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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 $263,000 — 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 $23,940 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.
Jones received a $1,954 “scholarship” in 2007 to attend a meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, according to records posted online by the national office of Common Cause. ALEC, a national advocacy group that promotes passage of laws based on conservative and free-market principles, has no registered lobbyists in Georgia, so state law does not require disclosure of such payments.
- 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.
- 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 – )
- 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 $638,000 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
- Reported cash on hand (Jan. 2013): $89,393
- $16,750 Merck, Novartis, Pfizer and other pharmaceutical manufacturers
- $14,100 Georgia Bankers Association and members
- $14,300 Georgia Hospital Association and members
- $12,390 Select Management Resources & CEO Rod Aycox
- $12,250 United Parcel Service & retired executives
- $11,550 TitleMax & CEO Tracy Young
- $11,200 Daniel Phelan, chairman Prommis Solutions LLC
- $10,350 UHS-Pruitt Corp., nursing homes
- $9,350 Medical Association of Georgia
- $9,200 American Federation for Children, All Children Matter
- $8,750 Coca-Cola Co., Coca-Cola Enterprises
- $8,750 Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
- $8,700 Georgia Association of Realtors
- $8,200 Georgia Apartment Association
- $7,300 Georgia Pharmacy Association
- $6,750 Walmart
- $6,550 Georgia Optometric Association
- $6,400 Ex-Rep. Mark Burkhalter
- $6,250 Georgia Dental Association
- $6,200 Home Builders Association of Georgia
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 spent $4,150 on rental cars in 2010 and 2011.
Jones’ campaign also spent:
- $20,697 since 2009 to rent an apartment in Atlanta where she could stay during the legislative session,
- $18,491 since 2006 on cellphone charges, and
- $4,846 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 $275,000:
- 2006: $11,750
- 2007-08: $51,725
- 2009-10: $125,568
- 2011-12 : $86,725
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 ($3,303), McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP ($2,162) and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce ($1,716). 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: $387 through Feb. 28
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: $3,022 (15 days through April 25) #16 in House
Updated April 25, 2013