Georgia Report: RGA spends $5.4 million to beat Roy Barnes

Tom Crawford has posted this at the Georgia Report:

The Republican Governors Association has become the biggest independent spender by far in the governor’s race, pumping more than $5.4 million into the campaign to support former congressman Nathan Deal.

In its disclosure report filed Tuesday, the RGA said it has spent $5,416,530 in Georgia to produce and buy air time for attack ads aimed at former governor Roy Barnes, the Democratic nominee. The money has been channeled through a shell campaign fund, RGA Georgia 2010 PAC.

By the time the ballots are counted on Tuesday, the RGA may well have spent more than $6 million in its efforts to beat Barnes. If there’s a runoff between Deal and Barnes, the RGA could conceivably end up spending as much as $7 million or $8 million on the governor’s race.

The RGA has spent almost as much as Deal reported raising in his last disclosure report for the period ending Sept. 30, which was $6.29 million.

RGA money has more than erased any fundraising advantage Barnes might have had earlier in the race. The combined amount of money spent by RGA and Deal totals $11.7 million, according to the latest available information.

The Democratic Governors Association has contributed $1.5 million to the Barnes campaign. The combined Barnes-DGA money totals $9.25 million.

Over at The Fix, a Washington Post blog, Chris Cillizza says the RGA has dropped $35 million on four other gubernatorial races in Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania — $6.5 million in just the last few days.

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46 comments Add your comment

Doug Craig

October 29th, 2010
4:01 pm

I hope they spend 5 million more in the run off :)

Ralph

October 29th, 2010
4:02 pm

At this point, it will just pay off bills.

Deal has already the Governorship in the bag.

eli

October 29th, 2010
4:05 pm

I hope all of you GOPers realize that Deal will win not because he is the best nominee. It was purchased.

professional skeptic

October 29th, 2010
4:06 pm

This explains how Deal is able to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars of his campaign cash to his top staffer’s business for all that air travel. The out-of-state shadow organizations fund his campaign ads, allowing Deal to slush more of his own campaign funds to his most loyal cronies.

With all these millions of dollars of shady money flowing all around him, it’s no wonder Nathan Deal is so desperate to stay in politics.

Steven

October 29th, 2010
4:07 pm

Yeah, stop spending! Roy Barnes could care less! He’s the next governor!

eli

October 29th, 2010
4:10 pm

which brings to mind. If Deal can not handle his own finances and needs to steal from American taxpayers how can he handle the budget of a state?

Virginia

October 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

The RGA might just feel cheated in the not too distant future when our corrupt Governor Deal is indicted and we get to see him perp-walked out of the Governor’s Mansion. Wonder how much of that money will eventually wind up in Deal’s personal account, after being laundered a few times. Thanks RGA, no worries now!!

Tdawg money

October 29th, 2010
4:12 pm

eli…..that is a silly, uninformed statement. The real reason barnes will lose…..without a runoff….is because NOBODY, other than lawyers, respects an Ambulance-Chasing lawyer….which is how barnes made his millions. That is easily the 2nd most slimy profession in the world. Barnes will (and has) sue anything that breathes….just to line his own pockets. And worst of all, he has the audacity to question somebody else’s ethics. That is sort of like Bill Clinton lecturing someone on respecting the Oval (oral) office.

Virginia

October 29th, 2010
4:32 pm

Tdawg, it also sounds like you hate lawyers. So why is it okay that Deal’s a lawyer? And also sounds like it’s better to misuse your elected office to line your own pockets than it is to have a legitimate job and good business sense? Really?

john

October 29th, 2010
4:35 pm

Nathan Deal likes to spend everyone else’s money but his own.

Tdawg money

October 29th, 2010
4:37 pm

P.S. I don’t know what you are talking about on Casey….you got me on that one…and Dude, I CERTAINLY have no problem with being successful and making huge money…..it’s the American Dream, go after it! I simply despise (my personal opinion) the personal injury—-whistleblower—product liability—false disability claimant—tort thugs—aka, AMBULANCE CHASING lawyers….of which Barnes is the worst.

Gary Scott Holt

October 29th, 2010
4:42 pm

You all may want to read the latest on Barnes’ failure to file disclosures with the State Ethics Commission http://wp.me/p131wR-k0

Keep doing this GOP

October 29th, 2010
4:42 pm

It was in Casey Cagles office that Nathan Deal met with and arm twisted Bart Graham into not privatizing the salvage business that Deal and his business partner had a no-bid contract with the state. Graham has met with a federal grand jury investigating Nathan Deal and his partner.

