A word on campaign disclosures:

First, remember that starting this year you go to the State Ethics Commission to review the disclosures. Second, though they may be filed electronically, the system converts them to a PDF for viewing — if the documents have been received and are in the process of being converted, they’ll say “Working.


  1. Bobby Kahn says:

    PDFs are virtually useless for any sort of search, and the filing is difficult. Welcome to the New Georgia. We owe this mess to the Perdue Donor Secrecy Act. Governor Perdue and the Republicans took the filing from the Secretary of State, gave it to the Ethics Commission, then fired the Director of the Ethics Commission just as the transition was to take place. We had a state of the art system before Gov. Perdue got involved, which begs the question, “what does Gov. Perdue have to hide?” Did the Commission for a New Georgia hatch this brilliant idea, behind closed doors, of course?

  2. GetReal says:

    Somehow I doubt that the biggest of the “big guns” (Perdue, Taylor, Cox and both state parties) are all still waiting at this point. Must be some sort of screw up at the Ethics Commission.

    Why they ever changed the filing system is beyond me. According to Insider Advantage, the Ethics Commission turned down an offer from the Secretary of State’s office just to take over the existing system, which worked just fine. Ridiculous.

    Honestly, the only rational explanation for this situation is that Perdue and the Republican legislative leadership didn’t want reporters and opposing campaigns having ready-made searchable databases of their contributors.

  3. debbie0040 says:

    Bobby, The Cobb GOP has had problems with their disclosure forms being posted on the SOS site . They would not be posted in a timely manner and sometimes in different categories. It lead some to believe we had not filed our disclosure forms even though we had and caused problems . I would not be throwing stones at Perdue if I were you. Just as many stones can be thrown back at Cox.

    For a little bit of news on the Lt. Governor’s race and other races:

    In the governor’s race: Because all three major candidates are state office-holders barred from raising money during sessions of the Legislature, the financial dynamics of the race haven’t changed much.

    During the first three months of the year, Secretary of State Cathy Cox, a Democrat, raised $185,892, compared with Democratic rival Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor’s $98,531 and Republican incumbent Perdue’s $142,500.

    The disparities grow when it comes to money in the bank: Cox has $2.9 million, Taylor has $4.1 million, and Perdue has $8.3 million.

    In the lieutenant governor’s race, we’ve only got complete numbers for the Republican side.

    Ralph Reed, the former head of the national Christian Coalition and state GOP chairman, raised $269,461 over the three-month period, maintaining a significant lead in financing.

    But Casey Cagle, a businessman and state senator from Gainesville, made the most of March 31, the only day left to him in the reporting period. According to his disclosure, Cagle received $103,510 in 24 hours, for a total of $132,937 during the period.

    In the all-important category of money in the bank, Reed has $1.4 million, while Cagle reports $881,227.

    The two disclosures hold a few surprises. Reed’s contributors include Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who held a fund-raiser for him last month.

    During the last six months of 2005, half the money Reed raised came from out of state. In the first three months of 2006, most all donors are from within Georgia.

    Cagle’s contributions include $500 from a John Weaver of New York City, and $200 from Orson Swindle of Alexandria, Va.

    Weaver was political director for U.S. Sen. John McCain in the 2000 presidential race. Weaver tangled with Reed, who was working for George W. Bush, in the South Carolina primary — where McCain was knocked out of the contest in a bitter fight.

    Swindle is a former member of the Federal Trade Commission and was a Vietnam POW with McCain.

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