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    Rep. Beth Beskin (HD 54)

     

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    Elizabeth Alford Beskin (R-Atlanta)

    District 54 (Fulton County)

     

    Beth Beskin

    Beth Beskin

    Beth Beskin’s two most generous blocs of donors are the Thomas family, owners of Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators, and the physicians of Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic, where her husband is an orthopedic surgeon. Arrow’s PAC and the extended Thomas family have given more than $44,000 to her campaign; the company’s board chairman, Joe Thomas, hosted her 2014 campaign kickoff.

    Beskin’s personal financial disclosures have not listed her affiliation with the law firm of Cohen Cooper Estep & Allen LLC, where she focuses on family law & estate planning. Beskin’s LinkedIn profile says she’s been a partner at the firm since 2011.

    Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Born: 1959

    Political career

    • Ran for state Senate in 2010, losing 64-36% to incumbent Horacena Tate.
    • Started a campaign fund for the Senate seat eventually won by Hunter Hill, but dropped out before qualifying.
    • Elected to the House in 2014 with 59% of the vote over two opponents, having avoided a GOP primary runoff when candidate John McCloskey withdrew.
    • Re-elected 61-39% in 2016 over Democratic 2014 challenger Bob Gibeling.

    Committees

    • Education (2015 – present)
    • Judiciary (2015 – present)
    • MARTA Oversight (2015 – present)
    • Regulated Industries (2017 – )
    • State Planning & Community Affairs (2015 – present)

    Employment

    • UNDISCLOSED Partner, Cohen Cooper Estep & Allen LLC, practicing family law & estate planning.

    Business ownership interests

    • President, Elizabeth A. Beskin P.C., legal services.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • Board member, Brandon Neighborhood Association.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence in Atlanta valued at $1,085,000.
    • Vacation cottage in Pine Mountain valued at $90,000.
    • Spouse: Undeveloped lot in McIntosh County valued at $40,000.

    Other investments

    • General Electric Co.
    • Habersham Partners 33 LLC
    • Home Depot Inc.
    • Starbucks Corp.
    • The Southern Co.
    • Spouse: Bristol Myers Squibb
    • Spouse: Exxon Mobil
    • Spouse: Iberia Bancshares
    • Numerous mutual funds & municipal bonds

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Friends & family

    • Deborah Silcox, the GOP’s 2016 nominee in House District 52, was Beskin’s 2014 campaign chairman. Their husbands are both surgeons at Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic.

    Campaign contributions

    Beskin has raised more than $446,000 in political donations and put more than $89,000 of her money into her campaigns. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 2010: $76,721
    • 2011-12: $9,150 (all refunded to donors)
    • 2013-24: $190,490
    • 2015-16: $169,072
    • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $104,738

    Top donors

    • $68,400 Rep. Butch Parrish & other Republican lawmakers
    • $44,279 Arrow Exterminators, executives & extended families
    • $37,300 Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic & physicians
    • $6,025 Beaconcast Media Companies Inc. & owners (advertising)
    • $5,800 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association & president-elect Adam Malone
    • $5,000 Select Management Resources LLC, title-pawn lender
    • $4,500 Georgia Orthopaedic Society
    • $4,100 AT&T
    • $3,711 Warner, Mayoue, Bates & McGough, law firm
    • $3,650 Resurgens P.C. & physicians
    • $3,400 George Fryhofer III, Atlanta, Ga., attorney Butler Wooten & Fryhofer LLP

    Campaign selfies

    Beskin’s campaign reimbursed her for $983 in expenses in 2010 without identifying the end recipient 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. Beskin’s campaign made these donations:

    • 2015-16: $650
    Lobbyist freebies

    Since 2014, lobbyists have reported paying more than $2,900 for meals and other gifts for Beskin. The big spenders:
    • $1,097 Georgia Chamber of Commerce
    • $111 Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association

    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: $2,765 (14 days)

     Updated Nov. 9, 2016

     

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