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House candidate Janine Brown (HD 59)


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Janine M. Brown (D-Atlanta)

District 59 (Fulton County)


Janine Brown

Janine Brown

Labor and lawyers — two traditional Democratic constituencies — are funding the campaigns in House District 59. Labor is backing Janine Brown, a former staffer of both the AFL-CIO and Communication Workers of America. Unions and union officials have donated more than $60,000 to Brown, or roughly 40 percent of all her contributions. Overall, candidates in HD 59 have raised more than $419,000 through June 30, making it perhaps the most expensive House race this year in Georgia.

Campaign website

Political career

  • Polled 40% in the May 2016 primary for House District 59; faces runner-up David Dreyer in the July 26 runoff.


  • Retired.
  • Former official, Communications Workers of America and the AFL-CIO.

Business ownership interests

  • None disclosed.

Other fiduciary positions

  • Chair, Friends of Janine Brown LLC.
  • Vice president, Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment.

Real estate holdings

  • Personal residence in Atlanta valued at $141,000.

Other investments

  • None disclosed.

Payments from state agencies

  • None disclosed.

Campaign contributions

Brown has raised more than $149,000 in political donations in 2016.

  • Reported cash on hand (July 2016): $14,030

Top donors

  • $6,550 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • $6,307 Communications Workers of America
  • $4,800 International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers
  • $4,750 International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • $4,435 Eric Pinckney & other executives of The Integral Group
  • $4,000 Georgia Association of Educators
  • $4,000 Georgia’s WIN List, pro-choice advocacy group
  • $3,900 International Union of Painters & Allied Trades
  • $3,900 Progressive Employment Legislation PAC
  • $3,900 Southeastern Carpenters Regional Council
  • $3,900 UNITE HERE (textile & hotel workers union)

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. Brown’s campaign has made no such donations.

Updated July 25, 2016





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