Georgia Report: RGA spends $3.2 million to stop Roy Barnes

Some have said that the officialdom of the Republican Governors Association in Washington would rather crawl over broken glass than see Roy Barnes return as governor of Georgia. It may not come to that.

But it sure has been expensive. Tom Crawford at the Georgia Report has this financial tidbit:

The RGA set up a political action committee called RGA Georgia 2010 that is making independent expenditures on behalf of [Republican Nathan] Deal in the governor’s race. Disclosure reports filed last week show that the RGA PAC has now spent more than $3.2 million, largely on negative ads attacking Barnes.

That’s more than twice the amount of money spent by the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), which has turned over a total of $1.5 million to the Democratic Party of Georgia to support the Barnes campaign.

In effect, the RGA has assumed responsibility for producing and airing the negative ads that Deal normally would have paid for out of his own campaign coffers. That flow of Washington dollars has helped Deal erase any fundraising advantage that Barnes might have had earlier in the campaign.

The RGA is largely run by people who came out of Perdue’s political operation in Georgia. Nick Ayers, a Perdue campaign aide, is executive director of the RGA and Chris Schrimpf, who until recently worked in Perdue’s communications office, handles media relations for the organization.

As of Sept. 30, RGA Georgia 2010 reported independent expenditures totaling $3,207,423 in the governor’s race.

The largest part of that money, $2.68 million, has flowed to Target Enterprises, a media-buying firm based in Encino, Calif. Smaller amounts have been paid to the Scott Howell & Co. media production firm ($207,555); Dickey Strategic Relations ($142,446), the consulting firm run by Perdue’s former media spokesman, Derrick Dickey; and the Fabrizio McLaughlin polling firm ($87,500).

The DGA sent its $1.5 million to the Democratic Party of Georgia to spend in support of the Barnes campaign.

Reports filed by the Democratic Party show that the party has spent more than $1.8 million this year with LUC Media Group, the media-buying firm founded by Bobby Kahn, who ran Barnes’ campaigns in 1998 and 2002.

The Democrats spent $20,212 for media production services provided by Raymond Strother, who was also involved in Barnes’ earlier campaigns for governor.

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td

October 11th, 2010
5:00 pm

The RGA has not gotten negative yet. I am waiting on the commercial showing Barnes and Obama together and telling Georgia voters that a vote for Barnes is a vote for Obama.

dude

October 11th, 2010
5:03 pm

That ad would be effective for anyone crazy enough to vote for Deal anyway. This seat would be Handel’s for free.

greg best

October 11th, 2010
5:05 pm

Nick Ayers is doing Sonny Perdue’s bidding. Perdue is absolutely terrified at the thought of a Roy Barnes victory. Roy would be able to look at Perdue’s dirty and illegal acts and refer Perdue for prosecution.

Ralph

October 11th, 2010
5:21 pm

Too late for the RGA. The electorate is beating them to it.

Ralph

October 11th, 2010
5:24 pm

Oh, by the way – just another Galloway/AJC shill piece for Barnes – “Smearing the Atlanta metro area like the smog”.

Freddie

October 11th, 2010
5:29 pm

Cast my vote for Nathan today and it felt great!

greg best

October 11th, 2010
5:33 pm

Freddie…I voted last week and I cancelled out your vote.

Diogenes

October 11th, 2010
5:36 pm

For one, Barnes is not Obama.

Two, Nathan Deal may very well be under indictment come January.

Three, Nathan Deal has shown that he is irresponsible with both his own money as well as taxpayer money. Not only is Roy Barnes solvent, the state of Georgia, under his watch, was as well.

There are too many voting Republicans that have their heads in the sand to really change anything in GA. The status quo remains the same, hate on gays, demonize Muslims, be condescending toward African-Americans, hold women in contempt, tow the party line or else.

Or else what? That is a question that has yet to bare its answer.

At least I can sleep soundly knowing the person I cast my ballot for is above personal bankruptcy and robbing the coffers.

Last Man Standing

October 11th, 2010
5:50 pm

Barnes shouldn’t have to spend a single dime on negative campaigning: the AJC is doing it for nothing – for now.

