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Ga.’s earmark king seeks chair of House Appropriations

Ga.'s earmark king seeks chair of House Appropriations
November 20, 2010 --

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston championed more earmark spending last year than any other Georgia congressman. Now he’s running to lead the House Appropriations Committee. Kingston touted his anti-earmark credentials Friday in announcing his bid for Appropriations chair. Data shows he sponsored or co-sponsored $211 million in earmarks since 2008.

Sept. 10

September 10, 2010 --

Sanford Bishop steered scholarships to family Disabled Georgians sue over program cuts DeKalb: ‘Accreditation is safe’; lawmakers not so sure State Board of Education adopts governance, ethics standards Still no sale of Golf Hall property DA names special prosecutor for Warner Robins councilman

Loophole lets legislators pocket $343K despite session ban

Loophole lets legislators pocket $343K despite session ban
May 11, 2010 --

Georgia legislators cannot accept campaign contributions while they are in session. Except when they can. Four lawmakers running for Congress collected more than $343,000 in campaign funds between them while the General Assembly was in session this year, federal campaign filings show. Rep. Clay Cox, seeking the seat being vacated by Congressman John Linder, led the pack with $114,712.

LegiStorm unveils searchable database of Congressional earmarks

LegiStorm unveils searchable database of Congressional earmarks
September 21, 2009 --

A new, searchable database lets you sift through $20 billion in congressional pork, also known as earmarks, for the last two fiscal years. The data shows Georgia collected $2.1 billion of the national total. Just looking at “solo” sponsorship, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop led Georgia’s congressional delegation with $46.9 million directed to the state in FY 2008 and 2009.

Sanford Bishop campaign drops another $30K on legal fees

Sanford Bishop campaign drops another $30K on legal fees
July 25, 2009 --

Congressman Sanford Bishop’s campaign spent another $30,000 on legal fees last month, presumably related to a GBI investigation of his stepdaughter’s job with a federally funded program, federal election records show. The campaign account paid Greenberg Traurig $25,000 in March, shortly after the investigation made news.

Prolific fund-raiser Broun spends $72K with campaign treasurer’s companies

Prolific fund-raiser Broun spends $72K with campaign treasurer's companies
July 17, 2009 --

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has raised nearly $605,000 in campaign funds this year, more than any other Georgia congressman, new financial disclosures show. To do that, he has spent heavily on fund-raising, including $72,652 paid to three companies affiliated with Paul Kilgore, his campaign treasurer.

Congressman’s daughter omitted income from court program

	  Congressman's daughter omitted income from court program
May 11, 2009 --

May 11 — Congressman Sanford Bishop’s stepdaughter did not report income that is the subject of a GBI investigation in Columbus, DeKalb County court records show. Aayesha Owens Reese and her husband were paid a total of $14,850 since 2007 by the Junior Marshal program of Muscogee County Marshal Greg Countryman, according to published reports. […]