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Rep. Pedro Marin (HD96)
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Pedro Rafael “Pete” Marin (D-Duluth)
District 96 (Gwinnett County)
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.
- Elected to the House in 2002 without opposition.
- Re-elected 2004 through 2008 and in 2012 with 54 to 60% of the vote; unopposed in 2010 and 2014.
- Faces Republican opponent Rick Underwood in the 2016 general election.
- Banks & Banking (2005 – present)
- Economic Development & Tourism (2003 – 2004, 2007 – present)
- Industry & Labor (2003 – present)
- Science & Technology (2015 – present)
- Interstate Cooperation (2003 – 2004)
- Reapportionment (2003 – 2006)
- Business consultant, focusing on community outreach, marketing and public relations
- 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 was reinstated in 2013.)
President, Niram Enterprises Inc.
- Board member, Selective Service System Region II
- Vice chair for constituency groups, Democratic Party of Georgia
- Board member, North Metro Academy of Performing Arts (charter school)
- Co-owner with son of residence in Gwinnett valued at $140,000.
- None disclosed.
Payments from state agencies
- None disclosed.
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.
The Georgia Department of Revenue placed three liens for unpaid income taxes on Marin and his wife between 2004 and 2008. All three liens, totaling $3,049, have been paid off.
Marin has raised more than $228,000 in political donations since 2001. Contributions broken down by election cycle:
- 2001-02: $11,708
- 2003-04: $48,810
- 2005-06: $29,201
- 2007-08: $34,495
- 2009-10: $31,737
- 2011-12: $44,850
- 2013-14: $15,033
- 2015-16: $29,042
- Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $15,994
- $16,625 Ex-Speaker Terry Coleman & other Democratic lawmakers
- $13,000 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
- $5,500 Georgia Association of Educators
- $5,300 Georgia Association of Realtors
- $4,750 Planned Parenthood of Georgia (Vote Choice)
- $3,500 Builders Insurance Group
- $3,500 Card Services Inc.
- $3,500 Workplace Injury Network
- $3,400 Coca-Cola Co. / Georgia Beverage Association
- $3,400 Roger Orlando, Decatur, Ga., attorney
- $3,310 Gwinnett County Association of Educators
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. Marin’s campaign made these donations:
- 2002: $0
- 2003-04: $5,000
- 2005-06: $0
- 2007-08: $0
- 2009-10: $2,800
- 2011-12: $0
- 2013-14: $150
- 2015-6: $0
Since 2006, lobbyists have reported paying more than $2,100 for meals and other gifts for Marin. The big spenders:
- $421 Georgia Association of Manufacturers
- $378 Georgia Gwinnett College
- $250 Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Per Diem & Committee Meetings
When out of session, legislators may collect $173 per day plus mileage for committee meetings or other official business. (Per diem was $127 prior to 2007.) Those living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging.
- 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: $4,342 (22 days)
- 2014: $3,770 (18 days)
- 2015: $7,127 (32 days)
Updated Oct. 6, 2016