (2005-07)
    • Natural Resources & Environment (1995 – present)
    • Reapportionment (1995-96)
    • Transportation (1997 – present)

    Occupation

    •  Farmer

    Business ownership

    • None disclosed

    Property holdings

    • Personal residence and 15 acres of farmland in Elbert County, valued at $215,000
    • McCall’s wife, Jane, in 2011 inherited a 183-acre Elbert County farm valued at $472,000

    Investments

    • None disclosed

    Payments from government agencies

    • No state payments disclosed.
    • McCall has collected $155,414 in federal crop subsidies since 1995, primarily for wheat, cotton and livestock, according to data compiled by the Environmental Working Group.

    Campaign contributions

    Donors have contributed more than $292,000 to McCall’s campaign committee since 1998. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 1998: $13,205
    • 1999-2000: $10,526
    • 2001-02: $50,725
    • 2003-04: $20,700
    • 2005-06: $28,875
    • 2007-08: $38,900
    • 2009-10: $88,402
    • 2011-12: $40,675 (through Oct. 25)

    Top donors

    • $11,000 Philip Morris USA and its parent company, Altria Group
    • $10,150 Home Builders Association of Georgia
    • $9,150 Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia & members
    • $8,900 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $6,500 Georgia Veterinary Medical Association
    • $5,000 Georgia Utility Contractors Association
    • $4,600 Georgia Industrial Loan Association
    • $4,500 Plumbing and Mechanical Association of Georgia
    • $4,300 Georgia Crushed Stone Association
    • $4,000 Kraft Foods
    • $3,700 Committee of Automobile Retail Dealers of Georgia
    • $3,750 Georgia Apartment Association
    • $3,500 Associated General Contractors of Georgia
    • $3,500 Coggins Land Co.
    • $3,450 Georgia Food Industry Association & members
    • $3,250 John Deere & Co.
    • $3,100 Vulcan Materials Co.
    • $3,200 Waste Management
    • $3,075 Georgia Physical Therapy Association
    • $3,000 Georgia Pest Control Association

    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. Crawford’s committee made these political donations:

    • 1998: $1,700
    • 2000: $400
    • 2001-02: $165
    • 2003-04: $800
    • 2005-06: $26,200
    • 2007-08: $15,000
    • 2009-10: $0
    • 2011-12: $3,450 (through Oct. 25)

    Lobbyist spending

    Lobbyists have spent more than $18,000 on McCall since 2006. The big spenders: the China Clay Producers Association ($4,461), the Georgia Food Industry Association ($2,646), Georgia Power Co. ($1,874) and the Georgia Mining Association ($1,649).

    • 2006: $2,034
    • 2007: $4,400
    • 2008: $2,813
    • 2009: $2,845
    • 2010: $1,325
    • 2011: $2,197
    • 2012: $2,272 (through Aug. 31)

    Per Diem

    When the Legislature is out of session, members may collect $173 per diem, plus mileage, for committee meetings or other 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. Here’s the annual breakdown, based on the year in which the expenses were paid:

    • 2001: $4,174 (24 days)
    • 2002: $4,127 (22 days)
    • 2003: $2,523 (14 days)
    • 2004: $2,576 (16 days)
    • 2005: $6,662 (32 days)
    • 2006: $5,763 (27 days)
    • 2007: $12,531 (47 days)
    • 2008: $7,359 (26 days)
    • 2009: $12,332 (46 days) #18 in House
    • 2010: $7,681 (28 days)
    • 2011: $12,197 (48 days) #11 in House
    • 2012: $5,952 (23 days)
    • 2013: $1,418 (6 days through April 25)

    Updated April 25, 2013

     

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    One Response to “Transparency: Rep. Tom McCall”

    1. Dave Bearse says:

      Who were the other three besides McCall, Wilkerson and Balfour that composed the conference committee seeking to pull a fast one?

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