Your Sunday jolt: U.S. Chamber comes down on Democrat Jim Marshall’s side

If you were watching the “Georgia Gang” on WAGA-TV this morning, you saw that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has stepped into 8th District congressional contest – on the side of U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon.

The Los Angeles Times has the details:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been a powerful ally for Republican candidates in this year’s midterm campaigns, quietly moved across the aisle this week and bought ads touting nearly a dozen Democratic House members.

The “voter education” spots are running on behalf of 10 members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, many of them in the South, including Georgia’s Jim Marshall, Virginia’s Glenn Nye, Maryland’s Frank Kratovil, Mississippi’s Travis W. Childers and Alabama’s Bobby Bright.

The ads were spotted by political media trackers. A spokesman for the chamber would not confirm the buys, but filings with the Federal Election Commission show that the Chamber spent a total of $1,899,772 to run two separate ads for each candidate.

The pro-Democratic media campaign marks a sharp pivot for the influential business lobby, which has poured millions of dollars into ads supporting Republicans. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the organization is the top-spending third-party group so far this cycle. This week alone, it dropped nearly $10 million on ads around the country, most of them aimed at lifting GOP candidates.

Marshall is being challenged by Republican Austin Scott, a state lawmaker from Tifton.

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At Sanford Stadium in Athens on Saturday, you couldn’t go far without being reminded of the race for governor.

Libertarian John Monds rented a plane and a banner touting his campaign. Former congressman Nathan Deal, the Republican nominee, prowled the sidelines, and was rewarded with a strictly non-political radio interview with Chuck Dowdle.

Those keeping track of the Georgia-Tennessee game on the radio also heard a lengthy, 60-second message from Democratic nominee Roy Barnes. The script:

Female actor, amid office background noise: I’ll make this quick. I have to pick up my kids at soccer practice. I’m a mom, but I also have a career, and had to work my way to this corner office. It wasn’t easy.

Male actor: Am I interrupting?

Female actor: Put that down here, please. I tell the guys outside I’m recording.

Male actor: Something important?

Female actor: I think so. I’ve had to make some tough decisions. Fire people, hire people. Which brings me to my point. If Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal came in applying for a job, it would be an easy choice. Mr. Deal can’t manage money, breaks laws, hides investments, has ethical conflicts, and lives off shady insider deals.

Roy Barnes is a successful banker, attorney, farmer, and investor. I think you get my point. In November, we hire a governor. Who do you want running your business? I don’t think the choice is even close. Roy Barnes. Hold the elevator.

You’ll remember that Deal’s third and latest TV focused on education, using a female narrator. Given that, it’s clear that the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor agree on one thing: Women voters will make the difference next month.

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In Sunday’s Savannah Morning News, political columnist Larry Peterson continued to hammer on appearances by the Barnes Law Firm before judges appointed by the former Democratic governor:

His law firm has appeared three dozen times before judges he appointed, winning – or helping win – his clients hundreds of millions of dollars.

Never mind, say his supporters.

Never mind one of the judges gave Barnes’ campaign $10,000 less than a month before Barnes named him to the bench.

Never mind that judge has given Barnes’ current campaign $2,000.

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Meanwhile, Blog for Democracy has poked through Nathan Deal’s campaign finance statements and found this:

Based on a review of his disclosure reports, from 7/31/2009-9/22/2010, Nathan Deal spent $81,225.47 from his campaign account on legal/attorney fees. This includes $20,924.40 in August and September of 2010.

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And for some reason, Gov. Sonny Perdue failed to broadcast the fact that he had declared Oct. 4-10 to be Financial Planning Week.

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Tim Echols, the Republican nominee for the Public Service Commission, has let it be known that he’s received the endorsement of three Republican members of the PSC: Chairman Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Doug Everett, and Chuck Eaton.

McDonald had previously endorsed state Sen. John Douglas, R-Social Circle, who lost an August runoff to Echols.

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Finally, from the Associated Press:

A former Georgia legislator is preparing for an April trial on tax evasion charges.
Former state Rep. Jeanette Jamieson’s trial was scheduled by Fulton Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson at a brief hearing on Friday.
The Toccoa Democrat was charged in July 2009 with failing to file a state income tax return for calendar years 2006 and 2007 despite earning more than $127,000 in 2006 and more than $61,000 in 2007.
Jamieson says she is not guilty and claims she’s a victim of selective prosecution because of her politics.

