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    Rep. Dale Rutledge (HD 109)


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    Roger Dale Rutledge (R-McDonough)


    District 109 (Henry, Newton & Rockdale counties)


    Rep. Dale Rutledge

    Rep. Dale Rutledge

    Owing to his membership on the House Regulated Industries Committee, Rutledge has collected more than $12,000 in donations from the alcohol and tobacco interests that it oversees. Donors include Anheuser-Busch, Altria, MillerCoors, R.J. Reynolds and the trade groups for Georgia’s ber and liquor distributors.

    While running an ethics-based campaign against a House incumbent in 2012, Rutledge lodged a complaint against himself. It cost him $975.

    His complaint acknowledged that he had contributed about $7,200 to his campaign before filing the necessary paperwork to begin accepting donations. The state ethics commission’s staff, looking further, found Rutledge had also failed to report three $1,000 contributions in the weeks before the July 2012 GOP primary.

    Because of a case backlog, the commission took three years to resolve Rutledge’s complaint. He negotiated a consent order with the commission and wound up paying a $975 fine.

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    Campaign website

    Voting record

    Born: 1963

    Political career

    • Elected to the House in 2012 after unseating Rep. Steve Davis 65-35% in the GOP primary.
    • Re-elected without opposition in 2014.
    • Re-elected 58-42% in 2016 over Democratic challenger Jane Askew Rutledge, his aunt by marriage.


    • Judiciary (2013 – present)
    • Regulated Industries (2013 – present)
    • Transportation (2015 – present)
    • Ways & Means (2015 – present)
    • Agriculture & Consumer Affairs (2013 – 2016)


    • Owner, Expo-Link Cargo Inc., trade-show logistics.
    • Business development, J&P Hall Express, Forest Park Ga., freight hauling.

    Business ownership interests

    • Owner, Expo-Link Cargo Inc.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • None disclosed.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence valued at $237,000.
    • Rental home valued at $137,000.
    • Rental property in Greene County valued at $294,000.

    Other investments

    • None disclosed.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Friends & family

    Rutledge’s campaign donated $3,000 in 2016 to the Beacon Institute on Policy and Finance, a political action committee co-founded by lobbyist William Woodall.

    Campaign contributions

    Rutledge has raised more than $179,000 in political donations and loaned his campaign $8,560. The breakdown by election cycle:

    • 2012: $65,073
    • 2013-14: $43,784
    • 2015-16: $70,595
    • Reported cash on hand (Jan. 2017): $23,459

    Top donors

    • $37,165 Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones & other Republican lawmakers
    • $4,500 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association & leadership
    • $4,000 Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association
    • $3,240 Todd Moore, Hampton, Ga., owner J&P Hall Express Trucking
    • $3,000 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia
    • $2,650 Encompass Group LLC executives, McDonough, Ga., health care apparel
    • $2,500 Scott Renfroe, McDonough, Ga., owner Renfroe Valley Farms
    • $2,350 Hospital Discount Drugs, Griffin, Ga., & owner Blake Daniel
    • $2,320 David Troy, McDonough, Ga., owner Troy Logistics
    • $2,250 Altria / Philip Morris USA
    • $2,050 Bellamy-Strickland Chevrolet GMC Buick Isuzu

    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. Rutledge’s campaign made these donations:

    • 2012: $500
    • 2013-14: $11,995
    • 2015-16: $8,424
    Lobbyist freebies

    Since 2012, lobbyists have reported paying more than $1,500 for meals and other gifts for Rutledge. The big spenders:
    • $225 Georgia Municipal Association
    • $150 Georgia Power Co.

    Committee days & travel

    When out of session, legislators may collect $173 per day plus mileage for 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.

    • 2013: $1,686 (8 days)
    • 2014: $3,205 (15 days)
    • 2015: $3,896 (19 days)

     Updated Jan. 15, 2017





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