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Most candidates wait until last day to file disclosure reports
by Nicole Dow and Everett Catts
April 15, 2014 01:33 PM | 2788 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(UPDATED TUESDAY AT 1:40 P.M. WITH JEFF ABEL'S REPORT INFO)

Most of the local contested candidates running in the May 20 primary election waited until the last day to file first quarter campaign disclosure reports.

The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission set a March 31 deadline for state and county candidates to file reports but gave a grace period after the filing deadline. Reports had to be filed by Monday to avoid a $125 automatic late fee.


At least two candidates could be fined for filing their reports late or not filing them at all, according to the websites for the commission and the Cobb and Fulton county elections departments.

In the Democratic District 36 state Senate race between challenger Angela Stovall and incumbent Nan Orrock, Orrock, who filed her reports Friday, led with $84,755.24 in contributions, $45,858.82 in expenditures and $38,126.35 net cash on hand. Stovall, who filed her reports Monday, had $2,433 in contributions, $1,818.27 and $614.73 net cash on hand. The district includes portions of Midtown and downtown Atlanta.

In the Democratic District 38 state Senate race, incumbent Horacena Tate leads challenger A. Reginald Crossley, and both filed their reports Monday. Tate had $19,676.54 in contributions, $15,249.60 in expenditures, $4,426.94 net cash on hand. Crossley had $6,450 in contributions, $1,259.57 in expenditures and $5,190.43 net cash on hand. The district includes part of Buckhead.

In the Republican battle for the state House of Representatives’ District 54 seat, S. Angelic Moore filed her reports April 1 and the three other candidates did so Monday. The district includes part of Buckhead, and the seat is being vacated by Edward Lindsey, who is running for Congress.

John McCloskey led the way with $235,129.00 in contributions, $80,500.91 in expenditures and $154,628.09 net cash on hand. He was followed by Beth Beskin ($156,515.09 in contributions, $43,419.10 in expenditures and $113,095.99 net cash on hand), Loretta Lepore ($103,954.93 in contributions, $8,674.25 in expenditures and $95,280.68 next cash on hand) and Moore ($38,888.10 in contributions, $35,247.25 in expenditures and $3,640.85 net cash on hand).

In the Republican District 2 Fulton County Board of Commissioners race, Bob Ellis led Eric Broadwell. The district includes part of Sandy Springs. Ellis, who filed his reports Friday, had $69.506 in contributions, $31,382.43 in expenditures and $38,123.57 net cash on hand. Broadwell, who filed his reports Monday, had $25,915 in contributions, $12,984.06 in expenditures and $12,930.94 net cash on hand.

In the District 3 commission race, Lee Morris led a group of four Republicans seeking the post. The district includes Buckhead and part of Midtown and Sandy Springs. Morris, who filed his reports Friday, had $49,321.18 in contributions, $19,842.63 in expenditures and $29,478.55 net cash on hand. He was followed by Bernie Tokarz, who had $34,672.99 in contributions, $9,252.37 in expenditures and $25,420.60 net cash on hand, and Alexander Palacios, who had $2,000 in contributions, $1,105.51 in expenditures and $898.49 net cash on hand. Both Palacios and Tokarz filed their reports Monday, and fellow candidate Cory Ruth had not filed his as of Friday.

In the Democratic District 7 at-large race for chairman, Robb Pitts led John Eaves, and both filed their reports Monday. Pitts had $950,166.32 in contributions, $693,307.12 in expenditures and $256,859.20 net cash on hand, and Eaves had $171,374.40 in contributions, $82,257.59 in expenditures and $89,126.81 net cash on hand.

In the nonpartisan Fulton County Board of Education District 7 race, incumbent Julia Bernath led challenger Kate Wittschen. District 7 includes part of Sandy Springs. Bernath, who filed her reports April 2, led with $12,167.33 in contributions, $1,465.37 in expenditures and $10,601.08 net cash on hand. Wittschen, who filed her reports April 4, had $900 in contributions, $130 in expenditures and $770 net cash on hand.

In the nonpartisan Fulton County Superior Court judicial election, there are three contested races.

In the battle for Cynthia Wright’s seat, Shelitha Robertson, who filed her reports Monday, led the way with $106,130.26 in contributions, $6,841.70 in expenditures and $99,288.56 net cash on hand. Jane Barwick, who filed her reports Friday, had $85,061.95 in contributions, $26,701.83 in expenditures and $58,360.12 net cash on hand, and Shondeana Crews-Morris, who filed her reports Monday, had $81,830.39 in contributions, $25,693.51 in expenditures and $56,136.88 net cash on hand. Wright is not seeking re-election.

In the race between incumbent Thomas Campbell and challenger Thomas Cox, Campbell, who filed his reports April 2, leads with $61,685.92 in contributions, $1,450 in expenditures and $60,235.92 net cash on hand. Cox, who filed his reports Monday, had $49,396 in contributions, $29,044.91 in expenditures and $20,351.09 net cash on hand.

In the battle pitting incumbent Kelly Amanda Lee and challenger Pat Jackson, Lee, who filed her reports April 2, leads with $62,665 in contributions, $6,107.56 in expenditures and $56,557.44 net cash on hand. Jackson, who filed her reports Friday, had $11,300 in contributions, $545 in expenditures and $10,755 net cash on hand.

In the three-person race for retiring Cobb County Superior Court Judge Jim Bodiford’s seat, Juanita Pierson Stedman, who filed her reports Tuesday, led with $104,470.50 in contributions, $52,890.44 in expenditures and $51,580.06 net cash on hand. Ann Harris, who filed her reports Monday, had $67,505 in contributions, $22,707.42 in expenditures and $44,797.58 net cash on hand. Nathan Wade had not filed his reports as of Wednesday.

In Cobb’s Post 2 Board of Education primary race, Susan Thayer led Tim Stultz and Jeff Abel. Post 2 includes Vinings. Thayer, who filed her reports March 31, led with $20,850 in contributions, $927.11 in expenditures and $19,922.89 net cash on hand. Stultz, the incumbent, filed his reports Thursday and had $2,023.05 in contributions, $1,922.18 in expenditures and $100.87 net cash on hand, and Abel, who filed his reports March 31, had $0 in contributions, $658.79 in expenditures and $0 net cash on hand.

For candidates in U.S. Congressional races, the Federal Election Commission set an April 15 deadline for submissions of first quarter campaign disclosure reports.

Information: www.ethics.ga.gov, www.fultoncountyga.gov/japps/3/ or www.cobbelections.org/CampaignDisclosureForms.php

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