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    ATL District 1: Carla Smith

     

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    Leaders in the public sector have plenty of public resources to promote their political views, accomplishments and experience. Often much more can be found in the public record: personal and campaign finance disclosures, expense reports, and business, tax and court filings. Here’s what they show: 

    Carla Ann Smith

    Official website

    Campaign website

    Born: 1961

    Carla Smith

    Carla Smith

    Overview

    Carla Smith, seeking her fourth term on City Council, has raised a relatively modest $158,000 in campaign funds since 2001. Of her $148,000 in itemized donations, real-estate development interests gave at least $56,050, or 38 percent, an analysis of campaign disclosures shows. Engineers and other construction contractors kicked in another $9,900. The Atlanta Braves, who play their home games in District 1, along with Turner Field food vendor Aramark and broadcaster TBS donated $8,900 between them.

     Political career

    • Worked as administrative assistant to City Council member Vern McCarty from 1994 to 2001, when he chose not to seek re-election.
    • Elected to McCarty’s Council seat in 2001, winning a runoff with 69% of the vote. She defeated future Common Cause Georgia director William Perry and three other candidates.
    • Re-elected in 2005 and 2009 with no opposition.
    • Re-elected in 2013 with 77 percent of the vote.

    Committee assignments

    • City Utilities
    • Transportation
    • Zoning

    Employment

    • Member, Atlanta City Council.
    • No other outside income greater than $5,000 disclosed.

    Business ownership interests

    • None disclosed.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • None disclosed.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence valued at $133,000.

    Other investments

    • None disclosed.

    Conflicts of Interest

    • None disclosed.

    Campaign contributions

    Donors have given more than $158,000 to Smith’s campaign committee since 2001. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 2001: $39,615
    • 2002-05: $42,296
    • 2006-09: $41,988
    • 2010-13: $36,050
    • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 25, 2013): $22,127

    Top donors

    • $5,150 Atlanta Braves
    • $4,900 Vern McCarty, developer & former city council member
    • $4,500 A Tow Atlanta Inc.
    • $4,000 The Buckhead Coalition, community advocacy
    • $4,000 McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, law/lobbying firm
    • $4,000 Six Feet Under LLC, restaurant
    • $3,000 Atlantic Station LLC
    • $3,000 MWH/KHAFRA Joint Venture, engineering & program management
    • $2,500 Braden/Fellman Group Ltd., property management
    • $2,500 Master ConcessionAir LLC/Worldwide Concessions, Miami, Fla.
    • $2,500 Kasim Reed for Mayor Inc.
    • $2,500 Wilson Brock & Irby LLC, law firm

    Campaign-to-campaign donations

    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. Smith’s committee made these contributions:

    • 2002-05: $4,500
    • 2006-09: $1,000
    • 2010-13: $2,500

    Posted Oct. 30, 2013; updated Nov. 21, 2013.

     

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