That Cagle refuses to meet with the grand jury speaks volumes .

Retired Soldier

October 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

eli-

Does that mean Barnes bought the primary? Just askin….

Tdawg money

October 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

Va….of course I know Deal is a lawyer….can’t say I’m crazy about that….but don’t take my word for it….call up Alston and Byrd….or King and Spalding in Atlanta; and ask them the last time Deal was in a courtroon except as a Prosecutor. BTW, 2 of my best friends are lawyers….I love giving them shameful grief over it….one is a Public Defender and the other is a Contract lawyer…..somewhat (though not entirely) respectable positions.

Last Man Standing

October 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

professional skeptic:

“stop hating on Roy Barnes”

How do you “hate on” someone? I know it’s possible to hate someone, but to “hate on” somebody?

dorothy stapen

October 29th, 2010
4:45 pm

I hope you Deal creeps get a big shock Tuesday night.

john

October 29th, 2010
4:46 pm

You wouldn’t understand last man, all you’ve ever learned, you’ve learned from a book.

It used to be that being successful was an admirable trait, now you have desperate Republicans rallying against the inept and bankrupt attorney Deal.

Keep doing this GOP

October 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

Funny, everyone hates lawyers until they need one.

oy

findog

October 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

What a waste, for $3M they could have paid Congressman Deal to settle his debts and had Handel win in a landslide
Good theing the GOP is the fiscally grounded, grown up, business like party…

Retired Soldier

October 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

Dorothy-

ouch you mean person

John-

Your post didn’t make sense.

Last Man Standing

October 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

john:

Sorry . . . I don’t know any deperate Republicans. I do know some that are preparing for a major victory celebration on Tuesday night, though.

john

October 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

I guess “desperate”, “inept”, and “bankrupt” are too big for your vocabulary.

AngryVoter

October 29th, 2010
4:51 pm

eli – the Dems handed Deal a win by nominating Barnes. Would you ask Typhoid Mary to cook your meal? Would you ask Bernie Madoff to manage your money? Would you ask Lizzie Borden to chop down a tree while you took a nap nearby?

Dems, in their we-know-better way acted foolishly in their primary. No amount of money will change the fact that their nominee has already failed at the job he wants us to give hime again. Barnes cannot fool the majority of the people again.

AngryVoter

October 29th, 2010
4:54 pm

While the Reps may be ready to celebrate, the middle, you know, the people who really decide the election, won’t be joining in the celebration. The middle regrets the two horrible choices the parties have put forward.

Barnes’ entire platform is that he is not as bad as Deal. Deal seems to be saying despite his having ethical and financial issues, he is still the better choice. There is nothing to celebrate when either wins. The State loses not matter which fool gets elected.

UGA graduate

October 29th, 2010
4:55 pm

Nathan Deal is the Bernie Maddoff of Republican politics. Can he run the government of Georgia from his jail cell? I would trust him with two cents of my own money, much less the taxpayers of this state.

Retired Soldier

October 29th, 2010
4:56 pm

John-

Now now be nice. What republicans are rallying “against” Deal?

Retired Soldier

October 29th, 2010
4:57 pm

UGA-
I didn’t know an indicment had been issued. Thanks for the scoop.

Political Ho

October 29th, 2010
5:03 pm

Sometimes ya just have to call in a professional exterminator to get rid of the rats. Roy Barnes is a disgusting political shill. Why did Roy Barnes empower and embolden the most notorious serial pedohphile in U.S. history? http://bibbrepublicanparty.com

The Centrist

October 29th, 2010
5:21 pm

Political Ho…If Barnes embolden the most notorious seial pedohphile in US history, then Perdue will go down in history as letting more sex offenders (three) escape in less than 30-days in US history. Be like Paul Harvey and read the rest of the story.

professional skeptic

October 29th, 2010
5:22 pm

Political Ho
October 29th, 2010
5:03 pm

OK… so a vile criminal who was entitled to representation received his day in court, and then he went to prison. Same thing happened to Bill Campbell. Same thing happened to Bernie Madoff. That’s the way justice works in this country.

Nathan Deal can rest assured that he’ll be entitled to legal representation and have his day in court. Then, maybe Last Man can finally stop all his daily howling about Deal not being convicted.

By the way, my favorite part about “bibbrepublicanparty.com” is the fine print at the bottom:

“BibbRepublicanParty.com is not affiliated in any way with the BCRP. The BCRP does not control the content of this site.”

