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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.

Committees

  • Appropriations (2017 – )
  • Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications (2012 – present)
  • Insurance (2012 – present)
  • Intragovernmental Coordination (2012 – present)
  • Transportation (2015 – present
  • Ways & Means (2013 – present)

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)
  • 2014: $8,148 (40 days) #15 in House

Updated Jan. 15, 2017

 

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