When he wasn’t riding his Harley, Maxwell, an Allstate insurance agent, has chaired the Audits, Retirement and Regulated Industries committees in the House. His service since 2005 on the Insurance Committee, though, has attracted the lion’s share of his political donations. Neary half of the $250,000 raised over the years by his campaign committee has come from insurance and health-care interests.
Collectively, Maxwell’s fellow board members at Georgia Heritage Bank top his donor list from other interests. A 2009 federal cease and desist order accused the Dallas, Ga.-based community bank of employing risky lending practices under lax board supervision.
Meadows said he worked hard during his first five years at the Capitol to build a campaign war chest of $41,000. Once he was named Insurance chair, he didn’t have to try so hard, collecting $77,000 in the summer and fall of 2010. Another $419,000 followed once he became Rules chair in 2011.
He’s given much of that away to other Republican candidates. “I have a lot more money than I ever thought I would,” he said.
Lobbyists, who spent less than $4,500 on Meadows in 2006-09, have lavished nearly $21,000 on meals, entertainment and other gifts for him since 2011.