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Transparency: Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick
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:
Dar’shun Nicole Kendrick (D-Lithonia)
District 93 (DeKalb & Gwinnett counties)
Kendrick paid her campaign consultant, Warren Mosby, $100 an hour from her legislative expense account as a “senior consultant” on redistricting in 2011 and in preparation for the 2012 legislative session. Her campaign committee paid another of Mosby’s businesses more than $29,000 for campaign consulting and supplies in 2010 and 2012. Mosby’s brother is Rep. Howard Mosby, chairman of DeKalb County’s House delegation.
The $2,000 from Kendrick’s legislative account paid Mosby to compile statistics on her old and new districts, she said. The payment also covered his work to organize town-hall meetings, including robocall invitations, to inform constituents about the changes.
The $100-an-hour rate, she said, was based on her trust in his abilities. Most legislators pay part-time aides much less — perhaps several hundred dollars a week for part-time work — but the amounts are within a legislator’s discretion. “You literally get what you pay for,” she observed.
“Because of the campaign we had an existing relationship,” she said. “I know he’s going to do a good job.”
Kendrick’s campaign committee has also reimbursed her $5,560 for expenses without specifying the end recipient of the money or, in most cases, the purpose. State campaign finance rules specify that candidates must provide those details.
Most of those expenses, Kendrick said, were for travel or for campaign obligations that had to be paid immediately.
- Interned for former U.S. Reps. Cynthia McKinney (2000) and Denise Majette (2003).
- Interned for the Legislature’s MARTA Oversight Committee when it was chaired by then-state Rep. George Maddox (2002-04)
- Ran Maddox’s 2004 campaign for the state Senate.
- Elected 2010 to the Georgia House, winning a Democratic primary runoff with 741 votes.
- Re-elected 2012 with 76 percent of the vote.
Children & Youth (2011 – 2012)
Interstate Cooperation (2011 – present)
- Juvenile Justice (2013 – )
- Small Business Development (2013 – )
Special Rules (2011 – 2012)
- Attorney, Kendrick Law Practice LLC; practice focuses on representation of small businesses; previously worked at small firm representing credit card and rental car companies seeking collection of debts
- Kendrick Law Practice LLC
- Board member, Stonecrest Business Alliance Inc.
- Board member, IXOYE Global Entrepreneurship Network Inc. (IXGEN Inc.), non-profit focused on developing young entrepreneurs
- Board member, Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program Inc., non-profit targeting prevention of domestic violence
- Personal residence in Lithonia, valued at $154,000
- None disclosed
Payments from state agencies
- None disclosed
- Kendrick paid $100 in late filing fees for two 2010 campaign disclosures.
Donors have contributed more than $79,000 to Kendrick’s campaign committee since 2010. The breakdown by election cycle:
- 2010: $30,616
- 2011-12: $48,382
- $4,750 Planned Parenthood (Vote Choice PAC)
- $4,000 Students First, Sacramento, Calif.
- $3,700 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Civil Justice PAC)
- $2,200 Georgia’s WIN List
- $2,000 Rep. Calvin Smyre
- $1,500 Donna Curling, Roswell, Ga.
- $1,500 Georgia Leaders Campaign
- $1,400 Organization of DeKalb Educators
- $1,200 Emily’s List
- $1,150 Patrice Perkins-Hooker, vice president and general counsel of Atlanta Beltline Inc., and spouse
Campaign to campaign
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. Kendrick’s committee made these political donations:
- 2010: $0
- 2012: $0
- Kendrick’s campaign has reimbursed her for $5,560
in expenses without specifying the end recipient, and sometimes the purpose.
- Kendrick’s campaign has paid more than $29,000 to HSI Systems and Consultants Inc., a company run by Warren Mosby, Rep. Howard Mosby’s brother. The campaign committee also paid Warren Mosby $600 in 2010 for “visibility and supplies.”
Lobbyists have reported paying for meals and other gifts for Kendrick valued at more than $900 since 2011. The big spender: Georgia Power Co. ($360).
- 2011: $444
- 2012: $611
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:
- 2011: $2,682 (14 days)
- 2012: $2,316 (12 days)
- 2013: $1,210 (6 days through April 25)
Updated April 25, 2013