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    Rep. Pedro Marin

     

    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:

    Pedro Rafael “Pete” Marin (D-Duluth)

    District 96 (Gwinnett County)

    Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Overview

    Pedro Marin paid a $500 fine in 2008 for missing four filing deadlines for campaign disclosures and leaving ownership of his business, Niram Enterprises Inc., off of his personal financial disclosure. Ironically, Niram had been dissolved by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office for failing to pay its annual registration fees in 2007 and 2008. In 2004, Marin paid a $150 fine for leaving his position as executive director of the Mexican Center of Atlanta off his annual financial disclosure. The 2004 case was filed on behalf of an anti-immigration organization, labeled by some as a hate group, that alleged the Puerto Rico-born Marin  was a foreign agent working for the Mexican government.

    Political career

    • Elected to the House in 2002 without opposition.
    • Re-elected 2004 through 2008 with 54 to 60 percent of the vote and in 2010 with no opposition.
    • Re-elected 2012 with 55 percent of the vote.

    Committee assignments

    • Banks & Banking (2005 – present)
    • Economic Development & Tourism (2003 – 2004; 2007 – present)
    • Industrial Relations (2003 – present)
    • Interstate Cooperation (2003 – 2004)
    • Reapportionment (2003 – 2006)

    Occupation

    • Business consultant, focusing on community outreach, marketing and public relations

    Business ownership

    • President, Niram Enterprises Inc. (The Georgia Secretary of State dissolved Niram in 2008 for failing to file its annual registration for two consecutive years. The registration has not been reinstated.)

    Fiduciary positions

    • President, Niram Enterprises Inc.
    • Board member, Selective Service System Region II (volunteer position)
    • Vice chair for constituency groups, Democratic Party of Georgia
    • Member, executive committee, Northeast Georgia Boy Scouts Council

    Property holdings

    • None disclosed

    Investments

    • None disclosed

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed

    Ethics cases

    Marin paid a $500 fine in 2008 for missing four filing deadlines for campaign disclosures and leaving ownership of his business, Niram Enterprises Inc., off of his personal financial disclosure. Ironically, Niram had been dissolved by the Georgia Secretary of State a week earlier for failing to pay its annual registration fees in 2007 and 2008.

    In 2004, Marin paid a $150 fine for not disclosing his position as executive director of the Mexican Center of Atlanta. The complainant was a member of American Patrol, an anti-immigration organization labeled by some as a hate group. The group alleged that Marin, an American citizen born in Puerto Rico, was a foreign agent working for the Mexican government.

    Taxes

    The Georgia Department of Revenue placed three liens for unpaid incomes taxes on Marin and his wife between 2004 and 2008. All three liens, totaling $3,049, have been paid off.

    Campaign contributions

    Marin has raised about $180,000 in political donations since 2002. Contributions broken down by election cycle:

    • 2001-02: $11,708
    • 2003-04: $48,810
    • 2005-06: $28,776
    • 2007-08: $31,401
    • 2009-10: $29,477
    • 2011-12: $44,360

    Top donors

    • $8,000 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (Civil Justice PAC)
    • $5,500 Georgia Association of Educators
    • $4,800 Planned Parenthood of Georgia (Vote Choice)
    • $4,600 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $3,500 Builders Insurance Group
    • $3,500 Card Services Inc.
    • $3,310 Gwinnett County Association of Educators
    • $3,300 Roger Orlando, attorney
    • $3,000 Ex-House Speaker Terry Coleman
    • $3,000 Grace Williams, CPA, Norcross, Ga.

    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. Marin’s committee made these political donations:

    • 2002: $0
    • 2003-04: $5,000
    • 2005-06: $0
    • 2007-08: $0
    • 2009-10: $2,800
    • 2011-12: $0

    Lobbyist spending

    Lobbyists have reported paying for meals and other gifts for Marin valued at about $1,400 since 2006. The big spender: Georgia Gwinnett College ($275). The breakout by year:

    • 2006: $198
    • 2007: $149
    • 2008: $35
    • 2009: $340
    • 2010: $237
    • 2011: $258
    • 2012: $233

    Per Diem

    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:

    • 2003: $284 (2 days)
    • 2004: $4,118 (29 days)
    • 2005: $1,522 (7 days)
    • 2006: $1,816 (12 days)
    • 2007: $3,805 (20 days)
    • 2008: $2,192 (11 days)
    • 2009: $2,344 (12 days)
    • 2010: $3,503 (18 days)
    • 2011: $3,906 (20 days)
    • 2012: $3,438 (17 days)
    • 2013: $1,351 (7 days through April 25)

    Updated April 25, 2013

     

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