Campaign Disclosure Mania

July 8, 2010 15:42 pm

by Buzz Brockway · 68 comments

I’m in the process of updating the campaign disclosure report spreadsheets I created. Since it’s only 3:41 pm as I type, there are not a lot of people who have filed yet. Check back throughout the day as I’ll be updating as I have time.

Statewide Candidates
State Senate Candidates
State House Candidates

9:30 PM. OK I’m back home from a meet and greet.

10:45 PM. Anyone want to help do some editing? Email me at We could use some help on the State House spreadsheet.

Many thanks to Jason Pye for updating the Statewide candidate spreadsheet.

chefdavid July 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Is this where we add when we see something interesting? IE
Maglev Mullis (a little background ) giving the Northwest Georgia Joint Development Office (Which he is Over) $186.65 for phones & printing. Since when do we allow campaigning out of Government Offices?
And why is Post Apartments or Properties what every they put down, so active in giving? ( this one takes a little while to load. site is slow) Isn’t that where a lot of the legislators stay?

Doug Grammer July 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Have you asked Sen. Mullis? My guess would be the NW Georgia JDO sold some old equipment that he bought and took to his house to use for his campaign.

chefdavid July 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm

OK I will buy your surplus property theory. I hope that is the case. I will let Rex and others know that he fixed his phones now and can start expecting to get call backs.

Doug Grammer July 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm

If I were him, returning calls to those who bash me in letters to the editor or try to embarrass me with childish nicknames would be a low priority. By the way, I am fairly certain you can use government buildings for political purposes as long as you pay rent or reimburse them for what you use.

I have rented the Walker County Civic Center, (same building, different portion,) for the Walker County GOP many times.

chefdavid July 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I am guessing you theory for rental is better as the campaign disclosure has now been admended. It is now $186.65 for Senate Office Rental.
But now I don’t see any expense for Telephones/printers wait…ah I am two confused with it all now to much to keep up with it.

Jeff July 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Couple of interesting names on Preston Smith’s report:

Mitch Seabaugh, who was punished for basically the same thing Preston was re: hospital tax vote.

Delos Yancey – Ox’s moneybags.

There were several other State Senators on his list, mostly around the $1K level. Tommie Williams was among them.

The standout in the Senate crowd was John Bulloch at $5K.

Provocateur July 8, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Or, Delos Yancey, Rome, Georgia…Preston Smith, Rome, Georgia.

Hey, but I’m not going to stop you from running full tilt into a brick wall of nonsense. Please…do continue.

Jeff July 9, 2010 at 4:14 am

Never denied both were from Rome. But Yancey is more well known not for his location, but for his involvement in the Ox scandal.

racinwithrex July 8, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Mr. Mullis has “Earned” ever childish nickname he has been given. That’s more than I can say he has done for a paycheck on Both his given job and elected job… But not everone drinks the Kool-Aid and trys to further their so called position by sucking up to the Incumbent. At least we know we are low priority but we don’t need his cheerleader to tell us that….lol…lol… At least us Lowly folks can read and see for ourselves how he has voted in the past two years…..

Doug Grammer July 9, 2010 at 10:26 am

We will count the votes in 11 days and see how many people agree with whom. I like both Mr. Pope and Mr. Jones as individual people, but I predict it won’t go to a run off in the race or even be close.

Cash raised in the last period: Sen. Mullis, $83,134, $66,768, cash on hand; Mr. Pope, $9,723.83, all loans from candidate, no cash on hand, Mr. Jones, no report filed yet, but I’ll bet his numbers are closer to Mr. Popes than Sen. Mullis.

I’m not drinking kool aid, I’m looking at the numbers. Your drinking kool aid if you think there will even be a run off.

