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    Sen. Horacena Tate (SD 38): State funds for day care undisclosed

     

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    Horacena Edwean Tate Powell (D-Atlanta)

    SD 38 (Fulton & Cobb counties)

     

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    Born: 1956

    Horacena Tate

    Horacena Tate

    Prior to May 2014, Horacena Tate did not disclose her role as CEO of an Atlanta day-care center, the Ashby Street Learning Academy, which has since closed. Nor did she disclose her role as partial owner of the day care, the company that leased it space or payments of $560,000 to Ashby Street from the state Department of Early Care and Learning since 2009. Tate amended her most recent disclosure to include fiduciary positions for Ashby Street and several other for- and non-profit corporations after Atlanta Unfiltered called the omissions to her attention.

    Political career

    • Ran for the Senate in 1996, losing the Democratic nomination to Ralph David Abernathy III, 62% to 38%.
    • Won the same Senate seat in 1998, defeating then-Fulton County Commissioner Gordon Joyner in a primary runoff by one vote.
    • Re-elected in 2000 with 77% of the vote over former Rep. Henrietta Canty.
    • Re-elected in 2002, 2004 and 2006 without opposition.
    • Re-elected with 64 percent% of the vote or more in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
    • Faces challenger James (J.W.) Morrow Jr. in the 2016 general election.

    Committee assignments

    • Appropriations (2003 – present)
    • Education and Youth (2007 – present)
    • Reapportionment and Redistricting (2011 – present)
    • Rules (2013 – present)
    • State and Local Governmental Operations (1999 –  2006, 2011 – present)
    • Urban Affairs (2007 – present)
    • Children & Youth (2003 – 2004)
    • Health & Human Services (1999 – 2002, 2005 – 2012)
    • Judiciary (2001- 2002)
    • MARTA Oversight (2001 – 2002)
    • Retirement (1999 – 2010)
    • Transportation (1999 – 2000)

    Employment

    • Retired.
    • Formerly a trainer and technical writer, Tate, Marsh and Associates Inc.

    Business ownership interests

    • Spouse: JAB Inc., dba Unity Mortuary, Knoxville Tenn.
    • Spouse: A.V. Powell & Associates LLC, actuarial consulting firm.
    • Spouse: A.V. Powell Inc.
    • UNDISCLOSED: Ashby Street Learning Academy Inc. Tate said the business was closed in 2013.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • Officer, Tabar Inc., management of building that rented space to Ashby Street Learning Academy.
    • Board member, Dr. Horace E. Tate Scholarship Fund Inc.
    • Board member, Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia Inc.
    • Board member, Carrie Steele-Pitts Home Inc., non-profit children’s home.
    • A 2010 tax filing also identified Tate as a principal officer of the Georgia Civic Education League Inc. Tate said that she was never an officer of the league and that an accountant added her name to the tax filing in error.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence in Atlanta valued at $41,000.
    • Spouse: rental property in Sandy Springs valued at $401,000.
    • Spouse: investment property in Atlanta valued at $826,000.
    • Spouse: residence in Knoxville, Tenn., valued at $105,000.

    Other investments

    • None disclosed.

    Payments from state agencies

    • UNDISCLOSED: Ashby Street Learning Center collected $560,933 from the state Department of Early Care and Learning from 2009 to 2013.

     Friends and Family

    • Tate’s father, the late Horace Tate, was a state senator for 18 years and served as executive secretary of the Georgia Association of Educators.

    Campaign contributions

    Tate has raised more than $434,000 in campaign donations since 1998. She’s also loaned $53,800 to her campaign since 2010. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 1998: $56,041
    • 1999-2000: $68,929
    • 2001-02: $24,075
    • 2003-04: $9,418
    • 2005-06: $8,400
    • 2007-08: $35,022
    • 2009-10: $69,881
    • 2011-12: $51,325
    • 2013-14: $55,900
    • 2015-16: $73,650
    • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $39,992

    Top donors

    • $19,955 Sen. Steve Henson and other Democratic legislators
    • $22,400 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • $11,350 Georgia Dental Association
    • $9,450 Georgia Association of Educators
    • $8,350 Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
    • $7,228 Coca-Cola & the Georgia Beverage Association
    • $6,500 International Brotherhood of Teamsters
    • $5,500 Associated General Contractors of Georgia
    • $5,350 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
    • $5,250 Georgia Optometric Association
    • $4,950 Eli Lilly & Co.
    • $4,800 Georgia’s Win List
    • $4,700 Georgia Association of Realtors
    • $4,600 Planned Parenthood of Georgia
    • $4,500 Stephen E. Draper, Atlanta, Ga., attorney
    • $4,350 Pfizer Inc.
    • $4,209 Georgia Automobile Dealers Association
    • $4,200 Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists
    • $4,150 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia
    • $4,000 Georgia Chiropractic Association

    Campaign selfies

    Tate’s campaign paid Tabar Inc. $1,950 in rent for six months in 2002, a year in which she ran unopposed for re-election, and $1,000 in 2008. The campaign paid Tabar $1,750 in rent from 2003 through 2005.

    Campaign-to-campaign donations

    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. Tate’s committee made these political donations:

    • 1999-2000: $0
    • 2001-02: $1,950
    • 2003-04: $750
    • 2005-06: $1,000
    • 2007-08: $0
    • 2009-10: $1,200
    • 2011-12: $1,850
    • 2013-14: $1,500

    Lobbyist gifts

    Lobbyists have disclosed paying more than $7,400 for meals and other gifts for Tate since 2006. The big spenders:

    • $1,274 AT&T
    • $1,234 Georgia Chamber of Commerce
    • $633 Georgia Power Co.
    • $412 Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia
    • $369 Usry Consulting

    Committee days & travel expenses

    When out of session, legislators may collect $173 per day plus mileage for committee meetings or other official business. (Per diem was $127 until 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.

    • 2001: $5,292 (39 days)
    • 2002: $4,032 (30 days)
    • 2003: $4,564 (34 days)
    • 2004: $4,500 (34 days)
    • 2005: $2,141 (16 days)
    • 2006: $3,351 (25 days)
    • 2007: $4,820 (31 days)
    • 2008: $12,859 (68 days) #9 in Senate
    • 2009: $5,344 (29 days)
    • 2010: $4,113 (23 days)
    • 2011: $8,958 (43 days)
    • 2012: $4,526 (25 days)
    • 2013: $2,648 (13 days)
    • 2014: $4,954 (27 days)
    • 2015: $1,608 (9 days)

    Updated Nov. 3, 2016

     

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