State Republicans with big money lead heading into the fall campaigns

Democrats may have the biggest single money-raiser in the governor’s race this year, but the Georgia Republican Party will head  into the fall general election campaign with a huge fundraising advantage.

The state GOP, heavily funded by its elected officials, reported raising $870,740 during the most recent three months, according to disclosures filed with the State Ethics Commission.

The party had $2.58 million banked as of June 30.

The Democratic Party of Georgia raised $335,566 during that period and had $443,287 on hand as of June 30.

The Democrats’ biggest contributors were also elected officials.

The money difference could play a major role in this fall’s governor’s race.

Former Gov. Roy Barnes, the leading Democratic candidate, has raised more money than any other gubernatorial hopeful.

However, in 2006, the state GOP raised millions of dollars – mostly from state lawmakers – to run TV ads for Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue’s re-election campaign.

The party could once again be used as a conduit for the GOP gubernatorial nominee this fall, depending on who wins the party’s nomination. The party establishment has shown little enthusiasm for Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, but it could spend big on one of the other candidates if they win the nomination.

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July 16th, 2010
3:11 pm

Hats off to the rookie Toby Carr for leading the State GOP back to respectability and relevance.

V. Powell

July 19th, 2010
2:15 pm

We can agree that there is a major budget short fall. One of our GOP governor experts thinks that if you eliminate State Income tax, we will fix the problem. Let me hear from those who think the same.

Longtime Republican

July 19th, 2010
8:16 pm

Sue Everhart has proven once again why she is one of the best state Chairman the Georgia GOP has ever had. She treats the office like what it is – a more than fulltime job (minus the pay). She’s kept out of the primary wars, allowing the best candidate to win, while she’s kept her nose to the grindstone – always looking for new Republican voters and raising a hell of alot of money.


July 23rd, 2010
8:54 am

In this horrible economy, its shameful that large amounts of $ are spent foolishly on these campaigns! Ads about abortion in the Gov. race? Thats a federal issue, not a state issue! But dumb voters respond. These candidates are sooo boring, and unsophisticated! These TV ads make these bumpkins and GA look so backward!


July 27th, 2010
3:24 pm

I am a Washingtonian who works in the state of Georgia. I see first hand how republicans have spread their fear of President Obama, the first african american elected President of the USA. These local governments that surround the City of Atlanta, are controlled by conservative republicans who are only concerned about protecting their way of living, thus the state capitol (Atlanta) controlled by democrats are at the mercy of these local governments who create laws to “annex” their city and steal businesses away from downtown which erodes the city of Atlanta’s tax base. Recent election results for the Governor’s office are tainted by race. Blacks are voting democrat and Whites are voting republican. Racial tensions are esculating due to lack of jobs, immigration reform and hatred for President Obama. Georgia is in bad shape and is getting worst by the day. It’s time for all Americans to stop the racial hatred and treat each other with compassion. We all must live in a civilized society. Who would have thought that by electing a Black man President we would have all this racial strife.


July 30th, 2010
3:10 pm


Darrell B

August 3rd, 2010
3:24 pm

Come on James, you sound like the racist. Obama hasn’t delivered on any of his promises… “transparency”, please……Pelosi…”drain the swamp”, Please! Please!! When are you Liberals going to realize that it is about POLICIES, not race. You are always the ones that injects race. Yes, Sue is doing a great job! Thank you Sue for the Small Business Forum last week.

Um, ah, where was King Roy

August 3rd, 2010
4:48 pm

Obama had his face slapped hard by Roy Barnes who did not appear with him. That was a bad public image for Barry and his band of marxist thugs. Barnes made good and sure that he was in Texas or in Alaska campaigning. AHAHAHA

Tea Party is nearing a whupping of the obamarons and they will get him ( electoral college will get him ) come November of 2012.

We will take our nation back.

Um, ah, Robert, you are pathetic

August 3rd, 2010
4:53 pm

bobby ………… you are a moron. Businesses have abandoned downtown Atlanta because of the lovely environs that are available in newer suburban communities. Your assertion that Atlanta has been robbed is to suggest that we all OWE Atlanta our money and we should live there. Absurd that is. Sad. Atlanta is a crime zone and full of wasted deadbeats and is a clear tribute to LBJ’s failed Great Society.

Tea Party is about to take back the US House and then ……….. the electoral college will take care of Barry and his band of marxist thugs come November 2012.