Doug Grammer July 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

Ah my bad…”your” should have been “you’re.”

racinwithrex July 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I have have no doubt that we will “hear” for another 2 years about how much he “works” for the people he serves. I just happen to “SEE” how much work gets done. As far as the money, the whole post about money taken from “Out of District” was pretty much the story of what people really think of Mullis. How much was raised in his District? So that to me tells the whole story. That and the fact that more and more people (including those who work for him) are finding out the truth of “If not a crook when going in then a crook going out”. I see you like cheering for the winning team no matter who it hurts but that’s o.k. because he really likes and needs his Cheerleaders… Because on Serving the people and doing his job, he is just a “LOSER” to me and the other folks that will vote against him……But then again, I see and not just listen to him… That’s the difference…….

Doug Grammer July 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Well, I am sure that he has raised twice as much money from within the District that his two challengers combined, but I doubt that means anything to you. All of Mr. Popes money came from himself, so he has raised $0, and we have yet to see a disclosure from Mr. Jones. I counted about 14K, but feel free to do your own research.

As a former elected official do you really buy into “If not a crook when going in, then a crook going out?” Hogwash. According to that philosophy, everyone ever elected is a crook, including yourself.

As far as being a cheerleader goes, I made an objective assessment based on money raised, and also stated that I personally like the other candidates. You can claim something or someone hurts as much as you like, (I really have no idea on what you are referring to, btw) but we will count the votes soon enough and see if more people in the 53rd were hurt or helped by Sen. Mullis.

Doug Grammer July 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Clarification, I counted 14K raised by Sen. Mullis within the district.

racinwithrex July 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I am just a Citizen of Dade County. Nothing more, nothing less… But you know what is really sad is the amount of voters who will even turn out to vote. Most will claim “why even bother” because they know it’s no use. Most live the mushroom life and don’t even know how Mullis has VOTED that has HURT the folks of this county. (Then there are those who cheerlead who don’t want to HEAR IT). Those Fee Increases is nothing more than just another way for the taxpayers to pay for the “Fun Time’ he has while in Atlanta. You want to talk about money that Mullis has been given as if it’s a good thing. Let’s look at where the majority of it comes from… Look at the money he has raised from Dade County… No one here really believes he has done a Good Job for this county although some just think he is COOL!

racinwithrex July 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Here is the link to Muliis’s numbers…

Contributors: … ion%20Year

Now pay close attention to the construction companys who hope to get some of that D.O.T. money and the other Atlanta Companies. Now look at his District numbers and you tell me…. HHHMMM and How much do we want to fund him another two years here in Dade County?

racinwithrex July 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Here are the donors from Dade:
Donny Williams Agency
P.O. Box 1795
Trenton, GA 30752 $101.00

Lionel or Jane Austin $101.00
P.O. Box 1446
Trenton, GA 30752I forgot they live in Alabama

Charles Browning $101.00
8761 Scenic Hwy.
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
Thats all folks

chefdavid July 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

Correction Rex.
Lionel Lives in Alabama so that is out of district money or a way to give as he manages Trenton Telephone

racinwithrex July 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Sorry Link not working… Maybe David can link it….

Doug Grammer July 10, 2010 at 1:22 am

Are you saying you are not Ben Brandon, Chairman of the Dade County Tea party, GOP state committee member, and former Dade County Commission Chairman? I don’t take that as just a citizen of Dade County.

As I said before, Sen. Mullis has raised 14K within his district, one of his opponents has raised ZERO inside or outside of the District and we can’t tell what the other has raised because he hasn’t filed yet. I’m not looking at how much he has raised just in Dade county because he represents more than just Dade.

Other than the hospital bed tax, what votes do you think he has taken that has hurt people? What exactly did you want him to do that he hasn’t done? Bring home some pork to Dade County?

Ben, why didn’t you run?

Ramblinwreck July 10, 2010 at 7:51 am

“Other than the hospital bed tax, what votes do you think he has taken that has hurt people?”

What has he done to hurt people? You must not have been reading my column in the paper.

