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Rep.-elect Rhonda Burnough (HD 77)


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Rhonda Michelle Burnough (D-Riverdale)

District 77 (Clayton County)


Rhonda Burnough

Rhonda Burnough

Rhonda Burnough’s most generous campaign supporter is based outside Georgia. The American Federation for Children, a national group that advocates for school vouchers and tax credits for private schools, gave her campaign $2,600 on May 4. Two days later, a federation-affiliated committee paid an additional $4,044 for an direct-mail piece supporting her candidacy. (Because that committee is ostensibly independent of the federation, Georgia’s $2,600 contribution limit for the primary did not apply.)

Burnough didn’t file her personal financial disclosure until a month after the May 24 primary. She said she forgot to fill out portions of the form.

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  • Governmental Affairs (2017 – )
  • Higher Education (2017 – )
  • Small Business Development (2017 – )

Political career

  • Elected to the House in 2016 after unseating Rep. Darryl Jordan 53-47% in a Democratic primary runoff.


  • Teacher, Clayton County school district.

Business ownership interests

  • None disclosed.

Other fiduciary positions

  • UNDISCLOSED: CEO, Being the Best Me Inc., non-profit.

Real estate holdings

  • UNDISCLOSED: Personal residence in Riverdale valued at $114,000.

Other investments

  • None disclosed.

Payments from state agencies

  • None disclosed.

Friends and Family

  • Burnough’s mother, Mary Hammons, served two terms on the Detroit (Mich.) Board of Education in the 1990s.
  • Clarence Burnough, the candidate’s husband and a former high school principal, registered to raise money in 2012 for a campaign for the Clayton County Board of Education. He didn’t qualify, though, after the district’s boundaries were redrawn.

Disclosure issues

Burnough filed her personal financial disclosure three months late, several days after Atlanta Unfiltered called her about it and a month after the Democratic primary. After checking, Burnough said, she found the filing was late because she hadn’t filled out some portions of the form. Georgia law does not prevent non-filing candidates from appearing on the ballot.

Campaign contributions

Burnough has raised more than $9,000 in political donations. She and her husband also loaned the campaign $6,477.

  • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $175

Top donors

  • $3,600 American Federation for Children
  • $1,300 Mary Hammons, Detroit, Mich., retired educator
  • $1,000 New Power PAC (promotes female candidates)

A so-called independent committee affiliated with the American Federation for Children also reported spending $4,044 on a mailing in support of Burnough.

Campaign-to-campaign donations

Candidates may give campaign funds to other candidates, a practice that some say provides a legal means to circumvent contribution limits. A 2003 bill to ban such transfers altogether passed in the Senate but died in the House. Burnough’s campaign has made no such donations.

 Updated Jan. 15, 2017





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