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