Rep. Dale Rutledge (HD 109)
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Roger Dale Rutledge (R-McDonough)
District 109 (Henry, Newton & Rockdale counties)
Owing to his membership on the House Regulated Industries Committee, Rutledge has collected more than $12,000 in donations from the alcohol and tobacco interests that it oversees. Donors include Anheuser-Busch, Altria, MillerCoors, R.J. Reynolds and the trade groups for Georgia’s ber and liquor distributors.
While running an ethics-based campaign against a House incumbent in 2012, Rutledge lodged a complaint against himself. It cost him $975.
His complaint acknowledged that he had contributed about $7,200 to his campaign before filing the necessary paperwork to begin accepting donations. The state ethics commission’s staff, looking further, found Rutledge had also failed to report three $1,000 contributions in the weeks before the July 2012 GOP primary.
Because of a case backlog, the commission took three years to resolve Rutledge’s complaint. He negotiated a consent order with the commission and wound up paying a $975 fine.
- Elected to the House in 2012 after unseating Rep. Steve Davis 65-35% in the GOP primary.
- Re-elected without opposition in 2014.
- Re-elected 58-42% in 2016 over Democratic challenger Jane Askew Rutledge, his aunt by marriage.
- Judiciary (2013 – present)
- Regulated Industries (2013 – present)
- Transportation (2015 – present)
- Ways & Means (2015 – present)
- Agriculture & Consumer Affairs (2013 – 2016)
- Owner, Expo-Link Cargo Inc., trade-show logistics.
- Business development, J&P Hall Express, Forest Park Ga., freight hauling.
Business ownership interests
- Owner, Expo-Link Cargo Inc.
Other fiduciary positions
- None disclosed.
Real estate holdings
- Personal residence valued at $237,000.
- Rental home valued at $137,000.
- Rental property in Greene County valued at $294,000.
- None disclosed.
Payments from state agencies
- None disclosed.
Friends & family
Rutledge has raised more than $179,000 in political donations and loaned his campaign $8,560. The breakdown by election cycle:
- 2012: $65,073
- 2013-14: $43,784
- 2015-16: $70,595
- Reported cash on hand (Jan. 2017): $23,459
- $37,165 Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones & other Republican lawmakers
- $4,500 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association & leadership
- $4,000 Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association
- $3,240 Todd Moore, Hampton, Ga., owner J&P Hall Express Trucking
- $3,000 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia
- $2,650 Encompass Group LLC executives, McDonough, Ga., health care apparel
- $2,500 Scott Renfroe, McDonough, Ga., owner Renfroe Valley Farms
- $2,350 Hospital Discount Drugs, Griffin, Ga., & owner Blake Daniel
- $2,320 David Troy, McDonough, Ga., owner Troy Logistics
- $2,250 Altria / Philip Morris USA
- $2,050 Bellamy-Strickland Chevrolet GMC Buick Isuzu
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. Rutledge’s campaign made these donations:
- 2012: $500
- 2013-14: $11,995
- 2015-16: $8,424
Since 2012, lobbyists have reported paying more than $1,500 for meals and other gifts for Rutledge. The big spenders:
- $225 Georgia Municipal Association
- $150 Georgia Power Co.
Committee days & travel
When out of session, legislators may collect $173 per day plus mileage for official business. Those living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging.
- 2013: $1,686 (8 days)
- 2014: $3,205 (15 days)
- 2015: $3,896 (19 days)
Updated Jan. 15, 2017