He voted for SB31 that raised electric rates years in advance of the power plants being built. Georgia Power’s own comptroller admits most of the money will go to shareholders. Funny though, in Jeff’s district I think Dade is the only county served by Georgia Power. Who delivers your electricity in Walker?

He has voted for every expansion of the nanny state where he’s had an opportunity. He voted to ban video poker. He’s not against gambling or he’d propose repealing the lottery so he must just not like it when people gamble and the state doesn’t get its cut.

He voted to deny private property rights by voting for a smoking ban in privately owned restaurants. When I challenged him on this his comment was that it was going to pass anyway and he needed Senator Thomas to help him on some of his votes so he voted AYE even though he didn’t think it was a good idea. So much for taking a stand on principle.

He voted to have the state tell me I’m not smart enough to know that I should wear a seatbelt.

Although his big claim is that he’s never voted for a tax increase he voted to “update” all the fees and permits for Georgia and copies of transcripts, for example, went from $1.50 a page to $10 a page.

Now he’s saying he’ll sponsor a bill like Arizona’s on immigration to crack down on illegal immigration in Georgia. Problem is that on March 9th he voted DO PASS in committee for Senator Orock’s bill that would essentially provide “comprehensive immigration reform”, amnesty, in Georgia. What a hypocrite!

And here in the county he has involved himself almost every Republican primary we’ve had since he took office and endorsed one candidate which the rest of us in leadership can’t do. The last TWO elections he has endorsed a candidate who until just before qualifying had been a Democrat instead of endorsing a lifelong Republican.

What has he done? This is good for a start. Let me know if you need more.

Ramblinwreck July 10, 2010 at 7:24 am

Hey Doug, I’m right here. I’m not hiding anywhere as you can tell by the articles I’m writing in the papers in Jeff’s district. Believe it or not there is more than one person in the 53rd who thinks Maglev shouldn’t be reelected.

I’m not racinwithrex. I’ll take that apology now please.

Doug Grammer July 10, 2010 at 8:35 am

The apology is given. I just thought you had changed your screen name. The tone sounded almost the same except with an occasional capitalization. I’d still like to know why you didn’t run.

You can endorse whom you like in a primary, you just can’t use your title while doing so. And saying “not in my capacity as” or other type of clever disclaimer is still using your title.

I am fine with about half of the laws you listed. I am not familiar with Senator Orock’s bill, so I’ll have to look at that one. Updating user fees keeps my tax money in the general fund from having to pay for things that have nothing to do with me, such as inspections on a modular home. The transcripts charge was a big stretch, but that’s been fixed. The smoking ban is fine with me as well, but I think I prefer the way TN did it. You have a choice and it’s posted.

Video poker….. wasn’t that done in Sen. Mullis’ first term?

I don’t know if he will carry Dade county or not, but it’s the overall vote that matters. It’s sort of like debating if he will carry a specific precinct or not. I have no problem with an opinion that we can do better with some of our elected officials, I’d just like to hear valid reasons why those candidates are as bad as some say they are. I’m not convinced that the others running are better for the district than what we have. If they were elected, you could find fault with them too. No person in office is perfect. “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.” RR

Ramblinwreck July 10, 2010 at 8:44 am

“I am fine with about half of the laws you listed.”

Then you too sir are an enabler of the nanny state.

I forgot to mention that Jeff has never once voted against a Republican budget no matter how outrageous the spending. Including the “Go Fish” program which was to be build in Sonny’s back yard near Bonaire in the middle of the worst drought in Georgia in 100 years.

I also don’t know if he will carry Dade but he could given how little attention people really pay to the voting records of the people representing them in Atlanta. I’m trying to fix that.

I had my reasons for not running this time. Next time may be different. In the meantime I’m going to help everyone understand how they’re really getting represented by their state senator over the next two years.

Jeff July 11, 2010 at 6:27 am

“I had my reasons for not running this time”

Like claiming to be a Constitutionalist and Patriot and yet supporting a Traitor for Governor?

