Congressman Sanford Bishop’s campaign spent another $30,000 on legal fees last month, presumably related to a GBI investigation of his stepdaughter’s job with a federally funded program, federal election records show. The campaign account paid Greenberg Traurig $25,000 in March, shortly after the investigation made news.
Eleven state legislators have filed their 2008 financial disclosures since we pointed out Monday that they had missed the July 1 deadline. Good job, guys. That’s 11 down and 26 to go. The latest filers include state Sen. Ralph Hudgens (right), now a candidate for Georgia insurance commissioner.
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers and Rep. Calvin Smyre, House minority caucus chairman, are among 37 Georgia legislators who have failed to file required disclosures of their personal finances this year. In fact, six lawmakers still haven’t filed disclosures for 2007 that were due more than a year ago. They are …
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has raised nearly $605,000 in campaign funds this year, more than any other Georgia congressman, new financial disclosures show. To do that, he has spent heavily on fund-raising, including $72,652 paid to three companies affiliated with Paul Kilgore, his campaign treasurer.
More than $90,000 improperly paid to U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal’s chief of staff has wound up in the hands of a Gainesville charity. Chris Riley, Deal’s top congressional aide, had to return the money to the campaign last year because the payments exceeded outside income limits for highly paid Congressional staffers. Deal’s latest disclosure report, filed April 15, shows the congressman’s campaign wrote a check in February for $91,124 to Good News at Noon.
Burrell Ellis has just about paid off his $700,000-plus campaign for DeKalb County CEO. Now, it’s time to start thinking about 2012. His latest financial disclosure report shows Ellis has collected $132,514 from campaign donors since winning an August 2008 runoff, allowing him to retire most of his campaign debt.
Special interests have plunked more than $1 million into statewide and legislative races in Georgia so far this year, the latest financial disclosure reports show. Health-care interests gave more than $375,000. Other big donors: Development interests, beer and liquor, lenders and lobbyists.
The Georgia Democratic Party collected about 11 percent less in the first half of 2009 than in the same period in 2007. The party has raised about a hair over $600,000 this year. Anne Cox Chambers (right), who owns the biggest share of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV through Cox Enterprises, is among the biggest donors.
Rep. Mark Burkhalter, not House Speaker Glenn Richardson, appears to be the Georgia Legislature’s top campaign fund-raiser for 2009. The Johns Creek Republican, who serves as speaker pro tem, collected $94,250 in campaign funds for the first six months of 2009. Richardson reported raising $88,150 in the same period.
July 8, 2009 — Casey Cagle refunded more than $1 million in campaign donations after dropping out of the Georgia governor’s race in April. Then, often on the same day, hundreds of contributors gave more than a half-million dollars back to support Cagle’s re-election as lieutenant governor.
Glenn Richardson’s been eating well. He’s writing big checks so special-needs kids can ride horses. And he’s paying a former aide’s political consulting firm that’s tangled up in a state ethics investigation. Check out the speaker’s donors and take a closer look at how he spends his campaign money.
Everyone wants to be your friend when you’re chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. Just ask Don Balfour. The Snellville Republican’s campaign fund has collected nearly $85,000 since Jan. 1, for a total of $683,000 since January 2006. No one’s even run against him in that period. The Rules Committee places bills on the Legislature’s calendar, unless it chooses not to — which means the Senate will never, ever vote on your bill. That’s why Don has so many friends.
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