PAC Watch: Special-interest groups chip in $1M+ to GA races
Special interests have plunked more than $1 million into statewide and legislative races in Georgia so far this year, the latest financial disclosure reports show.
Health-care interests contributed more than $375,000 of that total, led by United Health Services, a Toccoa-based chain of nursing homes and pharmacies.
Other industries represented among the most generous businesses and political action committees in 2009 include:
— Development interests ($150,000+)
— Lenders ($125,000+)
— Makers and distributors of alcoholic beverages ($100,000+)
— Lobbyists ($75,000+)
Under state law, the first financial disclosure reports for 2009 were due this week. Candidates and donors who give more than $25,000 a year must file the reports with the State Ethics Commission, which makes them available (and searchable) online.
Twenty-three political action committees reported giving more than $15,000 to candidates (virtually all incumbents) or political parties this year.
The top givers:
$79,000 United Health Services
$68,200 Civil Justice PAC (Georgia Trial Lawyers Association)
$55,900 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
$54,703 Georgia Bankers Association
$52,500 Centene Corp.
$41,910 Titlemax of Georgia
$38,000 United Parcel Service
$37,300 Georgia Association of Realtors
$35,000 Georgia Optometric Association
$34,000 Donald M. Leebern III
$33,342 Temple-Inland (Committee for Responsible Government)
$32,750 Georgia Health Care Association
$32,750 McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
$31,250 Georgia Apartment Association (Georgia Better Government Fund)
$30,608 Georgia Wholesalers for Better Government
$28,250 Georgia Credit Union Affiliates
$25,900 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
$24,750 Builders PAC
$24,100 Georgia Pharmacy Services
$24,000 Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
$23,600 Wholesale Distributors for Good Government
$22,250 Georgia Association of Educators
$21,125 Georgia Association of Convenience Stores
$20,800 Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia
$20,300 Donald M. Leebern Jr.
$16,250 Coca-Cola Enterprises
$15,000 Delta Air Lines