Last Man Standing

October 11th, 2010
5:51 pm

greg bestL

Did gm sign you up and provide a bus to the polls for you?

Dawgs88

October 11th, 2010
5:53 pm

Hey Diogones, if you don’t like it here then leave you crybaby. I’d rather vote for someone who didn’t run Georgia’s schools into #50 in the country in the first place. Or the guy that wanted to ram that Northern Arc down everyone’s throat. Or that same piece of crap that changed the state flag without letting the people decide. Nobody is condescending Blacks. Heck they’re bigger crybabies than you. This is just one of those elections where there is no good candidate. The Dems are stupid for voting for Barnes again, and the Republicans didn’t run anybody any better. Glad to know my vote will cancel out yours, and I will sleep soundly after I do it too. Heck, I’d vote for a yankee before I’d vote for Barnes. Anybody But Barnes!!!!!!!

Last Man Standing

October 11th, 2010
5:55 pm

Diogenes:

“Not only is Roy Barnes solvent, the state of Georgia, under his watch, was as well.”

Perhaps you can tell us what the state had in cash reserves when he entered office and what the state had when he left office?

khc

October 11th, 2010
5:58 pm

and how much in property tax cuts did you get under barnes and now don/t you da

khc

October 11th, 2010
6:02 pm

repubs the party of paladino, odonnel, palin, isott, deminto, tan man, angle ad nauseum all nutbags sorta like some folks on this blog

Ralph

October 11th, 2010
6:04 pm

Like Barnes, the AJC has a severe credibility problem. People tend to go to the opposite of where they stand on issues.

earl

October 11th, 2010
6:13 pm

The RGA needed to spend some money to counter all these negative Roy Barnes tv ads. I wish the AJC would print how much Roy and the Democrats have spent on tv and radio. In the Savannah, Ga. market alone the Numbers would be huge. WTOC TV will make thier monthly sales goals from Roy Barnes ads alone. And they are all negative attack type ads. Don’t know why but Jim Galloway and the AJC doesn’t want Nathan Deal to be governor of Georgia. Please…leave the guy alone and let him run a positive campaign where talks about the issues important to Georgia voters.

red hill

October 11th, 2010
6:13 pm

Roybama is not the answer. He has already proven that he is a liberal elitist and nothing more. King Roy and Obama are one and the same.

dan

October 11th, 2010
6:16 pm

deal is a slope headedmule so are all repulcians one cannot belive any thing they sal nothing

The Centrist

October 11th, 2010
6:21 pm

Barnes ads do not come close to the way that Handel and Oxendine, among others, have “bad mouthed” Deal. As for the flag. I see that Sonny got elected, listened to the people, and the flag still has the stars and bars.

Last Man Standing

October 11th, 2010
6:39 pm

khc:

democrat – the party of Obama, Reed, Pelosi, Barny Frank, Chris Dodd, John Murtha,Ted (water under the bridge) Kennedy, Maxine Waters, Hank (the island might capsize) Johnson, Cynthia McKinney, etc., etc., etc.

catlady

October 11th, 2010
6:39 pm

Maybe the RGA could just pay off his debts?

khc

October 11th, 2010
6:52 pm

gop=ensign, vitter, craig, richardson, newt, livingston, foley, deal, broun, stevens, fiorina, foxx, price(less)

catlady

October 11th, 2010
6:56 pm

Dogs88 re your last sentence: Obviously. You WOULD vote for anyone rather than Barnes, if you are willing to vote for Deal.

I don’t like Barnes, and I don’t like all of his decisions, but he CAN obviously manage money. And we can just as obviously see Deal cannot. We don’t have money enough to pay Deal’s debts AND run the state. Give me someone who is solvent AND has spent time actually working AND has done some pro bono work. All Deal has done is some pro-Nathan “work” (if you can call it that.)

Better a lawyer who takes cases I don’t agree with than a “forgetful” liar and profligate, unable to fill out forms correctly.

Oh, and I guess the RGA cannot pay off Deal’s debts because they are MORE than $3.2 M.

