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Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones
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:
Jan Lynn Slaughter Jones (R-Milton)
District 47 (Fulton County)
Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, it would appear, is a giver. Her campaign committee since 2007 has donated $264,000 — more than half of the funds it raised during that period — to other campaigns and political organizations. That’s more than any House member other than Speaker David Ralston and Majority Leader Larry O’Neal.
Like most other campaign donors, though, Jones likes a sure thing. In 2008, in the months before colleagues chose her to be majority whip, she donated to 49 Republican candidates for the House; all but two were incumbents or nominees with no Democratic opposition. In the fall of 2010, after becoming speaker pro tem, Jones donated to 58 House candidates — including 51 incumbents or newcomers with no opposition. On Nov. 8, 2010, House Republicans re-elected Jones by acclamation to her leadership post.
Georgia’s two largest title-pawn lenders represent the largest single special-interest sector among Jones’ campaign donors. Select Management Resources, TitleMax and their CEOs — who have lobbied to keep the industry virtually unregulated in Georgia — have given more than $27,000 to her campaigns. Health care, banking and development interests are among her other top contributors.
Jones’ husband, Kalin Jones, is general counsel for Colonial Pipeline Co. A 2007 Senate bill would have allowed Colonial to bypass a rigorous permitting process for a proposed 44-mile line from Alabama to Cobb County; the bill never reached a vote in the House. Colonial sought and received a permit for the work in 2009, but later put the project on hold indefinitely for economic reasons. A subsidiary of Koch Industries, owned by the politically active Koch brothers, owns a 28 percent interest in Colonial Pipeline and is the company’s largest shareholder.
The American Legislative Exchange Council awarded “scholarships” totaling $1,924 to Jones in 2007, records show. Corporate donors — including petroleum, pharmaceutical, utility, tobacco and health-care interests — funded the scholarships, which were meant to cover the costs of airfare and lodging to attend ALEC functions. The donations generally are not disclosed as lobbyist gifts, since ALEC does not have a registered lobbyist in Georgia.
- Elected to the House in 2002, winning the GOP primary with 50.6 percent of the vote.
- Re-elected without opposition in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Unopposed in 2014.
- Re-elected 2006 and 2010 with 75 percent or more of the vote.
- Jones became the House Republican whip in January 2009. Before the year was out, she’d advanced to Speaker Pro Tem in the leadership shuffle following Speaker Glenn Richardson’s resignation.
- Appropriations Committee (2005 – 2009, 2011 – present; vice chairman for education, 2005 – 2009)
- Arts & Humanities (2003 – 2004)
- Education (2003 – 2009, 2011 – present)
- Ethics (2009 – present)
- Natural Resources & Environment (2003 – 2006)
- Reapportionment (2005 – present)
- Rules (2009 – present)
- Ways & Means (2007 – 2008)
- Retired. Former marketing executive, Home Box Office.
Business ownership interests
- None disclosed.
- None disclosed.
Real estate holdings
- Personal residence on 8.9 acres in Alpharetta valued at $728,000
- Second home on Tybee Island valued at $244,000
- Cincinnati Financial Corp.
- Europacific Growth Fund
- Growth Fund America
- New Perspective Fund
- Washington Mutual Investment Fund
Payments from state agencies
- None disclosed.
Friends and Family
- Her husband, Kalin Jones, is general counsel for Colonial Pipeline Co.
- Fulton County filed a $92.98 lien for unpaid taxes on Jones’ home in December 2010. The lien was snapped up almost immediately by Vesta Holdings, a company specializing in buying tax liens,
and was released in May 2011.
Donors have given Jones’ campaign committee more than $848,000 since 2002. The breakdown by election cycle:
- 2002: $42,535
- 2003-04: $44,243
- 2005-06: $131,175
- 2007-08: 91,469
- 2009-10: $226,299
- 2011: $205,930
- 2013-14: $161,239
- Reported cash on hand (July 2014): $128,901
- $18,550 Merck, Novartis, Pfizer and other pharmaceutical manufacturers
- $17,600 Georgia Bankers Association and its donors
- $17,500 Select Management Resources, title-pawn lender, & CEO Rod Aycox
- $16,300 Georgia Hospital Association and its donors
- $16,050 American Federation for Children, Students First & other )charter-school advocacy groups
- $14,050 TitleMax & CEO Tracy Young
- $11,750 United Parcel Service & retired executives
- $11,500 Coca-Cola Co. & Coca-Cola Enterprises
- $11,350 UHS-Pruitt Corp., nursing homes
- $11,200 Georgia Association of Realtors
- $11,200 Daniel Phelan, chairman Prommis Solutions LLC
- $9,750 Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
- $9,748 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia & its members
- $9,700 Georgia Apartment Association
- $9,350 Medical Association of Georgia
- $8,300 Georgia Pharmacy Association
- $8,050 Georgia Optometric Association
- $7,750 Walmart
- $7,500 Georgia Dental Association
- $7,300 Troutman Sanders & its lobbyists
Jones, who had no opposition in 2012, spent $9,088 in campaign funds for a rental car for eight months. The expense was described as being for the “election period.” She’s spent a total of $22,621 on rental cars since 2010.
Jones’ campaign also spent:
- $32,797 since 2009 to rent an apartment in Atlanta where she could stay during the legislative session,
- $24,007 since 2006 on cellphone and Blackberry charges, and
- $4,453 since 2007 for DSL and fax line service to her campaign office.
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. Jones’ committee made these political donations, totaling more than $330,000:
- 2006: $11,750
- 2007-08: $51,725
- 2009-10: $125,568
- 2011-12 : $86,725
- 2013-14: $54,750
Lobbyists have reported paying for meals and other gifts for Jones valued at more than $28,000 since 2006. The big spenders: the University System of Georgia ($3,325), the the Georgia Chamber of Commerce ($3,075) and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP ($2,196). The University System paid for Jones’ meals and lodging on a 2009 trip to Southern California to look at Georgia State University’s observatory on Mount Wilson. (Jones’ campaign paid for the airfare.) BFF lobbyist: Georgia State’s Tom Lewis, who organized the California trip.
- 2006: $1,318
- 2007: $1,297
- 2008: $4,751
- 2009: $5,283
- 2010: $6,614
- 2011: $5,474
- 2012: $3,668
- 2013: $1,421
- 2014: $1,188 through June 30
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:
- 2005: $668 (5 days)
- 2006: $2,324 (17 days)
- 2007: $7,306 (40 days)
- 2008: $6,789 (37 days)
- 2009: $9,992 (54 days) #10 in House
- 2010: $3,660 (20 days)
- 2011: $5,312 (29 days)
- 2012: $9,661 (47 days) #9 in House
- 2013: $9,699 (45 days) #12 in House
Posted Dec. 4, 2012; last updated July 8, 2014