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Profiles in courage: Funder of attack ads wants secrecy for donors

Profiles in courage: Funder of attack ads wants secrecy for donors
November 8, 2010 --

An advocacy group that spent $152,000 to help dump Georgia Congressman Jim Marshall wants to keep the identity of its donors secret. But it can’t, at least when it tries to influence state and local campaigns, under a draft opinion under review by the State Ethics Commission. The Center for Individual Freedom, led by CEO Jeffrey L. Mazzella, asked in August whether it could avoid disclosing donors for its political ads.

Ralston campaign’s $137K take nears Richardson’s pre-session total

Ralston campaign's $137K take nears Richardson's pre-session total
April 7, 2010 --

State Rep. David Ralston’s campaign raised $137,750 in less than a month after Republicans chose him to be speaker of the House, disclosure reports show. He had less than half the fund-raising time as his predecessor, Glenn Richardson, before his first legislative session as speaker, but Ralston nearly reached Richardson’s total of $149,920. The most generous donors to Ralston: hospitals and the health care industry.

11 lawmakers nudged into filing financial disclosures?

11 lawmakers nudged into filing financial disclosures?
July 23, 2009 --

Eleven state legislators have filed their 2008 financial disclosures since we pointed out Monday that they had missed the July 1 deadline. Good job, guys. That’s 11 down and 26 to go. The latest filers include state Sen. Ralph Hudgens (right), now a candidate for Georgia insurance commissioner.

GA Democratic Party reports 11% dip in fund-raising

GA Democratic Party reports 11% dip in fund-raising
July 10, 2009 --

The Georgia Democratic Party collected about 11 percent less in the first half of 2009 than in the same period in 2007. The party has raised about a hair over $600,000 this year. Anne Cox Chambers (right), who owns the biggest share of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV through Cox Enterprises, is among the biggest donors.

TitleMax gave $192K to pols; no disclosure

TitleMax gave $192K to pols; no disclosure
May 19, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS May 9, 2009 — One of the state’s largest title pawn companies poured $192,000 into Georgia political campaigns, primarily those of state lawmakers, in 2007 and 2008. Nobody really knew that during the 2008 election season, though. Nor was it public knowledge during the 2009 legislative session (which preserved the status quo […]

Missouri developer’s PAC made $123,000 in political donations with no disclosure

Missouri developer's PAC made $123,000 in political donations with no disclosure
May 4, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS May 4, 2009 — A Georgia-based political action committee gave $123,000 in political donations in the 2008 election cycle without reporting them, Atlanta Unfiltered has learned. The PAC is funded primarily by a Missouri developer, Jeffrey E. Smith (right), whose companies receive state and federal tax credits to build low-income housing in […]