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    Superintendent candidate Mike Buck


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    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: 

    Michael Lawrence Buck

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    Mike Buck

    Mike Buck

    Buck’s biggest donor so far is International Teacher Training Institute Global (ITTI Global), an organization with offices in Duluth that organized a 2013 cultural exchange with South Korea for Georgia teachers. ITTI also donated $20,000 to Buck’s boss, state School Superintendent John Barge, for his 2014 race for governor. Overall, Buck has raised about $30,000 for his campaign through mid-July.

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     Political career

    • Ran first with 19.5% in the May 2014 Republican primary for state school superintendent; faces Irwin County educator Richard Woods in the July 2014 runoff.


    • Chief academic officer, Georgia Department of Education, earning $128,224 in 2013.

    Business ownership interests

    • None disclosed.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • None disclosed

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence in Rome valued for tax purposes at $204,000.

    Other investments

    • None disclosed.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Campaign contributions

    Donors have given more than $28,000 to Buck’s campaign.

    • Reported cash on hand (July 2014): $11,608

    Top donors

    • $5,000 ITTI Global Inc. (International Teacher Training Institute), Duluth, Ga.
    • $2,750 co-workers at Georgia Department of Education
    • $2,000 Lewis Blanchard, president Executive Marketing Services, Augusta, Ga.
    • $2,000 Rep. Randy Nix (R-LaGrange)
    • $2,000 William Byington, attorney, Rome, Ga. (cash & in-kind)
    • $1,000 SRG Technology LLC, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., software developer

    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. Buck’s committee made these contributions:

    • 2014: $120

    Lobbyist freebies

    Since 2006, lobbyists have reported paying $50.56 for meals for Buck:

    • 2011: $3.97 from the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education
    • 2012: $46.59 from The College Board
    • 2013: $0
    • 2014: $0 through June 30

     Posted by Jim Walls, July 20, 2014





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