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40 comments Add your comment

Ralph

October 10th, 2010
12:24 pm

Gee, Galloway/AJC again promoting a Democrat – that’s some “jolt”.

Mr. KnowitAll

October 10th, 2010
12:51 pm

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? the Chamber of Commerce endorses the long-term career politician over the small business man. It’s enough to make you puke.

Jonathan

October 10th, 2010
12:56 pm

Wow Ralph you really don’t like the truth do you? Kinda funny really, hypocrites like you are always on about “personal responsibilty” and “conservative values” yet it seems your candidate for governor Nathan Deal represents the polar opposite with his crookedness, tax evasion and twenty years being an “insider” in Washington.

I guess you would rather it was all hidden from the voters?

Mike

October 10th, 2010
1:07 pm

If there’s such a thing as a good Democrat, Jim Marshall is pretty close. At least he voted against Czar Obama’s healthcare & snubbed him when he was in Atlanta. Even though I consider myself a Republican, I can’t vote for Austin Scott just because he’s GOP.

Last Man Standing

October 10th, 2010
1:32 pm

Either on the night of November 2nd or the morning of November 3rd, the AJC will have to preface Deal’s name with “Governor-Elect”. The anti-democrat sentiment will sweep many democrats out of office and will thwart the candidacies of many more throughout America. The democrats will have no one to blame for this “housecleaning” but themselves.

For all those who have threatened to leave the state if Governor Deal is elected, moving companies will have extra staff on hand November 3rd. Delta is adding flights and Greyhound will have extra people at the ready. If you choose to drive, I-75, I-85, I-20 and I-95 will all be open. Y’all drive carefully, you hear?

Ralph

October 10th, 2010
1:38 pm

Jonathan calls me (and I guess a majority of Georgia voters) a hypocrite because I don’t buy into Barnes’ and the AJC’s negative ad/distortions about Deal’s finances. He is said to be a crook, yet almost bankrupt.

I don’t get to vote for or against Jim Marshall or Austin Scott and know little about either of them – I just remarked that the AJC is consistent in promoting Democrats.

My exception to Republican/Libertarian candidates I can vote for is for Democrat Ken Hodges for Attorney General who is a prosecutor, not a politician like Republican Sam Olens. He has bipartisan support endorsed by nearly 100 Democrat and Republican Sheriffs, the vast majority of District Attorneys from both parties, and the Police Benevolent Association.

Does that make any of you yellow dog Democrats feel better?

Jimmie

October 10th, 2010
2:48 pm

Out of the entire Dem. caucus in Congress (what are there, 219 of them) and the Chamber of Commerce can only find 12 of them worthy of support. That tells you what the Dem. majority looks like, a bunch of anti-business nut jobs.

John Galt

October 10th, 2010
2:49 pm

Jim Marshall has not been a bad representative- but if re-elected, on the opening day of the next Congress, he will vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House.

I just don’t know if I can get around that-

Last Man Standing

October 10th, 2010
3:27 pm

John Galt:

“he will vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House”

. . . if she is re-elected and if the domocrats don’t dump her.

findog

October 10th, 2010
3:40 pm

Those roads will be wide open because last man and Georgia’s future will be slowly circling the drain around 285

findog

October 10th, 2010
3:42 pm

Ralph
That’s blue dog to you

findog

October 10th, 2010
3:46 pm

Maybe the Chamber should start a new party
INO, moderates from each party who are willing to take the best of both extremes to do what best for America and not a narrow, wedge, ideological pure set of bumper sticker positions that do nothing but split the country apart

Ralph

October 10th, 2010
3:48 pm

Circling the I-285 drain (or black hole) is very apropos. That is certainly where most of the Georgia taxpayer funds are wasted.

findog

October 10th, 2010
3:56 pm

Ralph,
You can say that the money is wasted here only because the legislature meets at the capital for forty days a year.
Fact is that the state is a parasite living off of, and building infrastructure at metro Atlanta’s expense
Eventually the good old boy nanny state will drain so much from Atlanta that she dies on the vine

Bob Jones

October 10th, 2010
3:57 pm

Mike says he’s a Republican but can’t vote for Austin Scott which means he is probably a latent democrat but ashamed to admit it. He probably voted fot obama.

