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Superintendent candidate Mike Buck


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Leaders in the public sector have plenty of public resources to promote their political views, accomplishments and experience. Often the public record holds much more: personal and campaign finance disclosures, expense reports, and business, tax and court filings. Here’s what they show: 

Michael Lawrence Buck

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Mike Buck

Mike Buck

Buck’s biggest donor so far is International Teacher Training Institute Global (ITTI Global), an organization with offices in Duluth that organized a 2013 cultural exchange with South Korea for Georgia teachers. ITTI also donated $20,000 to Buck’s boss, state School Superintendent John Barge, for his 2014 race for governor. Overall, Buck has raised about $30,000 for his campaign through mid-July.

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 Political career

  • Ran first with 19.5% in the May 2014 Republican primary for state school superintendent; faces Irwin County educator Richard Woods in the July 2014 runoff.


  • Chief academic officer, Georgia Department of Education, earning $128,224 in 2013.

Business ownership interests

  • None disclosed.

Other fiduciary positions

  • None disclosed

Real estate holdings

  • Personal residence in Rome valued for tax purposes at $204,000.

Other investments

  • None disclosed.

Payments from state agencies

  • None disclosed.

Campaign contributions

Donors have given more than $28,000 to Buck’s campaign.

  • Reported cash on hand (July 2014): $11,608

Top donors

  • $5,000 ITTI Global Inc. (International Teacher Training Institute), Duluth, Ga.
  • $2,750 co-workers at Georgia Department of Education
  • $2,000 Lewis Blanchard, president Executive Marketing Services, Augusta, Ga.
  • $2,000 Rep. Randy Nix (R-LaGrange)
  • $2,000 William Byington, attorney, Rome, Ga. (cash & in-kind)
  • $1,000 SRG Technology LLC, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., software developer

Campaign-to-campaign donations

Candidates may make political donations with campaign funds, allowing prolific fund-raisers to share their contributions with other legislators or candidates. Some advocacy groups believe such transfers should be limited to an aggregate of $10,000 per election cycle. Buck’s committee made these contributions:

  • 2014: $120

Lobbyist freebies

Since 2006, lobbyists have reported paying $50.56 for meals for Buck:

  • 2011: $3.97 from the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education
  • 2012: $46.59 from The College Board
  • 2013: $0
  • 2014: $0 through June 30

 Posted by Jim Walls, July 20, 2014





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