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    Rep. Tom McCall (HD 33)

     

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    Thomas Allen McCall (R-Elberton)

     

    District 33 (Elbert & Madison counties)

     

    A veteran of 23 legislative sessions, McCall has served all of that time on the House Agriculture Committee, which he now chairs, and on Natural Resources. Those memberships have attracted more than $125,000 in campaign donations from agribusiness including tobacco ($22,600), pesticides ($21,375) and the timber and paper industries ($19,000). He’s also served on the House Transportation Committee since 1997, which has helped him raise another $42,000, including $27,700 from road builders and $11,500 from the billboard industry.

    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. 

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    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Born: 1956

    Political career

    • Elected to the House as a Democrat in 1994; re-elected eight times since then without opposition.
    • Won contested elections in 2002, 2010 and 2012 with at least 72% of the vote.
    • Switched to the Republican Party in 2004.

    Committee assignments

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

    Occupation

    •  Farmer

    Business ownership

    • None disclosed.

    Property holdings

    • Personal residence and 15 acres of farmland in Elbert County valued at $211,000
    • McCall’s wife, Jane, in 2011 inherited a 183-acre Elbert County farm now valued at $485,000

    Investments

    • None disclosed.

    Payments from government agencies

    • McCall collected $174,343 in federal crop subsidies from 1995 to 2014, primarily for wheat, cotton and livestock, according to data compiled by the Environmental Working Group.

    Campaign contributions

    McCall has raised more than $394,000 in political donations since 1998. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 1998: $13,205
    • 1999-2000: $9,551
    • 2001-02: $61,410
    • 2003-04: $20,900
    • 2005-06: $29,175
    • 2007-08: $39,100
    • 2009-10: $95,148
    • 2011-12: $48,965
    • 2013-14: $37,075
    • 2015-16: $33,570
    • 2017: $6,500
    • Reported cash on hand (July 2017): $4,054

    Top donors

    • $17,525 House Speaker David Ralston & other lawmakers
    • $19,000 Altria / Philip Morris USA
    • $11,300 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $10,650 Home Builders Association of Georgia
    • $10,250 Georgia Veterinary Medical Association
    • $8,650 Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia
    • $7,000 Monsanto Co. / Bayer Crop Science
    • $5,600 Georgia Industrial Loan Association
    • $5,500 Associated General Contractors of Georgia
    • $5,500 Georgia Utility Contractors Association
    • $5,500 Martin Marietta Aggregates
    • $5,250 John Deere & Co.
    • $5,050 Georgia Construction Aggregate Association
    • $5,000 Kraft Foods
    • $4,950 Plumbing and Mechanical Association of Georgia
    • $4,750 Georgia Apartment Association
    • $4,750 Georgia Poultry Federation
    • $4,701 Georgia Automobile Dealers Association
    • $4,450 Waste Management Inc.
    • $4,250 Koch Industries / Georgia-Pacific Corp.
    • $3,950 Community Bankers Association of Georgia

    Campaign-to-campaign donations

    Candidates may give campaign funds to other candidates, a practice that some say provides a legal means to circumvent contribution limits. A 2003 bill to ban such transfers passed in the Senate but died in the House. McCall’s campaign made these 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
    • 2013-14: $3,438
    • 2015-16: $550

    Lobbyist freebies

    Lobbyists have spent more than $28,000 on McCall since 2006. The big spenders:

    • $8,779 China Clay Producers Association
    • $7,083 Georgia Food Industry Association
    • $2,032 Georgia Power Co.
    • $1,712 Georgia Mining Association
    • $1,384 Plumbing & Mechanical Association of Georgia
    • $1,142 Georgia Utility Contractors Association
    • $847 Georgia Association of Manufacturers
    • $764 Georgia Electric Membership Corp.

    Per diem & travel

    When out of session, members 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.

    • 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: $7,999 (29 days)
    • 2014: $6,967 (24 days)
    • 2015: $6,306 (23 days)

    Updated July 15, 2017

     

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    One Response to “Rep. Tom McCall (HD 33)”

    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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