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Ex-Speaker Richardson: $32K donated to Senate campaign




(UPDATE: Ex-Rep. Bill Hembree, one of Richardson’s opponents, filed his disclosure a few hours later. He raised nearly four times as much as Richardson — $126,875 plus a $10,000 personal loan.)

Oct. 28, 2012 — Former House Speaker Glenn Richardson has raised more than $32,000 for his campaign for the state Senate.

Disclosures filed this morning show his top donors, at $2,500, include Crawl Bay Holdings LLC, one of former Speaker Pro Tem Mark Burkhalter’s businesses; former Mercer University president Kirby Godsey; and the PAC for the Hospital Corporation of America.

Former colleagues in the House who contributed to Richardson were Reps. Ron Stephens ($1,000), Jay Roberts ($700) and Howard Maxwell ($500).

Other notable Richardson donors:

  • $1,500 — John Walraven, former counsel in the speaker’s office under Richardson,
  • $1,000 — Jim Walters, Gainesville businessman and longtime business associate of of Gov. Nathan Deal,
  • $1,000 — Rebecca Cummiskey, wife of Richardson’s former chief of staff Chris Cummiskey,
  • $500 — Bill Carruth, former Senate candidate and former Paulding County Commission chairman, and
  • $500 — lobbyist Rebecca Ryles’ firm.

Richardson is seeking the Senate seat vacated by Bill Hamrick, whom Deal appointed to a Superior Court judgeship in August, in a Nov. 6 special election.

The former speaker’s fund-raising pales in comparison to the $125,000 that Jim Naughton, whose wife’s family founded Carrollton-based Southwire Co., loaned to his own campaign. Naughton, who won a $272,000 settlement last year as a whistleblower at the University of West Georgia Foundation, has raised $18,525 in donations.

Other contenders for the Senate seat — former Rep. Bill Hembree and building contractor Mike Dugan — have not yet disclosed their fund-raising.

Bill Hembree, though, refunded more than $60,000 to various political action committees and lobbyists when he closed out his House campaign account. Expect to see a good bit of that money redirected by the donors to Hembree’s Senate bid.





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2 Responses to “Ex-Speaker Richardson: $32K donated to Senate campaign”

  1. SpaceyG on Twitter says:

    Having one of those don’t know whether to laugh or cry moments.

  2. Michelle says:

    So Bill Frist’s company is backing Glenn Richardson. No surprises here. The interesting part of this is the story of HCA and Bill Frist’s financial history. Look at it this way, Frist has to do SOMETHING with all that money.