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    Rep.-elect Matt Gurtler (HD 8)


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    Matthew Levi Gurtler (R-Tiger)


    District 8 (Rabun, Union, Towns & White counties)


    Matt Gurtler

    Matt Gurtler

    Matt Gurtler’s most generous campaign donor has plunked down $6,600. But a Washington-based advocacy group for school choice and privatization dropped five times as much to support Gurtler’s bid for the House. The American Federation for Children reported spending $20,850 on direct mail, media buys and online ads before the May 24 primary and nearly $13,000 more in advance of the July 26 runoff. Those are considered to be “independent” expenditures and thus are not subject to Georgia’s campaign contribution limits.

    Campaign website

    Political career

    • Elected to the House in 2016 after winning a Republican primary runoff, 61-39%, over Kent Woerner.


    • Interstate Cooperation (2017 – )
    • Small Business Development (2017 – )


    • General contractor.

    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

    • Gurtler worked for four years as an aide to incumbent Rep. Steve Allison, who is not seeking another term.
    • Catherine Bernard, who’s run a few times for a House seat from the Brookhaven area, paid Gurtler about $6,500 for campaign work in 2015.

    Campaign contributions

    Gurtler has raised more than $49,000 in political donations in 2016.

    • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $1,620

    Top donors

    • $5,050 Rep. John Pezold & other Republican lawmakers
    • $6,600 Edward F. Caldwell, Dalton, Ga., computer programmer American Carpet Wholesalers of Georgia
    • $3,800 Paul Gurtler, Clarksville, Ga., general contractor
    • $2,500 Southern Polyurethanes Inc., Blairsville, Ga.
    • $2,000 Friends of Ralph Hudgens Insurance Commissioner
    • $2,000 Johnny Mark Irvin, CEO Rabun County Bank
    • $1,500 William G. Burkart, Perry, Ga., CEO Guardian Centers
    • $1,200 Charles & Wilma Calvert, McDonough, Ga., retired
    • $1,000 Wes Alexander, Rabun Gap, Ga., retired
    • $1,000 American Federation for Children, pro-charter school advocacy group
    • $1,000 Bill Griffin, Duluth, Ga., retired

    Campaign selfies

    •  Gurtler’s campaign reimbursed him for $500 in “initial expenses” without specifying 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. Gurtler’s campaign has made no such donations.

     Updated Jan. 15, 2017





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