It’s time for another Legislative Race-a-palozza. Below is a spreadsheet showing how much cash on hand candidates for Legislative office reported in their 6/30/12 campaign finance reports. It’s not complete but most of the “hot” races are there. I’ll finish it up tonight.
One more thing about these numbers. There are 30 candidates in this spreadsheet who haven’t yet filed their campaign disclosure reports. Some of these candidates don’t appear to have even filed a DOI which if you haven’t done you can’t accept donations or spend any money campaigning. I know of at least one candidate who has yard signs all over the place yet hasn’t filed a disclosure report and didn’t bother filing a DOI until last week. Another candidate hasn’t filed a DOI and his opponent, the incumbent, has filed an ethics complaint against him. Perhaps there is a good explanation for all this and if there is post them in the comments.
For those that don’t have a good explanation for their lack of disclosure I climb on my soapbox. There are a lot of candidates running on a platform of ethics and how unethical everyone at the Gold Dome is. If you can’t get the proper paperwork filed with the Campaign Finance Commission and get your disclosure reports filed on time and filed properly you don’t have much credibility with me on ethics reform.
I’ll get off my soapbox now.
See the full spreadsheet here.
There’s always plenty of news in the SD21 race between incumbent Chip Rogers and Brandon Beach. The NRA gave Beach a better rating that Rogers. Meanwhile Rogers came out strong against the TIA/TSPLOST which Beach supports.
An overview of HD137 where incumbent Democrat Debbie Buckner faces challengers.
Reginald Pugh is making his third attempt to unseat incumbent Ed Hardison in the SD15 Democratic primary.
In SD26, Democrat incumbent Senator Miriam Paris faces challenges from two fellow Dems including a rematch with former Rep. David Lucas.
Freshman Democrat Pam Dickerson has two fellow Dems running against her including former Rep. Toney Collins who lost to Dickerson two years ago.
Challenger in SD18 Spencer Price fights back against allegations made against him and calls on incumbent Republican Cecil Staton to denounce the attacks.
Incumbent Republican Rep Kip Smith squared off with GOP challenger John Pezold at a recent forum for HD133.
The Snellville Patch has a lot of articles about House races in that part of Gwinnett including SD9, HD93 and HD94.