Ralph

October 10th, 2010
4:06 pm

The Atlanta, Fulton County, and Dekalb County governments are grafty jobs programs while infrastructure and schools crumble. Corporate taxes and the airport golden goose/ cookie jar are the only things making Atlanta less of a basket case than Detroit. Atlanta is the hole of the do-nut.

Last Man Standing

October 10th, 2010
4:27 pm

findog:

I guess that the democrats showed the nation their definition of “moderate” when they elected Obama?

Last Man Standing

October 10th, 2010
4:32 pm

findog:

You keep lamenting that the city of Atlanta is being “siphoned” by the rest of the state. I must admit that we are suffering a lack of crime scene tape and forensic evidence bags due to Atlanta’s need for these items. We are also experiencing a shortage of Section 8 housing outside of Atlanta due to high demand by the city of Atlanta.

All in all, maybe it is the city of Atlanta that is the parasite?

findog

October 10th, 2010
4:36 pm

Last man,
Like a health care law that means the insurers can’t drop you because your sick, but doesn’t go all the way to the liberal utopia of single payer?
Obama is a moderate, but from the far right fringe he seams communist

findog

October 10th, 2010
4:40 pm

Last man,
They have closed the massive section eight projects
Crime in Atlanta is down
BTW, I said metro, like your old haunts in Gwinnett
Check where “state” funds are spent and you’ll find it is well beyond 285

Ralph

October 10th, 2010
4:47 pm

State funds are surely a huge plus from the Atlanta suburb revenues compared to spending.

The IQ of Atlanta drops 50% at the end of every evening rush hour. Productivity drops 90%, unless you count successful criminals as being productive.

findog

October 10th, 2010
4:57 pm

Ralph
Productivity drops everywhere when people leave work
Unless you’re measuring homework, dinner, and after school band practice…

JD

October 10th, 2010
4:59 pm

Ralph: You are so slow — you just admitted all the smart folks come to Atlanta to make money…
They only live in the burbs to avoid paying the costs of occupying the city all day. But, then again, Republicans never were partial to being held accountable. (See Nixon, Cheney, Bush, Gingrich, Speaker Richardson, etc).

Ralph

October 10th, 2010
5:16 pm

Liberals pretending that productive citizens are an average commodity in Atlanta is not gaining any credibility here. I didn’t invent the “donut” term for the metro Atlanta area, but it is well understood by the vast majority of the electorate. Not to say there isn’t a good percentage of the electorate which votes for such wealth redistribution to the non-productive. Since finedog and JD can read and write, they must be on the higher end of the literacy scale of leftists, but obviously their comprehension needs work.

Last Man Standing

October 10th, 2010
5:36 pm

findog:

“Obama is a moderate”

I think that tells us a lot about your thinking!

Last Man Standing

October 10th, 2010
5:41 pm

findog:

“crime is down”?

I have seen firsthand the reporting of crime stats by the City of Atlanta, and I can assure you that crime is not down! In the past, they have “downgraded” srmed robberies to simple thefts, home invasions to burglaries, etc., etc., etc.

I know how they play that game with the Uniform Crime Reporting.

Last Man Standing

October 10th, 2010
5:42 pm

typo – “smrd” should read “armed”

JD

October 10th, 2010
6:30 pm

Ralph – paying for what you take ain’t wealth re-distribution. Guess you ended up in the same math class as Deal.

MD

October 10th, 2010
7:10 pm

We should come down on every democrat out there!Any one who wants to take away from the life blood of 85% of the American work force is a lunatic.The rest just want a free ride including the unions who think they are the only way to grow America.Parents teach your children well educate them and they will be the leaders of this country not the free loaders.

MD

October 10th, 2010
7:16 pm

lil

October 10th, 2010
7:21 pm

I just hope the Chamber will not endorse Deal. His shady business practices, corruption issues, poor money management, and tax problems will not ecourage business and industry to locate in GA.

td

October 10th, 2010
8:14 pm

I could see myself voting for Marshall if he would just come out and say that under no circumstances I will not vote for Pelosi for speaker of the house.

