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 include former Speaker Pro Tem Mark Burkhalter, former Mercer University president Kirby Godsey and the Hospital Corporation of America. Several former House colleagues also chipped in. (UPDATE: Ex-Rep. Bill Hembree, one of Richardson’s opponents, raised nearly four times as much — $126,875 — plus a $10,000 personal loan.)
Oct. 26, 2012 — Just this month, Walmart heiress Alice Walton and other out-of-state interests dumped more than $1.1 million into the campaign to allow more state-chartered public schools in Georgia, new campaign finance filings show. Atlanta’s Bernie Marcus also showed his support with a quarter-million-dollar contribution.
Pedro Marin paid a $500 fine in 2008 for missing four filing deadlines for campaign disclosures and leaving ownership of his business, Niram Enterprises Inc., off of his personal financial disclosure. Ironically, Niram had been dissolved by the state a week earlier for failing to pay its annual registration fees in 2007 and 2008. In 2004, Marin paid a $150 fine for leaving his position as executive director of the Mexican Center of Atlanta off his annual financial disclosure. The 2004 case was filed on behalf of an anti-immigration organization, labeled by some as a hate group, that alleged the Puerto Rico-born Marin was a foreign agent working for the Mexican government.