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    Rep. Meagan Hanson (HD 80)

     

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    Jennifer Meagan Myers Hanson

    (R-Brookhaven)

     

    District 80 (DeKalb & Fulton counties)

     

    Meagan Hanson

    Meagan Hanson

    Meagan Hanson has reported making about $3,200 in loans to her campaign that — because of specific amounts such as $490.66 and $397.22 — appear instead to be in-kind expenditures. If they are, the campaign should report the purpose and end recipient of the spending, as required by state law.


    Hanson has disavowed any association with an entity calling itself Super Friends for Meagan Hanson, which mailed out a campaign flyer, attacking her opponent in the July 26 Republican primary runoff. After Hanson tracked down the company that printed the mailers, Democratic activist James Carter took credit for sending out the mailer. Carter is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.

    Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Political career

    • Worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
    • Registered in Georgia as a lobbyist for the American Institute of Architects in 2012 and 2013.
    • Elected to the House, 50.5-49.5%, in 2016, unseating Rep. Taylor Bennett. Her victory margin was about 250 votes.

    Committees

    • Judiciary (2017 – )
    • Special Rules (2017 – )
    • Transportation (2017 – )

    Employment

    • Attorney, associate at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle LLC.

    Business ownership interests

    • None disclosed.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • Chair, Georgia Young Republicans.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence in DeKalb County valued at $471,000.

    Other investments

    • None disclosed.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Campaign contributions

    Hanson has raised more than $142,000 in political donations. She’s also loaned her campaign more than $13,000.

    • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $21,999

    Top donors

    • $53,981 Reps. John Meadows & other Republican lawmakers
    • $4,550 Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, law firm
    • $4,500 Joseph Ivey, Alpharetta, Ga., attorney GHI Ventures LLC
    • $3,369 Weathington Smith P.C., law firm
    • $2,750 J.D. Clockadale, Brookhaven, Ga., author
    • $2,600 The Right Group PAC
    • $2,600 RPM Warranty Corp., Atlanta, Ga.
    • $2,550 Georgia Association of Realtors & lobbyist Hayley McCloud
    • $2,500 Gordon Austin, Carrollton, Ga., retired
    • $2,500 John Geary, Atlanta, Ga., president GLM Development
    • $2,458 Josh & Annie Roland, Woodstock, Ga., partner The Benefit Planning Group
    • $1,919 PGRLLC Inc. & lobbyist Don Bolia

    Campaign selfies

    Hanson has loaned her campaign $3,245 that appears instead to consist of in-kind expenditures. One $1,000 loan on May 20 appears to have been made to cover a marketing expense of that amount that the campaign paid a few days later. In-kind expenditures, under state law, should be reported with the purpose and end recipient of the spending. Hanson did not respond to phone and email messages seeking comment.

    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. Hanson’s campaign has made no such donations.

     Updated Jan. 15, 2017

     

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