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    Rep. Taylor Bennett (HD 80)


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    Taylor J. Bennett (D-Brookhaven)


    District 80 (DeKalb & Fulton counties)


    Bennett Taylor

    Taylor Bennett

    Taylor Bennett’s biggest donors have been traditional Democratic allies — trial lawyers and unions. He’s also collected more than $14,000 from other Democratic legislators.

    Legislative website

    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Born: 1985

    Political career

    • Elected to the House in 2015, winning a special election runoff 55-45% over former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis.
    • Faces Republican candidate Meagan Hanson in the 2016 general election.

    Committee assignments

    • Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight (2015 – present)
    • Judiciary (2015 – present)
    • Small Business Development (2015 – present)


    • Attorney. Associate, Barrett & Farahany LLP.

    Business ownership interests

    • Bennett Law Group.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • None disclosed.

    Real estate holdings

    • None disclosed.

    Other investments

    • None disclosed.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Friends and Family

    NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who played two seasons at Georgia Tech when Bennett was back-up quarterback, gave $2,500 to his 2015 campaign.

    Campaign contributions

    Bennett has raised more than $209,000 in political donations since 2015. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 2015 special election: $79,911
    • 2015-16: $129,766
    • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $77,846

    Top donors

    • $14,225 Rep. Ronnie Mabra & other Democratic lawmakers
    • $13,000 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association & leadership
    • $7,900 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
    • $6,100 Mary Ellen Imlay, Atlanta, Ga., retired
    • $5,500 Morgan & Morgan P.A., law firm
    • $5,700 Amanda Farahany & Teguiero Smith, attorneys Barrett Farahany LLP
    • $5,100 LL Atlanta LLC dba Opera Atlanta Transportation
    • $5,100 Timothy Muir, VP Choice Hotels
    • $3,800 Michael Muir, VP Best Western Hotels
    • $3,100 Red Clay Democrats PAC
    • $2,600 David Dechman, CEO Summitt Rock Advisors
    • $2,600 Jon Stryker, executive Stream Line Circle

    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. Bennett’s campaign made these donations:

    • 2015: $500
    Lobbyist freebies

    Since 2015, lobbyists have reported paying more than $400 for meals and other gifts for Bennett. The big spender:
    • $70 The Latin American 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: $186 (1 day)

     Posted Oct. 23, 2016





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    2 Responses to “Rep. Taylor Bennett (HD 80)”

    1. Gaye Stathis says:

      Taylor Bennett looks pretty squeaky clean to me per the information you’ve posted here. Surprised you categorized a $70 transaction as a “Big Spender”.

    2. Jim Walls says:

      Everyone gets at least one Big Spender, no matter the amount.

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