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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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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.

Committees

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

Employment

  • 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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