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    Rep. Sam Teasley

     

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    Samuel Kyser Teasley (R-Marietta)

     

    District 37 (Cobb County)

     

    Republicans in the Georgia Legislature comprise Teasley’s largest bloc of financial donors by far. Collectively, they’ve given his campaign more than $45,000 since 2010.

    Not bad for a freshman: Lobbyists did all right by Teasley in 2011, his first legislative session, treating him to dinners and other meals to the tune of $2,073. They’ve spent about $2,900 on him since then.

    Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Political career

    • Elected 2010 to the House, 57-43%, unseating incumbent Democrat Pat Dooley.
    • Re-elected with 60% of the vote in 2012 and 62% in 2014.
    • Faces Democratic challenger Bill Bolton, whom Teasley has beaten twice before, in the November 2016 general election.

    Committee assignments

    • Banks & Banking (2011 – present)
    • Education (2011 – present)
    • Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications (2013 – present)
    • Ethics (2015 – present)
    • Insurance (2013 – present)
    • Ways & Means (2015 – present)
    • Code Revision (2011 – 2012)

    Occupation

    •  Real estate agent, self-employed.

    Business ownership

    • Owner, New South Investments LLC, manages residential rental property.
    • President, Teasley Homes Inc., helps clients buy and sell real estate.

    Property holdings

    • Personal residence in Marietta, valued at $317,000.
    • Three residential rental properties in Marietta, valued at a total of $383,000.
    • Residential property in Kennesaw, valued at $114,000.

    Investments

    • None disclosed.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Campaign contributions

    Teasley has raised more than $247,000 in political donations since 2010. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 2010: $79,042
    • 2011-12: $65,376
    • 2013-14: $67,235
    • 2015-16: $36,272
    • Reported cash on hand (July 2016): $78,113

    Top donors

    • $45,001 House Speaker David Ralston & other Republican legislators
    • $7,000 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • $6,750 Georgia Credit Union League
    • $6,400 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $5,000 Humana Inc., Louisville, Ky., health care
    • $4,950 Georgia Bankers Association
    • $4,250 AT&T
    • $4,250 Georgia Apartment Association
    • $4,000 The Doctors Co., Napa, Calif., malpractice insurance provider
    • $3,500 American Federation for Children
    • $3,000 Lance A. Cooper, P.C., Marietta, Ga., trial lawyer
    • $3,000 TitleMax, Savannah, Ga., title-pawn lender

    Campaign to campaign

    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 altogether passed in the Senate but died in the House. Teasley’s campaign made these donations:

    • 2010: $1,500
    • 2011-12: $7,450
    • 2013-14: $24,650
    • 2015-16: $6,500

    Lobbyist freebies

    Since 2010, lobbyists have reported paying more than $5,000 for meals and other gifts for Teasley. The big spenders:

    • $772 McGuire Woods Consulting. lobbying firm
    • $495 AT&T
    • $316 Georgia Power Co.
    • $300 Georgia Cable Association
    • $258 Wellstar Health System

    The American Legislative Exchange Council also awarded a $628 “scholarship” to Teasley in 2010 to cover the cost of attending ALEC functions, records show. Corporate donors — including petroleum, pharmaceutical, utility, tobacco and health-care interests — fund the scholarships, which are not disclosed as lobbyist expenses since ALEC has no registered lobbyists in Georgia.

    Friends and family

    • Teasley and former Sen. Chip Rogers, one of his top donors, both attend First Baptist Church of Woodstock. Rogers paid Teasley $1,550 from his Senate expense account in 2008 for work as a legislative aide.
    • Teasley served as Rep. Ed Setzler’s campaign manager in 2008.
    • Teasley’s wife, Michelle, is a teacher at Shiloh Hills Christian School.

    Committee days & travel expenses

    When out of session, legislators may collect $173 per day plus mileage for committee meetings or other official business. Those living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging.

    • 2011: $2,159 (12 days)
    • 2012: $2,504 (13 days)
    • 2013: $3,050 (15 days)
    • 2014: $3,222 (16 days)
    • 2015: $6,258 (27 days)

    Updated Aug. 1, 2016

     

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