If President Barack Obama intends to put Georgia in play this fall, he’ll have to write the entire check for the effort.
According to the March 31 disclosure filed by the Democratic Party of Georgia, the organization is barely keeping its head above water. It raised $140,966 over the last three months, and spent $133,312.
It has $149,095 in cash on hand. But the bottom line would be much more bleak, were it not for nearly $40,000 from state House Democrats, mostly in $2,000 checks.
Among the party’s expenditures was $10,000 paid to Tasso Knight, a retired union lobbyist, who served as lobbyist for the state party at the Capitol this year. The payment became part of an argument over finances among ranking Democratic leaders this winter.
Democrats have their main fund-raiser for the year on April 28. It will feature the Rev. Joe Lowery and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson.
By comparison, the Republican Party of Georgia had its main fundraiser during the reporting period. The state GOP raised $375,869, and spent $290,890, according to its disclosure report.
Most contributions have corporate origins, but a few small ones stand out. For instance, the Committee to Elect Kevin Levitas gave $1,250 to the state GOP. Levitas, of Atlanta, served as a Democrat in the state House before leaving the chamber in 2010. His father is a former Democratic congressman.
The state GOP had $929,361 in cash on hand as of March 31.
Again, this isn’t all that much. By himself, state Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, has $740,513 in cash on hand.
Consider it more proof that, in this era of super PACs, statewide parties now occupy a much diminished role.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider