July 13, 2016 — 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.)
July 13, 2016 — Rep. Darryl Jordan’s most generous single campaign donor is the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, which his given him $10,800 since 2000. However, reflecting his long tenure on the House Banking Committee, Jordan has collected more from banking interests, which have donated $15,700 over the years. Title-pawn and other subprime lenders have kicked in almost $6,000 more.
July 13, 2016 — There’s little doubt that Karen Mathiak is the candidate of Georgia’s chiropractors. “This is an unprecedented opportunity for ALL chiropractors in Georgia to have a voice at the capitol,” PAC chair Dr. Brad Pizza writes on the Georgia Council of Chiropractic’s website. Mathiak is treasurer of the Georgia Chiropractic Association’s PAC, and more than 80 percent of her campaign donations come from the profession.
July 13, 2016 — Never a prolific fund-raiser, Rep. John Yates has leaned more than ever this year on his House colleagues for campaign funds. They gave him $31,500 from April to June, or nearly 80% of all his donations during that period. Since 1998, more than one-third of all his contributions have come from other legislators.
July 11, 2016 – Vendors and companies with business before DeKalb County officials kicked in tens of thousands of dollars in undisclosed donations to fund a county commissioner’s pet community projects, newly available public records show.
At least $44,000 was collected on behalf of Commissioner Stan Watson from 2011 to 2014 from such companies, including water and sewer vendors, pension investment managers and companies seeking tax breaks and land-use decisions from the county.
Atlanta Unfiltered obtained records naming many donors to the Watson’s fund, unidentified until now, from the state ethics commission through a request under the Open Records Act. The commission last month dismissed a complaint against the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, which acted as fiscal agent for the fund, but is conducting a preliminary inquiry into Watson.
July 6, 2016 — Ex-Rep. Tonya Anderson plunked down the $400 qualifying fee for her 2016 Senate race in March, but she didn’t file the campaign disclosure that was due a couple weeks later.
Not until July 5, that is — after Atlanta Unfiltered had called her twice to ask where it was. (She didn’t return our calls, though.)
July 6, 2016 — Every time Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler files a campaign finance disclosure, it’s wrong. Cash on hand routinely disappears, debt fluctuates without explanation, and expenses go unreported.
As a result, it’s been impossible to tell how much campaign cash she’s had at any given point during her four terms in the Georgia House.
(UPDATE: Since our first report, Dawkins-Haigler filed two disclosures that reported prior contributions for her Senate campaign correctly. That leaves $12,330 in unspent donations to her past House campaigns unaccounted for.)