The TV “education” campaign for one-cent transportation sales tax is about to begin in metro Atlanta.
But there will be a vote-pushing side of the campaign as well, and that, too, will require even more dough.
One of the first major fundraisers for this more political side of the effort will be on March 27 at Arthur Blank’s personal offices in Atlanta. High-end doesn’t begin to describe the event contemplated by Citizens for Transportation Mobility.
A $1,000 donation is required just for the reception, although the group says it will happily accept checks up to $250,000.
But most impressive, on the back of the invitation that is being spread via LinkedIn, is the massive list of sponsors – a sign of the corporate clout lining up behind the July 31 vote:
Cox Enterprises; Georgia Association of Realtors; Georgia Power Company; The Coca-Cola Company; Yancey Bros. Co.; AT&T; C. W. Matthews Contracting Co.; Comcast; Cousins Properties Incorporated; Delta Air Lines, Inc.; Genuine Parts; ICE; Jamestown; Parsons Brinkerhoff; Post Apartment Homes;
RockTenn; Siemens; SunTrust Banks, Inc.; The Home Depot; Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; UPS; Vulcan Materials Company; AGL Resources; Caterpillar; Duke Realty; General Electric; Georgia Hwy Contractors Assn.; Holder Construction Company; Regions Am Council of Engineering Cos. of GA; Alston & Bird LLP;
CH2M Hill, Inc.; Enterprise Holdings; Gables Limited Partnership; Georgia Crown Distributing Co.; Global Payments Inc.; Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.; King & Spalding LLP; McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; Metro Atlanta Chamber; National Distributing Company;
PwC; Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.; Stephens Rock & Dirt; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP; Troutman Sanders LLP; United Distributors, Inc.; Wolverton & Associates; AMLI Development Company, LLC; ARCADIS; Atlanta Apartment Association; Atlanta Realtors PAC; Carter Coro Realty Advisors LLC;
Eagle Rock Distributing Company; Edwards-Pitman Environmental; Goddard Investment Group; Greenberg Traurig Gresham, Smith & Partners; H.J. Russell & Co.; Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc.; Highwoods Properties; KCI Technologies, Inc.; Kimley-Horn & Assoc., Inc.; Robert & Laura LaChapelle; Lafarge North America; NAIOP Georgia; Noble Investment Group; Parkway Realty Services; Regent Partners; Selig Enterprises; Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Group; Skanska;
Stone Mountain Industrial Park; The Atkins North American Holdings Corp. PAC; Transwestern; Weeks-Robinson Properties; AGCO; BPAC-Builders Political Action Cmte; Cobb Association of Realtors; Deloitte; Dow Lohnes PLLC; Equifax Inc.; Foley Products Company; Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce; Hatch Mott McDonald; LPA/Michael Baker Jr. Inc.; McGee Partners; NGI Investments North American Properties – Atlanta, Ltd.; Nova Engineering & Environmental, LLC; STV/ Ralph Whitehead Associates.
According to Ralph Reed and contrary to the expectations of many, evangelicals are increasing their influence in the GOP presidential primaries. From the National Journal:
An analysis conducted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition found the Born-Again Christian vote accounted for half the total electorate in the 2012 GOP presidential primary, the highest total recorded in the modern era. Evangelicals have constituted 50.53 percent of this year’s vote, according to 16 exit and entrance polls taken during the primary, compared to just 44 percent in 2008.
Most states have seen the spike in participation. Ohio’s evangelical vote, for instance, increased from 44 percent four years ago to 47 percent this time. South Carolina saw a four-point jump, from 60 percent to 64 percent.
The Daily political blog explains why GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum could win the popular vote in his home state of Pennsylvania, but come up empty-handed when it comes to delegates in that state – who won’t be obliged to vote for him:
The ranks of delegate hopefuls are littered with Republican state committee members, elected officials and others with close party ties, who will ultimately be more beholden to a state party leadership that, while officially neutral, is visibly leaning in Romney’s direction and increasingly vocal in its fear that Santorum could hurt the party in a general election — especially after witnessing his 18-point drubbing in 2006.
In a speech this week, President Barack Obama chastised the GOP presidential field for what he called their backward-looking ways. Obama compared them to a 19th century president , Rutherford B. Hayes. Hayes, the 21st century president alleged, examined one of the first telephones – and promptly said it would never catch on.
Not so, according to New York magazine, which tracked down a Hayes historian:
She then read aloud a newspaper article from June 29, 1877, which describes Hayes’s delight upon first experiencing the magic of the telephone. The Providence Journal story reported that as Hayes listened on the phone, “a gradually increasing smile wreathe[d] his lips and wonder shone in his eyes more and more.”
Hayes took the phone from his ear, “looked at it a moment in surprise and remarked, ‘That is wonderful.’”
Hayes, it seems, was so addicted to new technology that he had one of the first typewriters on his block.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider