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Leaders in the public sector have plenty of public resources to promote their political views, accomplishments and experience. But 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:
Senate District 21 (Cherokee and Fulton counties)
When Brandon Beach first ran for the Senate in 2010, he raised $13,600 to be spent on the general election once he became the Republican nominee. He didn’t make it that far, though, losing a primary runoff by a thin margin.
State law requires candidates to refund contributions raised for an election in which they’re not on the ballot. Beach’s campaign kept those donations in his campaign account, using some for expenses and rolling the rest over to his 2012 race. State law may allow some of that money to be reallocated after the fact to cover 2010 primary or runoff expenses, but at least $8,400 could not be redesignated since it came from donors who had reached contribution limits for those races.
Beach said he had no idea the money should have been refunded.
“If I made any mistakes, it was unintentional,” he said. “If I made a mistake, it’s a mistake, and I’ll correct it.”
Donations that were over the limit for the 2010 primary and runoff included: $3,600 from the Georgia Highway Contractors Association, $2,400 from C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., $1,200 from former Rep. Mark Burkhalter and $1,200 from Wellington Healthcare.
- Served 2000-04 as a member of the Alpharetta City Council.
- Appointed in 2004 to the board of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.
- Elected in 2008 to the board of the Georgia Department of Transportation by state legislators from the 6th Congressional District.
- Ran for the state Senate in 2010, finishing first in the Republican primary but losing a runoff to eventual winner John Albers by 201 votes.
- Won 41 percent of the vote in a primary challenge to Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers after finding that his home was been placed in a different Senate district.
- Won a January 2013 special election against former Rep. Sean Jerguson to succeed Rogers, who resigned in December 2012 and took a job with Georgia Public Broadcasting.
- President & CEO, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
- None disclosed.
- Board member, North Fulton Hospital
- Board member, Encore Park for the Arts
- Board member, Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation
- None disclosed.
Real estate holdings
- Personal residence in Alpharetta, valued at $289,000
Business transactions with state government
- None disclosed.
Friends and family
- Retired Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz endorsed Beach’s 2013 bid for the Senate.
Donors have given the candidate’s campaign more than $332,000 since 2010. The breakdown by election cycle:
- 2009-10: $190,984
- 2011-12: $116,310
- 2013 special election: $27,875
- Beach also loaned $15,000 of personal funds to his 2012 campaign.
- Reported cash on hand (Jan. 2013): $3,622
- $15,500 C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. & executives
- $12,500 Yancey Brothers Co., CEO James Stephenson & chairman Goodloe Yancey
- $9,700 Georgia Highway Contractors Association
- $6,900 Select Management Resources Inc. & CEO Rod Aycox (title pawn lender)
- $5,900 Russell Corporate Groups Inc. & affiliates
- $5,500 Mark Hennessy, owner Hennessy Automotive Group
- $5,500 John D. Stephens, pipeline contractor
- $5,000 Orkin & Associates LLC
- $4,800 Friends of Mark Burkhalter
- $4,800 Wellington Healthcare (nursing homes)
- $4,650 Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe & employees of Lowe Engineering
- $4,500 Reeves Construction Co. & vice president Eric Young
- $4,000 Rudy Bowen, DOT board member
- $4,000 Jim Cowart, developer, & family members
- $3,854 Label Source Inc. (in-kind)
- $3,500 Patricia Phelan, Alpharetta, Ga.
- $3,500 World Fiber Technologies Inc.
- $3,000 Penn & Cynthia Hodge, Duluth, Ga.
- $3,000 Mike Nixon, CEO of TCI Inc. and owner of Hawks Ridge Golf Club
- $2,800, Dick Anderson, COO Federal Reserve Board
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. Beach’s committee made these political donations, totaling more than $15,000:
- 2009-10: $3,000
- 2011-12: $500
Lobbyists have reported paying for meals and other gifts valued at more than $700 for Beach since 2008. The big spender: Parson Brinckerhoff ($231).
- 2010: $92
- 2011: $362
- 2012: $289
- 2013: $277 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:
- 2013: $0 through April 25
Updated April 25, 2013