Voting for Cathy Cox

I hate the new campaign contribution disclosure report system with the State Ethics Commission. It’s just enough to make me want to vote for Cathy Cox, whose system was competently done.

Said a friend of mine today — “I’d pull Teddy Lee into a ‘Sonny Did’ ad. ‘Who fired the State Ethics Commission Executive Director just before getting a big fine? Sonny did. Who put people on the state ethics commission who then screwed up an otherwise easy to use reporting system for campaign contribution disclosure reports? Well, Sonny did that too.’


  1. JackDill says:

    To be honest, Sonny Perdue admitted to the ethics violations, thus becoming the first governor in Georgia history to be fined by the Ethics Commission, before Teddy Lee was fired. Since then the EC got the message. All pending complaints against Perdue have been dismissed.

    Perdue “reformed” ethics by transferring functions – especially reporting – to the Ethics Commission. He did not transfer any funding. Although the line item for the Ethics Commission went up, the total spent on enforcement, i.e., SOS + EC, went down. Perhaps the reporting problems under the new regime are due to lack of funding by an administration that repeatedly runs afoul of ethics laws.

  2. stephaniemills21 says:

    What is worse, is that the SOS office offered to give the Ethics commission their reporting system, but they refused it.

    I really miss the downloadable and searchable reports. PDF’s just don’t cut it.

  3. stephaniemills21 says:

    I have been trying to view disclosures for a about an hour, and not one has loaded. This site really really sucks.

    And it can be argued that it has made us a less ethical state. The groups that rate that kind of thing have always been pretty keen on the downloadable spreadsheet.

  4. stephaniemills21 says:

    So, still cannot see any of the disclosures, but here is some info from IA. (some of the campaigns emailed them their disclosures)

    Democratic gubernatorial rivals Mark Taylor and Cathy Cox together spent about $8 million over the last three months.

    Disclosure summaries released late Monday by both campaigns showed Cox spent $3.7 million while Taylor spent about $4.4 million.

    In the important what’s-left-over category, Cox had cash-on-hand as of June 30 of $561,379. Taylor had $1,119,390.

    They meet in a primary election just one week from today.

    Their receipts for the period were virtually identical, Cox pulling in $1,287,321 and Taylor $1,286,829.

    For the campaign to date, Taylor had raised $6.8 million to Cox’s $5.6 million.

    Lieutenant Governor – Democrat

    Jim Martin reported his campaign had raised $410,000 during the three-month period for a total of nearly $1.2 million and had a little less than $300,000 cash on hand.

    Steen Miles raised $14,775 during the period for total contributions of $15,475, and she spent $12,432. She had cash on hand of $3,042.

    Griffin Lotson raised $13,650, boosted his funds with a $50,000 loan, and had cash on hand of $58,851.

    Agriculture Commissioner – Republican

    Gary Black reported his campaign raised over $230,000 during the period for a total of $753,401. The press release did not provide a cash-on-hand figure.

    Brian Kemp said in a press release his total contributions are $662,931 and still has an unused line of credit of $240,000.

    Agriculture Commissioner – Democrat

    Tommy Irvin, the incumbent, raised just $4,265 during the period, but his total contributions stand at nearly $2,1 million, and he had cash on hand on June 30 of $650,558.

  5. Bill B. says:

    Since it doesn’t work at all compared to working great under Cathy Cox, who gets credit? And who gets blame?

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