Doug Grammer July 10, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I have stated repeatedly that I am not a fan of “go fish.”

Just because I don’t want my tax dollars subsidizing things that have nothing to do with me or other Georgians that get no benefit from them, doesn’t make me an “enabler of the nanny state.” The fee to inspect an airport used to be ridiculously low. The inspectors were still paid competitive wages and the difference between the fee and the wages were paid out of the general funds. If I don’t fly on an airplane four out of five years, why were my tax dollars going to that? Why don’t we let just the people who fly on the plane pay for the inspections?

If your self-appointed job is to point out every flaw in Sen. Mullis over the next two years, let’s call you head cheerleader of the complaining state. If it get too bad for you, Delta is ready when you are.

On a side note, I’ll bet you a steak dinner at any restaurant of the winners choice within 100 miles of Chickamauga that Sen. Mullis will win without a run off.

Ramblinwreck July 10, 2010 at 8:28 am

To get a flavor of how we view our elected representatives up here look at the made up answers chefdavid came up with here on the Dadeinfo site. Pretty darned accurate and shows the real difference between a real conservative and a politician.

h/t chefdavid

racinwithrex July 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

How Funny that Doug thought I was Ben. If he only knew “our” past… No Doug I am just a person who cares about his friends, neighbors, and County and only want the “Quality” we deserve to represent us. We are tired of being the laughing stock and hearing Mullis TELL us how great he is doing. He comes to visit a few times a year, makes sure a camera is near tells a few how wonderful they are and then goes back across the mountain. I really like the fact he uses the same ole lines about the girl he married being from Dade, and his famous phone number he never seems to have time to answer or call people back (not just the ones he knows either). He wants to take credit for being the D.O.T Chairman and that is a Joke, even to those who work there. He is the laughing stock of the State and wants to Brag about being in a magazine that nobody here in Dade cares about… Just alot of “Hot Air” and “Fluff” comes from the Senate Seat of the 53rd. It might not change this year but I can assure you that when the people start really looking at his voting and seeing what he isn’t getting done… Well you will have to find another “team” to pull for….

chefdavid July 10, 2010 at 11:57 am

Dont forget how he asked in committee meeting if the movie industry needed more of an exemption to compete with other states.
Rather than talking about fee modernization upping users fees and movie industry exemptions we should be going the other way.

Doug Grammer July 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Read the link you left and you will 9/10ths of the page is opinion. My gut reaction is that more people working in Georgia, even for a temporary time, equals more money spent in Georgia and more taxes collected in Georgia. That’s my opinion and I think it’s just as valid as the opinion cited with your link.

I think your idea of taxing an industry into doing more business in Georgia doesn’t work. If you want movies made here just tax them five times more than other states and see where they decide to do business.

AthensRepublican July 8, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Thank you Buzz. This makes viewing these much easier than going to the ethics commission’s website. Good luck in your race. Look forward to your posts as Rep. Brockway.

Pine Knot July 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm
analogkid July 9, 2010 at 8:43 am
B Balz July 9, 2010 at 9:54 am

Wish I could vote for Buzz!

B Balz July 9, 2010 at 9:54 am

I am not in his District.

Pine Knot July 8, 2010 at 10:08 pm

1. Ox, 2. Deal, 3. Handel, 4. Johnson as far as the (R) Gov canidates go with cash on hand. Johnson has spent all kinds of money and his numbers haven’t gone up much. I’m surprised Ox has spent so little money as much as I see him on TV ect. Barnes has all beat. He is rolling in money.

analogkid July 9, 2010 at 8:44 am

Reverse 2 and 3. See above.

Pine Knot July 9, 2010 at 8:56 am

Thanks for the correction. My fault. Sorry about that, I was looking at the campaign log last night in a hurried fashion.

NorthGAGOP July 9, 2010 at 9:20 am

Pine Knot, just curious do you have a college degree?