Mike

October 29th, 2010
5:24 pm

Still not even close to the $20 million Barnes raised from the trial lawyers and the lobbyist shakedowns in 2002.

The Centrist

October 29th, 2010
5:34 pm

Conservatives are rallying around Deal like flies to manure planted by a few unknown contributors from out of state. But even the Georgia flies are holding their noses with clothes pins. Deal will follow in the footsteps of the great ethical footsteps of Perdue, make a whole lot of money (I wonder what landlocked property Deal will swap for) while in office, and laugh at all the broke Georgians who call themselves conservatives he suckered when he leaves office.

The Centrist

October 29th, 2010
5:44 pm

Mike. Does your comment mean that just because you have raised more money, does not guarantee an election? Or, does it mean that you think you know where Barnes raised his money, but you have no clue who is funding the RGA? Or does it mean that there are some people, present company excluded, who lack the intellectual curiosity as to why these unknown out-of-state RGA funders (but we can guess are not trial lawyers, but are 2%er) are pouring so much money into a red state over a gubernatorial campaign?

Lars

October 29th, 2010
5:48 pm

There will be a major quid pro quo for that $5.4 million (and climbing). Groups, political or special interest, don’t give away that type of support for free – it always come with a price.

td

October 29th, 2010
6:06 pm

All of you libs on this just do not get it or refuse to accept that this election was over before the primary was over. This is a national election (even MSNBC and the NY times admit it). The national Democratic party and the Obama administration pushed a far left agenda when the silent majority begged them to stop (remember all those town hall meetings). The twisted arms, made secret deals and pulled every parliamentary maneuver to pass the agenda. The silent majority are mad as h3ll and they will come out in force and vote straight republican ticket next week to send a message to Washington. Every Republican running for state wide office will win and Georgia will probably send two additional republican congressmen to Washington.

Guess who is to blame for what is about to happen? All of you liberal bloggers on here that did not have the foresight to see what the repercussions would be for a far left agenda being pushed on a center/right nation.

yuzeyurbrain

October 29th, 2010
6:08 pm

Actually, fact that Republican Governors spent money themselves rather than donate to Deal speaks to their wisdom in avoiding “shrinkage” and is an admission of Deal’s corruption.

Last Man Standing

October 29th, 2010
6:57 pm

td:

You are, of course correct. This election is no more nor less than a referendum on Obama and the far-left nutjobs. The repudiation will be complete. The majority of people who voted for Obama were mesmerized by the chant, “Yes, we can”. They now understand what the “change you can believe in” is really all about and they “hope” to turn this liberal/progressive movement around. To that I say, “YES, WE CAN”!

Bobby Anthony

October 29th, 2010
7:23 pm

It is money well spent. The only thing left for Nathan to become the governor is just counting the votes.

Last Man Standing

October 29th, 2010
7:40 pm

john – 4:50 pm

John:

It appears that you wish to engage in a battle of wits. I won’t oblige you as I refuse to shoot an unarmed man. Go away, you’re annoying me.

professional skeptic

October 29th, 2010
8:11 pm

Tdawg:

HERE’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT WITH CASEY:

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/25569918/detail.html

Republicans really now how to pick class acts.

CINBUF

October 29th, 2010
11:57 pm

Excellent detailed coverage of RGA’s expenditures’ this election cycle. Recent published numbers show that Dem’s and supporters are spending more money then Republicans… Do you have Democratic group’s disclosures? If not, when? And if you already have them, when will you report? And if you have already reported, please direct me to your site that I missed. Thank you and keep up the good work. Georgia is really super lucky to have you…really

Ol Hummon

October 30th, 2010
1:29 am

Goobernor-elect Deadly Deal will do us proud!

The Death of the dreams of decent Jawjans.

Vince

October 30th, 2010
2:10 pm

I cannot think of a better way to spend 5.4 million

Last Man Standing Before a Urinal

October 30th, 2010
6:00 pm

Vote Republican. We have run the state capitol for 8 years straight. Throw the bums out in Washington, but don’t pay attention to your home state. We like one party rule to extend past a decade with no questions asked. Don’t ask (about our record), don’t tell (the voters we failed too).

True republican

October 31st, 2010
3:29 pm

Pro skept,

Ray Boyd has admitted his basis for this ethics complaint is he has heard this rumor from several sources. He has zero proof he is going on rumors and he openly admits it. That shows you Rays character. Willing to accuse a man of committing adultery with absolutely no evidence. Filing an ethics complaint based completely on rumors several days before an election……..hummmmmm. Ya think this might be a political stunt? Only you could fall for this!