On Tuesday, with a June 30 deadline only seven days away, Karen Handel begged for spare change.
“Any amount you can contribute right now will go a long way in helping us meet our goals next week,” the Republican candidate for governor said.
At five days out, John Oxendine , a GOP rival, asked supporters to empty their pockets, else a Democratic bogeyman will reign over them. “I am running to protect the traditional values Georgia holds dear from Roy Barnes and the liberals in Atlanta,” he said.
Republicans and Democrats alike, whether running for governor or something else, see the end of the month as a kind of CRCT test for grown-ups.
The size of a candidate’s treasury in the first six months of this year will be read as a measure of strength and viability — could determine the size of his/her treasury for the next six months as well.
There will be exceptions. Democrat Roy Barnes specifically declared that he wouldn’t start his campaign until next month, escaping any scrutiny of his fund-raising strength. Nathan Deal, the Republican congressman running for governor, will not doubt point out that he didn’t join the race until May.
Austin Scott, the Republican candidate for Tifton in the race for governor, has announced that he will begin a 1,000-mile walking tour of Georgia, starting at the state’s northern end on Saturday. We’ll let you interpret what that says about his fund-raising.
Every candidate tells us that fishing for campaign cash has been extremely tough this year. But consider the situation of Kathy Cox, the state school superintendent. She and her builder husband filed for personal bankruptcy last year.
On this morning’s ajc.com, my colleague Christian Boone reports an even more pressing burden:
First bankruptcy, now foreclosure for state School Superintendent Kathy Cox, who stands to lose her Peachtree City home.
The house is scheduled for auction July 7 on the Fayette County Courthouse steps, according to a legal notice published last week in the Fayette Daily News…
The Coxes’ home, which they share with two teenage sons, was their biggest listed asset, valued at $450,000. Two mortgages on the home total $442,907.55, according to court documents.
Cox has put out the word that she’s running for re-election. One candidate has already expressed interest in challenging her in the Republican primary, according to the Georgia Association of Educators.
It has to be hard to make calls for campaign cash when your house is on the auction block.
Several of you have asked the question, so this morning we rang up several attorneys, both Republican and Democrat, to ask whether — in a personal bankruptcy proceeding — campaign contributions made to a candidate could be claimed by creditors.
No, they all said, as long as said campaign committee is self-incorporated. “They’re totally separate entities,” said Stefan Passantino of McKenna, Long & Aldridge, who specializes in campaign finance compliance.
Cox’s situation is unusual. Usually, the question is asked the other way around. A candidate’s campaign falls into debt, and creditors go after the candidate to satisfy the debts. And still, the answer is no — one entity is not liable for the obligations of the other.
While you ponder that, consider these other items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Three former county employees, others indicted as part of DeKalb ticket-fixing ring. Senate panel OKs F-22 funds, despite veto threat. Delta’s debt rating sinks. Metro Atlanta jobless rate nears double digits. Georgia, like all other states, will meet deadline for highway stimulus funds. Homeowners denounce proposed Atlanta tax hike. Ex-Grady CEO denies calling Stephenson an “immoral woman.” State’s biggest universities use wait lists to fill freshman classes.
Your Luckovich fix. Jim Wooten recommends double-decking the Downtown Connector. Jay Bookman says the Voting Rights Act remains relevant to today’s Georgia. John Lewis: Give Troy Anthony Davis a new trial. Beth Malone thinks Georgia needs mortgage reform.
From elsewhere in Georgia:
Carrollton Times-Georgian: Councilmen blast city for payments to state Rep. Tim Bearden. Atlanta Unfiltered: Grady Hospital’s former CEO claims state lawmaker secretly rewrote his contract so she could take his $600,000-a-year job. MDJ: Sam Olens makes official his run for attorney general.
WSJ: Tax shelters slowed upgrade of D.C. Metro trains. NYT: Mark Sanford used state money to visit his lover. WP: The Sanford and Ensign scandals open a door on a previously secretive “C Street” spiritual haven.
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