Taxes and government payrolls and pencils

August 3rd, 2010
5:04 pm

Liberals argue that we need to pay more income taxes so that they can hire more unionized, deadbeat workers. In other words, it is all about the government. barry’s Stim Package was just that. Old, decaying NE cities like Newark, Philly, Cleveland and Toledo and Gary, Indiana kept deadbeat county and city workers on their bloated payrolls. Ugh!!! Disgusting it is.

Here is how it really is ………… if John has more disposable income, because he pays LESS TAXES, he might save more or he might buy a pencil. He just might need a new, sharp pencil. Now, the pencil factory or the local pencil distributor might need to hire more workers ………. to make and sell more pencils. The diners near the pencil factory might need to hire one more cook and one more wait person. The local servie station might hire another mechanic to better serve the pencil factory workers who need tune ups,etc.

This terrifies liberals ……… because folks are making their own decisions with THEIR money and it also could lead to a dimunition of power ………. due to less government deadbeat workers in need of the Demo politicans.

Teaparty is going to be heard from come November and Barry knows it. The cries of racsim do not work anymore. John Q. Public is on to that ………… look at the national polls. It is over for barry.

old timer

August 4th, 2010
4:48 pm

I do not hate the President.. I do not know him. I fear he is taking this country in entirely the wrong direction. You cannot spend your way out of debt. And GA isn’t so bad. It is a wonderful place to live. I love Atlanta and really miss as I am in another state for a while. Schools everywere are having to do with less and ugly commercials are the way of life in a political race. I have live in 9 different states and it is always the same. Try to find the person you think is the best. AND if people hate GA so much move!

Mrs. Glenn Richardson

August 5th, 2010
12:25 pm

I’d contribute, but he’s late with the damn alimony check again.

Warren Buffet

August 5th, 2010
12:29 pm

I contribute, but I’m giving it to people who need it.

Pencil Company CEO

August 5th, 2010
12:40 pm

@Taxes and government payrolls and pencils:

Since the Republicans sent all the jobs overseas, the pencil you refer to is made in China and bought on the internet. No employees, distribution or sales infra-structure. Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane. A real last-century business model.

Jayne M. Barker mo

August 8th, 2010
10:33 am

Deal with all of his “Battle of Atlanta” cronies is worried about Karen’s education; he better be worried about facing the U. S. Grand
Jury. He is holding his breath that he can get through the 10 Aug Runoff before the “real Deal” truth is told. This could wreck havoc
for the GOP in General Election( Nov) were he to win this Runoff Tues.

Jayne M. Barker mo

August 8th, 2010
10:44 am

I suspected that Atlanta was full of Carpetbaggers ans Scalawags but
look how they have panicked and are coming out of the woodwork at the
eleventh hour. Some are going to have to go out and find real jobs
to support their unladylike women!! They might even have to settle for
a Ford or Chevy next year (a real nightmare, now wouldn’t that be SAD.
When this is over, they just might have to go out and have a hissyfit.

Jayne M. Barker mo

August 13th, 2010
5:06 pm

Hey, you’re going to get to keep your leased Lexus!!! Have a ball you all…


August 15th, 2010
8:20 pm

dont get me started

Janice Miller

August 20th, 2010
9:52 am

I am involved in comerical rela estate in Atlanta and trying to attract new business. IMHO:

The only businesses that low taxes will attract to our state our low paying businesses only here for cheap labour or tax breaks. These are the same businesses that bankroll state replicans. We would be better servered to build a world class city in Atlanta with an infrastructure to attract large corporations who will being quality jobs.

The number one thing large businesses want is good educated employees. I am afraid if an ignoramous like Deal is elected he will turn business away from investing in GA as people will think all we care about is god, guns and cutting taxes!


September 10th, 2010
7:50 am

Janice you can try but making a case for Atlanta is difficult when you see the incompetence and outright corruption that has been the hallmark of its leadership for so many years.

Janice Miller

September 12th, 2010
9:14 pm

Will, I am not going to disagree with you about the corruption which needs to be erradicated but that is an “efficiency” issue with what/who we already have in place. We need reform across the board.

However with the two choices we have for governer I am afraid Deal will make many businesses not even consider our state to begin with and give a big competitive advantage to cities such as Charlotte. Although Barnes isn’t ideal I think he will improve our states image as opposed to Deal who will destroy it.