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Rep. Rich Golick (HD 40): Insurance industry loves him

Rep. Rich Golick (HD 40): Insurance industry loves him
October 25, 2016 --

Oct. 25, 2016As regional counsel for Allstate, Rich Golick knows insurance. And, campaign finance records show, Big Insurance knows him. Since Golick’s first run for office in 1998, insurance interests have chipped in more than $376,000 — roughly one-third of all his political donations — to elect and keep him in office. Top donors include Allstate (of course), State Farm, GEICO, the American Insurance Association and BlueCross BlueShield.

Rep. Taylor Bennett (HD 80)

Rep. Taylor Bennett (HD 80)
October 23, 2016 --

Oct. 23, 2016 — 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.

Rep. Meagan Hanson (HD 80)

Rep. Meagan Hanson (HD 80)
October 23, 2016 --

Oct. 23, 2016 — 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.

Sen. Tonya Anderson (SD 43)

Sen. Tonya Anderson (SD 43)
October 23, 2016 --

Oct. 23, 2016Ex-Rep. Tonya Anderson plunked down the $400 qualifying fee for her 2016  Senate race in March, but she didn’t file the campaign disclosure that was due a couple weeks later. Not until July 5, that is — after Atlanta Unfiltered had called her twice to ask where it was.

With the late filing, Anderson had accrued $1,250 in unpaid late fees, according to the state ethics commission. All have now been paid.

Ex-Sen. JaNice VanNess (SD 43)

Ex-Sen. JaNice VanNess (SD 43)
October 23, 2016 --

Oct. 23, 2016 — JaNice VanNess’s father and his business have given $14,500 to her campaigns since 2010. One donation, though, may not have been strictly legal. The business gave her $2,500 in July 2014 for the primary election held two months earlier. In Georgia, candidates may only accept donations for an election after the fact if they’re retiring a debt — a restriction that Van Ness said she was unaware of. She returned the money after losing the 2014 general election.

Rep. Beth Beskin (HD 54)

Rep. Beth Beskin (HD 54)
October 22, 2016 --

Check out our other politician profiles The information on Atlanta Unfiltered is free to all — except me. Use the Donate button on this page to help produce more articles like this one. Elizabeth Alford Beskin (R-Atlanta) District 54 (Fulton County)   Beth Beskin’s two most generous blocs of donors are the Thomas family, owners […]

HD 54 candidate Bob Gibeling

HD 54 candidate Bob Gibeling
October 21, 2016 --

Oct. 20, 2016 –– Bob Gibeling has politics in his blood. Both his grandfather and great-grandfather served on the Waycross City Council, and his great-grandfather served in the Georgia House from 1927 to 1930. This is Gibeling’s second race against Rep. Beth Beskin, who won in 2014.

Rep. Joyce Chandler (HD 105): Disputed tax liens top $525K

Rep. Joyce Chandler (HD 105): Disputed tax liens top $525K
October 20, 2016 --

Oct. 20, 2016 — Rep. Joyce Chandler and her husband owe more than a half-million dollars in back income taxes, federal tax collectors say, and the amount appears to be growing.

The IRS in July filed a lien for $519,000 including interest and penalties, just the latest development in a decade-long attempt to collect taxes from the legislator and her husband, Martin.

“It was all my deal. She had nothing to do with it,” Martin Chandler said.

HD 105 candidate Donna McLeod: Racial gerrymandering alleged

HD 105 candidate Donna McLeod: Racial gerrymandering alleged
October 20, 2016 --

Oct, 20, 2016 — Donna McLeod — a plaintiff in a suit alleging political gerrymandering of local posts in Gwinnett County — says district lines were also redrawn to help her opponent in a state legislative seat.

McLeod is running against Rep. Joyce Chandler, a Republican who’s won two close elections by about 550 and 800 votes. A 2015 redistricting removed a majority-minority precinct where Chandler lost by more than 600 votes the year before and added two precincts where white voters outnumber minorities by more than 3-to-1.

Pumpkingate remains in limbo in Dawsonville 1st amendment case

Pumpkingate remains in limbo in Dawsonville 1st amendment case
October 4, 2016 --

#Pumpkingate played out again in a Dawson County courtroom today. But with no immediate resolution, Nydia Tisdale still is not #free.

House candidate Alan Cole (HD 80)

House candidate Alan Cole (HD 80)
July 21, 2016 --

July 21, 2016 — Alan Cole has not disclosed ownership of three limited liability companies that are the actual owners of rental homes that he lists on his personal financial disclosure. They are: Ashwoody Leonard LLC, Fancher LLC and The Harts Mill Barn LLC. Each one lists Cole’s home address as its principal office address in filings with the Georgia secretary of state.

Rep.-elect Matt Gurtler (HD 8)

Rep.-elect Matt Gurtler (HD 8)
July 21, 2016 --

July 21, 2016 — Matt Gurtler’s most generous campaign donor has plunked down $4,000. But a Washington-based advocacy group for school choice and privatization dropped eight times as much to support Gurtler’s bid for the House. The American Federation for Children reported spending $20,850 on direct mail, media buys and online ads before the May 24 primary and nearly $13,000 more in advance of the July 26 runoff. Those are considered to be “independent” expenditures and thus are not subject to Georgia’s campaign contribution limits.