Mysterious mailpiece hits Balfour on ethics

Here’s a mailpiece hitting homes in 9th state Senate district. It’s an “on the issues” piece related mostly to ethics and transparency, areas where state Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville) is vulnerable.

The group behind the mailpiece is something called the “2014 Integrity Project,” which may or may not be related to the group founded by Debbie Dooley. (Click to enlarge.)

The mailpiece comes as Balfour begins to make a “political comeback” with Senate leaders and lobbyists, receiving “more than $60,000 in contributions of $1,000 or more since April 1” from donors including Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Georgia Power, Home Depot, and many more.


  1. PegM says:

    This is why people hate politics. It’s comparing apples to oranges. Of course Balfour looks bad on the camparisons. But his opponents have never been a state senator. And attack pieces like this ignore the fact that Balfour was acquitted of all wrongdoing….but the folks that put this out, pretend the law doesn’t matter. Really nasty stuff.

    • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

      “Lives at home with his family (for now)”

      “No gifts from state lobbyists (yet)”

      “Served term without being suspended (to be determined)”

    • Will Durant says:

      Actually he admitted wrongdoing to his peers and accordingly paid his fines. A jury was convinced by his attorneys that there was no felonious intent to his misdeeds. His now taxpayer paid high-priced attorneys successfully employed a defense that the certified CPA and CFO is just a sloppy bookkeeper.

      The mailer is also off base with its charge of him not living in at home with his family as obviously he charged the taxpayers for his commute from Snellville with each and every day he charged them a per diem. One then must wonder for what purpose his campaign funds were employed to utilize the year round condo in downtown Atlanta.

      Yes he was found Not Guilty but that is a far cry from innocent.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      except that the attack piece wasn’t about transparency, unless one general word among other about government makes it about transparency

  2. Greg S says:

    My guess? Balfour wins without a runoff and is named as chair of a very important Senate committee.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      and prove my oft-stated contention that the typical Georgia voter is as informed as a bag of hair.

      • DrGonzo says:

        Sounds about right for Gwinnett County. Those people are sleepwalking through life over there.

        • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

          Gwinnett is a largely transient county with an overwhelming majority of residents not being born in the county, the state or even the country.

          Though, Gwinnett’s exceptionally-transient population still doesn’t necessarily explain the between 5-20% of Gwinnett voters who repeatedly keep voting extremely ethically-challenged politicians into office.

          I guess that in Georgia, a Not-Guilty verdict makes a candidate highly-qualified for office.

          The ability of a politician like Balfour to ‘beat-the-rap’ gives him a heck of a lot of ‘street-cred’ in the eyes of many voters, meaning that he really is a ‘Teflon-Don” (pun intended).

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