Ralph

October 11th, 2010
6:56 pm

catlady, I guess it would be nice for Deal to have his son-in-laws debt paid by the RGA instead of him courageously stepping up to pay that failed investment with his IRA. Democrats illegally convert campaign funds for such personal use, but that is not a proper thing for Republicans.

Maybe he should become a trial lawyer and sponge off wealthy crooks and pedophiles like King Rat Roy.

khc

October 11th, 2010
7:02 pm

right ralph. roy could make a ton of money defending infamous republicans which you aptly describe

Ralph

October 11th, 2010
7:06 pm

Good one, khc. The only difference is that King Rat Roy actually DOES it with his scummy Democrat clients, when he isn’t fighting for illegal voters to vote for Democrats.

Rob Vinson

October 11th, 2010
7:11 pm

Had Nathan Deal filled out the financial disclosure forms correctly, and had the general public known of his financial situation prior to the runoff, i think Karen Handel would have easily won the nomination. I wish we had some new choices but the voters of GA should pick the lesser of the two evils. Deal will probably be indicted in January and even if he is governor and isn’t, he won’t be able to focus on GA’s business because of all of this other personal financial stuff that has to be dealt with. If the man can’t manage his own money, and tell the truth about anything, then how the hell is he going to run this state? He was in Washington 18 years and suddenly decides to resign….right before being investigated? Wake up people, and do the right thing. Don’t let that crook reside on W. Paces Ferry Road. He needs to stay in Gainesville, Hall County.

Last Man Standing

October 11th, 2010
7:13 pm

khc:

How could I have forgotten that democrat also include Charlie Rangel, Sanford Bishop, John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, etc.

Last Man Standing

October 11th, 2010
7:15 pm

Rob Vinson:

“Deal will probably be indicted in January”

And you are privy to this information how?

td

October 11th, 2010
7:20 pm

catlady, I have been reading your post for months on the Get Schooled blog and I can tell you there is no way you would ever vote for any Republican. You my dear are a bleeding heart liberal. God bless you for living in such a fantasy world.

Last Man Standing

October 11th, 2010
7:21 pm

catlady:

I’ll pose the same question to you:

Perhaps you can tell us what the state had in cash reserves when Barnes entered office as governor and what the state had when he left office?

td

October 11th, 2010
7:23 pm

Rob Vinson

October 11th, 2010
7:11 pm
Had Nathan Deal filled out the financial disclosure forms correctly, and had the general public known of his financial situation prior to the runoff, i think Karen Handel would have easily won the nomination.

I disagree with you my friend because there was no way a HS drop out deserves the Governors office. Now if you would have said if Deal’s financial information would have come out before the primary then Johnson would be the nominee then I might believe you.

td

October 11th, 2010
7:26 pm

khc, I thought you had given up on downing Deal and knew he was going to win? I thought you had said you were going to start being nice?

earl

October 11th, 2010
7:26 pm

http://www.getrealgeorgia. visit this site and read about the REAL ROY BARNES.

khc

October 11th, 2010
7:35 pm

just trying to be lively and ralph i guess it’s ok to have gov who gets $100k tax break and consorts with folks to get inside info and land deals……….deal crossed the line when he discussed his sole source deal with a repub led department of revenue….was that nice

td

October 11th, 2010
7:53 pm

khc

How about getting passed a whole new consumer protection laws that set up litigation heaven and has made it harder to attract businesses to move to Georgia? I am willing to bet this has cost a great deal more money to the state than a land deal or a small business monopoly?

dude

October 11th, 2010
7:54 pm

How come when I google nathan deal, it says corrupt and ethics.

khc

October 11th, 2010
7:57 pm

if it were that bad why haven’t they repealed it these last 8 years…..i seem to recall they did that on predatory lending….but i could be a little foggy there

td

October 11th, 2010
8:02 pm

dude

October 11th, 2010
7:54 pm
How come when I google nathan deal, it says corrupt and ethics.

I guess you missed that article in this paper a month or so ago that told us a “gay rights lawyer” in Atlanta had rigged Google to post show nothing but corruption or ethics to pull up on Deal.

dude

October 11th, 2010
8:04 pm

Oh, I thought it was just because he was corrupt and unethical.