Pine Knot July 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Yes. Does Karen?

Pine Knot July 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Also, “Pine Knot, just curious do you have a college degree?” That statement is not correct grammar/sentence structure.

Lady Thinker July 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Does bashing other posters make you feel superior?

Pine Knot July 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm

NGGOP was the one who asked the question. Anyone can see that was aimed at trying to bash me.

Lady Thinker July 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Point taken.

GOPwits July 8, 2010 at 11:28 pm

There are a lot of inaccuracies on the list of candidates for State House and Senate… Several candidates aren’t on the list at all…

Additionally, I think there is something fishy with Mark Butler’s disclosures as a State Representative. He paid his consultant Simons and Associates, who happen to employ his former girlfriend, out of his State Representative account for work associated with his Labor Commissioner account. Something seems really questionable about the ethics of that.

GOPwits July 8, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Other observations:

I guess we’re going to find out whether or not Deal’s family can buy him the Governor’s mansion… It appears a good number of Deal’s contributions all come from his family. I wonder if he gave them the money to in turn contribute to his campaign?

Additionally, I guess we will also find out whether or not the State of Chatham County can buy the Governor’s mansion for Eric Johnson. Given the high tide of gangster style politics in Chatham County, I think that would be very bad for the future of Georgia politics. And you thought that Oxendine was the only person who shook people down…

Doug Deal July 9, 2010 at 12:03 am

Don’t assume everyone with the last name Deal is related. I take that personally.

Lady Thinker July 9, 2010 at 12:12 am

Judging from your posts, that I have read for nearly a year, you can’t be related to Nathan Deal. Your posts are too intelligent for you to be part of the other Deal tree.

Doug Deal July 9, 2010 at 12:32 am

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I am sure there are many who would state the opposite.

I gave Deal a chance and he was my second place for a while. But he never seemed to do anything but have his people brag abount his fundraising and bash others for theirs. The first three times I interacted with the Deal campaign, all they had to say was “karen can’t raise money”.

Then came Ghetto Grandmas, the ethics thing, and the other stuff covered in depth here at PP and he is actually down there below Ox for me. A year ago, I could not even see that as a possibility for anyone except McBerry.

I would be happy with Handel, Johnson or Chapman as governor, but I think Handel is going to be first in the primary, and win the nomination in the runoff.

Lady Thinker July 9, 2010 at 9:51 am

I agree with all your comments. Deal was the first candidate I researched and his people were bashing Karen a year ago. That’s when I knew she was a threat and then I researched her. After looking at the others, the obvious choice for me was Karen, so I got involved in her grassroots campaign.

SFrazier July 9, 2010 at 11:48 am

You work for Price. Who are you trying to kid(or lie). All GOP campaigns agree on one thing, anyone but Hillary’the liar” Handel…..

Lady Thinker July 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm


I don’t work for Price, never have, wouldn’t know him if I saw him. Another one of your lies.

If you were to read the post more closely, you would have seen where John Konop spoke to one of my college classes and he identified me as a “she.”

But, as usual, you are not interested in the truth.

GOPwits July 8, 2010 at 11:59 pm

And by God, how could I forget, can all the insurance companies really put Ox into office? They really must want Roy Barnes back in office…

Lady Thinker July 9, 2010 at 12:15 am

Looks like Karen is using her money wisely, as she will do with the state budget when she is elected.

GOPwits July 9, 2010 at 12:21 am

Right on Lady Thinker!

Doug Deal July 9, 2010 at 12:57 am

Having seen the numbers, I thought it would be interesting to point out Max Wood’s numbers and commend them on an outstanding campaign. Even though he is being outraised 10-1 in the primaries by his opponents who take $1,000 check after $1,000 check, (Sam Olens is even taking money from at least one elected Democratic politicians now) he still has the most support of the three in the last two polls.

