Voting is already underway for T-SPLOST and other primary ballot items, but we still don’t know who all the well heeled donors are paying for Untie Atlanta’s slick advertising campaign. David Pendered reports:
The campaign team working for passage of the transportation sales tax has not filed its report on its campaign finances, according to the report of filings maintained by the state’s Campaign Finance Commission.
A campaign financial disclosure that was due Monday has not been filed by advocates of the transportation sales tax. The grace period ends July 23, eight days before the election. Credit: Citizens for Transportation Management
The filing deadline was Monday. A grace period extends the final day of submission to July 23 – eight days before the election. The campaign committee must file an electronic report if more than $500 have been raised.
Trust has become a major issue, perhaps even the major issue, for the Atlanta Region T-SPLOST vote. This was underscored by Governor Deal’s reversal yesterday by announcing that the tolls on GA-400 would be ended years earlier than previously scheduled but years after they were originally promised to end.
Meanwhile, the “transparency” argument that our politicians have told us is how we know their ethical takes another beating. On the heels of Senate Republicans laundering their campaign contributions through a North Carolina political consultant to claim status as an “independent” group, we now have a total lack of disclosure of who is paying for promoting the largest tax increase in history with just 11 days of voting to go.
In the mean time, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed soldiers on. He’ll be in Cobb County
today Tuesday appearing with Commission Chairman Tim Lee, Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon, and former Governor Roy Barnes. They’ll be at the Smyrna Community Center from 12:30 to 1:30.
Instead of asking them about project lists, rail to Cumberland, regionalism, or increased taxes, please ask them about transparency and trust. If loopholes and grace periods are part of the answer, then you have thier answer.