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    Rep. John Carson

     

    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:

    John K. Carson Jr. (R-Marietta)

    District 46 (Cobb and Cherokee counties)

    Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Overview

    John Carson

    John Carson

    Other Republican legislators have donated $43,000 to his campaign committee in 2011 and 2012.

    Political career

    • Elected 2011 to the Georgia House in a special election, winning by a margin of nearly 2-1 over former Sen. Robert Lamutt.
    • Re-elected 2012 with 74 percent of the vote.

    Committee assignments

    • Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications (2012 – present)
    • Insurance (2012 – present)
    • Intragovernmental Coordination (2012 – present)
    • Ways & Means (2013 – )

    Occupation

    • Certified public accountant, SunTrust Banks

    Business ownership interests

    • None disclosed

    Fiduciary positions

    • None disclosed

    Investment interests

    • None disclosed

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence in Cobb County, valued at $270,000

    State payments

    • None disclosed

    Campaign contributions

    • 2011: $24,174
    • 2012: $97,419
    • Reported cash on hand (Jan. 2013): $15,792

    Top donors

    • $43,000 other Republican legislators
    • $3,000 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Civil Justice PAC)
    • $2,500 American Federation for Children
    • $1,800 Georgia Bankers Association
    • $1,750 SunTrust Bank
    • $1,500 Cable Television Association of Georgia
    • $1,500 Cobb County Republican Party
    • $1,500 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $1,500 State Farm Insurance (SFA PAC)
    • $1,250 AT&T
    • $1,250 Georgia Dental 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. Carson’s committee made these political donations:

    • 2011-12: $5,850

    Lobbyist gifts

    Lobbyists have reported paying for meals and other gifts for Carson valued at about $2,700 since 2011. The big spenders: University System of Georgia ($527), AT&T ($400), Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia ($243).

    • 2011: $273
    • 2012: $2,426

    Committee days & travel expenses

    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:

    • 2012: $2,568 (13 days)
    • 2013: $2,568 (13 days)

    Updated April 25, 2013

     

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