Chuck Eaton is making charges:
The challenger put out a news release last week calling Burgess’ campaign finance disclosures a “complete abomination” and an attempt to “deceive the citizens of Georgia.”
The release referred to the Burgess campaign’s repeated use of the phrase “information requested” in the part of the campaign contribution disclosure form that asks for an individual donor’s employer and affiliation.
The designation shows up alongside the names of a number of lawyers, lobbyists and executives for energy companies such as Scana and Georgia Power who appear regularly at the PSC and whose names are well known to Burgess, if not Burgess’ campaign people.
Eaton called “Information Requested” Burgess’ No. 1 campaign donor, saying his Oct. 5 filing used the phrase with more than 70 percent of the listed individuals. The filing discloses $48,800 in campaign donations, of which $26,850 came from individuals whose occupation or employer were not known. Eaton also noted that Burgess attended a regulators convention in Florida shortly after the election.
“The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners [NARUC] convention is always heavily attended by utility lobbyists,” Eaton said in his release, “so I imagine David Burgess will be hitting his old buddy, ‘Information Requested,’ for more campaign contributions while he’s hanging out in the sun during the runoff election.”
Asked about the Eaton release, Burgess said he doesn’t prepare his own disclosures and that a campaign helper does it instead. “I’m not trying to hide anything from anybody,” he said. “I simply don’t do those disclosures. Somebody else does.
“Truthfully, I’ll be glad when it’s all over,” he said. “One race is enough. Two in 30 days is too much. It’s a very important seat. So I hope people will be interested enough to come out and make their wishes known.”