Imagine that, a campaign of a real person, Max, being managed by his wife, with no outside political consultants is leading the darling of those insider RINOs in Atlanta.

Olens has been running for a year and has spent $464K versus $54K for Max, and he is down in the polls. He has a paid staff, insiders who game the system for him, and the backing of people who not only can write him huge checks, do the other intangable things that come with being connected. Max has a devoted wife acting as manager, a cadre of motivated volunteers (of which I am one), a shoe-string budget and the immediate respect of nearly everyone he meets.

Olens may buy his way to a big victory with a big time TV buy-in (on a bankroll provided to him by a hefty number of Democrats in a Republican primary), but I think Wood has an excellent chance. (My dream result, baring an outright Wood win, would be a Max Wood – Preston Smith runoff.) The job should go to the guy who wants the job, not the guy who just wants credibility on his resume for a run at Governor.

Melb July 9, 2010 at 7:52 am

Hodges outraised all the republicans and of course, his dem opponent – $265,000!!!!

AnyoneElse2010 July 9, 2010 at 11:38 am

As someone who is from South Georgia I can tell you if Hodges gets elected we are in a world of trouble.

Doug Deal July 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm

He is beating the crap out of his opponent, let just hope he doesn’t shoot him in the face.

macho July 9, 2010 at 10:20 am

Thanks Buzz, appreciate the work.

I thought there were more candidate loans outstanding then show up on the spreadsheet. For instance, I know Deal gave himself a loan to puff up his disclosure report. Maybe the candidates paid themselves back.

It’s also amazing that Karen has the most on hand other than the Ox. She was pegged as being underfunded, but at this point she has more than Johnson and Deal and is ahead of them in the polls.

macho July 9, 2010 at 10:46 am

Didn’t realize that Jason put some work into this as well.

Buzz Brockway July 9, 2010 at 10:50 am

Loans only show up in the period they are reported. After that they get lumped into the “previously raised” category. Lots of candidates have loaned themselves money and it’s hard to track as you move forward – especially on a summary spreadsheet.

EllisArnall July 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I am very surprised Handel raised more than Johnson… Did not see that coming.

Another front:

$475,602.05 = total expenditures this period by Doug MacGinnitie.

$183,734.00 = total expenditures this period by Brian Kemp.

Other interesting fact:

Doug is getting an awful lot of contributions from out of state folks. I believe Kemp had one or two from Pensacola.

New Blood Please July 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm

These facts are hardly surprising. As for $s, Mac is on TV, Kemp is not. As for out of state, he founded and ran a company with offices across the country. He got his undergraduate degree at school with top students from around the world. No shocker here.

Was more taken with the fact that many (most?) of Kemp’s major dollars was either lobbying money or from other career politicians. The ultimate insider. Business as usual.

New Blood Please July 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm

sorry…”many/most were”. Wasn’t one of those “top students” :)

Ramblinwreck July 10, 2010 at 7:31 am

I got an email recently that was just a forwarded Nathan Deal campaign piece. The sender was encouraging me to vote for Deal and telling me why he was the best choice. I replied that he was not and his voting record proved it. He voted for NCLB, Medicare Part D, every farm bill that came down the pike, the Patriot Act, etc., etc., I asked her if we should just overlook these things when considering him. She responded that we shouldn’t nit pick our best candidates. Pointing out that someone who has been a part of creating the monster we now face should not be Governor is “nit picking” according to the GOP faithful.

Progressive Dem July 10, 2010 at 11:19 am

I expect Deal to lose badly. Partly because of the sentiment above: he’s running with Washington expereince when most in the GOP see Washington as the problem. I also think his support outside his district is rapidly evaporating as his poll numbers have showed no improvement, and have in fact have declined. The people in his district may display some loyalty and regional pride, but folks outside his district are going to gravitate to a winner. He is the weakest candidate among the top 4. A lot of folks will jump ship in these last 10 days.

Doug Deal July 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I agree.

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