Ralston campaign’s $137K take nears Richardson’s pre-session total
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.
Richardson’s campaign raised $149,920 in nine weeks between his selection as speaker and the start of the 2005 legislative session. Ralston was chosen Dec. 17 and could only raise campaign funds for three and a half weeks before this year’s session.
The bulk of Ralston’s campaign cash came at a Jan. 7 fund-raiser. A first pass through the numbers shows these clusters of contributors:
- Hospital and health care interests, $30,300
- Lobbyists, $14,300 from 18 individuals or firms
- Gas stations, $4,000 in 14 smaller donations
- Title pawn interests, $8,150
- Other legislators, $8,200
The disclosures also list a cross-section of Georgia business interests, including:
- Corrections Corp. of America, operator of several private prisons in the state,
- Georgia Truck PAC,
- liquor distributor Donald Leebern and son,
- The Georgia Food Industry Association and the Peanut Shellers Association,
- Comcast Cable,
- The National Federation of Independent Businesses,
- C.W. Matthews Contracting Co.,
- Delta Air Lines,
- the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and
- the manufactured housing, billboard and kaolin industries.