Nov. 10, 2016 — Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Charlie Bethel, a former floor leader of his in the Senate, to the Georgia Court of Appeals. Bethel was among 79 lawyers nominated for the job. The appointment, coming one day after he was re-elected to a fourth term, will necessitate a special election to fill Bethel’s seat in the Senate.
Bethel’s campaign paid The Sassafras Group, a consulting firm founded by Deal’s daughter-in-law Denise Deal, $3,100 for fund-raising in May 2016.
July 20, 2016 — Alcohol and tobacco interests have showered campaign donations on Dickson by virtue of his eight years on the House Regulated Industries Committee. Manufacturers, distributors and retailers in those industries have given more than $64,000 to Dickson’s campaigns, or about one-fifth of all his contributions.
He’s also benefited from fellow Republican legislators, who’ve donated more than $47,000 to his campaign in 2016.