It’s about to get all wonky up in here.
According to the report filed ending 08/31 with the FEC (http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00041269/811353) the Democratic Party of Georgia has raised $893,844.17 this year.
Nice, right? but there’s more!
A review of prior reports at the FEC shows that $154,132.55 (17.24% of all funds raised) of that is from the Democratic National Committee. $80,000 is in the form of monthly contributions the DNC makes to the DPG, $74,132.55 is from the Victory Fund, (that’s where the DNC raises money via direct mail in Georgia and then gives a share of the profit to the state party).
Further, the FEC reports also show that at least $40,950 (4.6% of all funds raised) of the party’s income has come from candidate purchases of the voter file, known as Votebuilder. State House candidates pay $300, State Senate candidates pay $600 and Congressional candidates pay $5,000 to have access to the Votebuilder database for their campaigns.
In the August report, you can see that a $38,240.00 contribution came from the DCCC. That alone accounts for 4.3% of the party’s income for the year.
A check of the Secretary of State’s web site (http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/40378/95366/en/summary.html) will show you that 16 Democrats ran for Congress this year, each would have paid $5,220 to qualify for the ballot, a grand total of $83,520 (or 9.3% of all funds raised). Only 25% of that was paid to the Secretary of State’s office for the actual qualifying fees. The DPG banked $62,640 off of those Congressional candidates.
This simple math would seem to indicate that $316,842.55 (over 35% of the DPG’s total raised) didn’t actually come from DPG fundraising activity but rather the national party or candidate fees. That would add up to the DPG raising a little less than $600K for the year… which is less than the DPG used to make on the Jefferson Jackson Dinner alone in the not so distant past.
The DPG also has a state account, which is filed with the State Ethics Commission. As of 06/30/2012 (http://media.ethics.ga.gov/search/Campaign/Campaign_ReportOptions.aspx?NameID=969&FilerID=NC2006000251&CDRID=66853), the Democratic Party of Georgia reported $204,500.94 cash on hand according to State Ethics Committee filings. That $204K includes the money belonging to the Georgia Democratic House Caucus and the Georgia Democratic Senate Caucus, the latter of which was rumored to have over $150K earlier this year, meaning the state party has little actual money there at this point.
According to the above mentioned state report, 174 Democrats qualified to run for the General Assembly, each paying $400 each for a total of $69,600. The state party would have kept $52,200 of that with the other going to pay qualifying fees. Another $72,105.77 was paid for other qualifying fees… again, the party kept 75% or $54,079.33.
So that’s $62,640 for Congressional candidates, $52,200 for General Assembly and $54,079.33 for other offices, a grand total of $168,919.33 that went to pay general operating deficits of the Democratic Party of Georgia and instead of going to fund a Coordinated Campaign
Georgia Code regarding qualifying fees:
§ 21-2-131. Qualification fees; when and to whom paid, distribution of fees
(a) Qualification fees for party and public offices shall be fixed and published as follows:
(c) Qualifying fees shall be prorated and distributed as follows:
(2) Fees paid to the state political party: 75 percent to be retained by the state political party; 25 percent to be transmitted to the Secretary of State with the party’s certified list of candidates not later than 12:00 Noon of the third day after the deadline for qualifying in the case of a general primary and by 12:00 Noon of the day following the closing of qualifications in the case of a special primary. Such fees shall be transmitted as soon as practicable by the Secretary of State as follows: one-third to the state treasury and two-thirds divided among the governing authorities of the counties in the candidate’s district in proportion to the population of each such county according to the last United States decennial census, such fees to be applied to the cost of holding the election;