KIM

October 10th, 2010
8:21 pm

BOY!!!! was Marshall a little scared tonite in the debate or What? Austin Scott held nothing back, He will be our next Congressman of the 8th! Marshall should know his days are numbered.

bart

October 10th, 2010
9:48 pm

It’s time we started voting for the best candidate regardless of party. Just because someone has an R by his name doesn’t mean he’s the best candidate. GA will never be a leader as long as we vote blindly for Republicans. We need to be a 2 party state so neither party has a monopoly on our votes. Competition is good in politics just as it is in business.

td

October 10th, 2010
10:00 pm

bart, When the Democratic Party starts nominating conservatives then I will be more than happy to take a look at them and pick the best candidate (like Nunn, Harris and Miller, I voted for all three). Please do not even try to tell me Barnes is a conservative. No good conservative would support and send money to Obama.

Jaypat

October 10th, 2010
10:35 pm

I presume tha this is the ‘good ole boy’ network here.

Maybe some of you caught Jay Bookman’s presenatation on the distribution of wealth in America. If not, then look at his blog, and find it. It’s pretty well known to those of us who follow these things. If you don’t know then what it means is that the top 20% of the public control something like 87% of the wealth, while the bottom 40% control the whopping sum of 0.3% of the wealth.

The point that he doesn’t make, although he had abundant opportunites to do so, is that the US economy is basically a consumer-oriented economy. At least 70% of US spending is based on the expenditures by conusmers.

Now, you may have asked yourself, if the consumer doesn’t have the means to spend, then how are they supposed to do their thing, and spend money in our markets? One answer is that they can put it on their credit cards (which is even less likey to happen because there are tightened credit requirements on credit cards).

So, if it takes money to make the economy go, and most of the money is held by the top 20% of the public–and it certifiably is–then either the top 20% had better get at it, spending money like there is no tomorrow…or either the state should confiscate that money and put it into circulation for the benefit of the general public. (Higher taxes are automatically called “confiscatory” anyway, so why not lead with the chin here,and get it over with at the outset…?)

To wrap up, it takes money to make this economy move. If a few people have most of the money, the the economy won’t work. Plain and simple. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Rewpublican or a Democcrat, it is money in circulation that makes the economy go.

The state is in a very bad situation economically, what with the past 8 years of Republican rule and it’s emphasis on “trickle down” economics. “Trickle down” economica has NEVER worked and it will never work; it only serves to further enrich the already rich.

Nub

October 11th, 2010
12:17 am

A comment said, “We should come down on every democrat out there!Any one who wants to take away from the life blood of 85% of the American work force is a lunatic”

But do consider. Republican president 18 of last 30 years (8 of last 10); Republican congress 11 of last 15 years. The sucking sound is obscured by populist rhetoric never delivered on. The blood suckers are the elite who have sold the dwindling middle class a bill of goods.

Mr. KnowitAll

October 11th, 2010
3:23 am

It is also an unassailable fact that in January 2007, when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took over Congress, unemployment was 4.6% and food stamp usage was around 26.5 million Americans. Today, the unemployment rate is 9.6% and over 40 million Americans are on food stamps.

Compare this to our record after conservatives took control of Congress in 1994.

In four years, unemployment fell from 5.6% to 4.2% and food stamp usage dropped by 8 million Americans thanks to record job creation. Furthermore, turned a $107 billion deficit into a $125 billion surplus in four years, paying off more than $400 billion in federal debt. And we did it with a liberal Democrat in the White House.

You can use this vivid contrast between the record of the Pelosi-Reid Democratic Congress and the last time the Republican Party took control of Congress to powerfully illustrate the difference for every American between the Democratic Party of food stamps and the Republican Party of paychecks. Newt Gingrich

Virginia

October 11th, 2010
11:02 pm

@Mr. Know It All: The number of folks unemployed and the number of food stamp users began rising under the total mismanagement of GWB! Paychecks under Repubs? Only if you want to flip burgers somewhere!! Wake up, Mr. KIA!! But, as usual, Repubs want to skip over those Bush years-you go directly from 1994 to 2007! Great analysis there….if you’re into time travel!
P.S. I heart findog!

UGA 1954

October 12th, 2010
9:31 am

I’m loving the rhetoric of Obama regarding the U.S. Chamber ads that are being run for Republicans in other areas of the country. How can he possibly criticize that when Jim Marshall has an ad being run on his behalf? Can you say hypocrisy? If it’s good enough to be run for a Democrat, he should just keep quiet about any ads being run for Republicans. He can’t have it both ways.