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    Rep. Erica Thomas (HD 39): Accounting error, a few late filings

     

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    Erica R. Thomas (D-Mableton)

     

    District 39 (Cobb County)

     

    Erica Thomas

    Erica Thomas

    Erica Thomas’ campaign disclosures contain accounting errors that have led to her reporting about $2,300 less cash on hand than she really has. She disclosed a closing cash balance of $2,100 in January 2016, for instance, but did not carry it over to her next report. Instead, her March 2016 disclosure reported an opening balance of zero. (A similar discrepancy in 2015 omitted a $188 cash balance.) Thomas said she would review her previous filings and correct any errors.

     Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Born: 1987

    Political career

    • Elected to the House in 2014, winning the Democratic primary with 66% of the vote.
    • Re-elected in 2016 after winning the Democratic primary 58-42%.
    • Ran for vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus in November 2016, losing to Rep. Bob Trammell.

    Committees

    • Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight (2015 – present)
    • Juvenile Justice (2015 – present)
    • Retirement (2017 – )
    • Science and Technology (2015 – present)

    Employment

    • Executive director, Speak Out Loud Inc. (non-profit). The Georgia Secretary of State dissolved the company in February 2016 for failing to renew its registration.

    Business ownership interests

    • None disclosed.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • None disclosed.

    Real estate holdings

    • None disclosed.

    Other investments

    • None disclosed.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Friends and Family

    Late campaign filings

    • Thomas has missed four filing deadlines by two weeks or more, accruing $500 in penalties.

    Campaign contributions

    Thomas has raised more than $25,000 in political donations since 2014. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 2014: $18,516
    • 2015-16: $7,100
    • Reported cash on hand (April 2016): $5,000
    • Actual cash on hand (April 2016): probably closer to $7,300

    Top donors

    • $1,515 Rep. Stacey Evans & other Democratic lawmakers
    • $4,500 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • $1,600 Marsha Shackleford, Atlanta, Ga., owner Bottle Bar (in-kind)
    • $1,000 American Federation for Children
    • $1,000 law firm of ex-Gov. Roy Barnes

    Campaign selfies

    • Thomas’ campaign reimbursed her for $2,505 in expenses in 2014 without disclosing the end recipient of the funds, as required by state law.

    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. Thomas has made no such donations.

    Lobbyist freebies

    Since 2014, lobbyists have reported paying more than $1,300 for meals and other gifts for Thomas. The big spender: McGuire Woods Consulting ($267).
    • 2014: $116
    • 2015: $1,027
    • 2016: $186 through March 31

    Committee days & travel expenses

    When out of session, legislators may collect $173 per day plus mileage for committee meetings or other official business. Those living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging.

    • 2015: $3,675 (17 days)

    Posted by Jim Walls, April 28, 2016

     

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