Ralph

October 11th, 2010
8:06 pm

The AJC/COX/WSB biased poll that has to come in line with reality the last month of elections came out today (but not mentioned yet by the AJC itself)

According to the latest InsiderAdvantage/WSB-TV poll released October 11, Nathan Deal’s support continues to grow. His lead remains at 8%, but overall support inched him to 49%, while at the same time support for Libertarian John Monds was trending down.

Below is a recap of the current poll results as compared to the previous poll.

Deal (R): 49% (Up from 45%)
Barnes (D): 41% (Up from 37%)
Monds (L): 3% (Down from 5%)
Undecided: 7% (Down from 13%

td

October 11th, 2010
8:09 pm

khc

October 11th, 2010
7:57 pm
if it were that bad why haven’t they repealed it these last 8 years…..i seem to recall they did that on predatory lending….but i could be a little foggy there

That is an excellent question. It is because there are too many Republican lawyers in key positions in the legislature. I have been working hard to root them out of office but it is so hard to get rid of lawyers in either party.

retired old-timer

October 11th, 2010
8:12 pm

More effort needs to be made looking into the state reserves when Barnes left…..not so good: Plus he lied to teachers…..I know Deal has issues but, thinking about the hate spewed by Barnes turns my stomach. I agree with several posters ..this should have been Karen Handel…

Ralph

October 11th, 2010
8:12 pm

Just a month ago we had this same breathless announcement here:

Political Insider
InsiderAdvantage and Channel 2 poll: Nathan Deal, Roy Barnes in dead heat

1:45 pm September 17, 2010, by Jim Galloway

greg best

October 11th, 2010
8:23 pm

Nathan Deal’s next residence should be a prison, not West Paces Ferry Governor’s Mansion.

td

October 11th, 2010
8:23 pm

retired old-timer

October 11th, 2010
8:12 pm
More effort needs to be made looking into the state reserves when Barnes left…..not so good

Don’t hold your breath brother for this paper to do that story and definitely will not open up a blog on the subject.

rocks&glass houses

October 11th, 2010
8:33 pm

Greg Best/Vinson
Please do tell us the law that Deal broke.All total BS you guys need to get a life. Barnes are you serious?cant sell snake oil twice.

khc

October 11th, 2010
8:44 pm

the reserves issue could be beat to death again,…..

the rsr revenue shortfall reserve was for rainy days….

http://opb.georgia.gov/vgn/images/portal/cit_1210/4/42/163066223budget%20in%20brief%20afy%202010%20and%20fy%202011.pdf

note on pages 11 & 12 show revenues and rsrs….

rsr means rainy day fund…..when revenues decrease from +5 to -4 (2002 to 2003) that’s what rainy day funds are for….

does roy get credit for raising reserves in 2000 and 2001?

while i am no expert, i firmly believe you folks aren’t either……

but read those and if you were governor and bushes policies and 9/11 were not helping what would you do…..

i do know this….roy came in in 1999 there were 380m in rsr….he left jan 2003 and its say there was 260m……also note under zell there were no reserves in 1991 and 1992 and he enterered office in jan of 1991 during a recession.

one further point, these numbers alone do not paint the full picture but maybe it will help

Mike

October 11th, 2010
8:47 pm

Spending a lot of money trying to put a crook into the governor’s office. Let’s make that happen. BTW that tv ad with the redneck and the former KKK grand wizard is pretty accurate. It really shows what the people of Georgia are like. They don’t care if you have an unethical background, or if you lie about your finances, or if you continue to come up with excuses every time something else comes up each time the rock is lifted up. No wonder this state is so far down on any list when compared to other states. But I guess it is ok to be always at the bottom.

Rob Vinson

October 11th, 2010
8:51 pm

Last man standing….a little bird told me something about it.

TD Karen Handel came in second, less than a thousand votes behind Deal for the runoff.

rocks and glass houses…i’m not sure how many if any laws he broke. I just know the guys is “shady” and not exactly “lily white”