The strapped finances of Georgia’s Democratic party

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

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[...] The strapped finances of Georgia’s Democratic party 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. [...]

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
2:04 pm

Why in the name of all that is holy would you give money to the collection of incompetent morons that call themselves ‘democrats’ in this state? There is a REASON Republicans got the majority and it is not JUST because we have the highest sociopath per capita count in the nation….

Kaseem Reed is a georgia democrat…and after what he did to Occupy, I have as much use for him as I do for a bucket of warm spit.

And he is arguably the most powerful elected democrat in the state. If that waste of human flesh is the best the democrats in this state can do, better to go with the Greens….or better yet the Flat Earth Society or Communists or ANYTHING but Democrats.

td

April 10th, 2012
2:04 pm

Attention: Georgia has grown 6 million people in forty years! Where is everybody coming from? Majority republican districts up north! There is a great deal of greatness up north (Hence, New York City)!!! It is a whole different world! Needless to say many northerners are not familiar with the culture of the South. They are good people who vote republican! The following link is the reason why everybody came down here! Spread the good word!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNMjiELp47E

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
2:06 pm

@TD1 – Repetition of pre posted messages vastly increases my pet theory that most of the contards on this site are ALEC Think Tank employees…..

Independent voter

April 10th, 2012
2:15 pm

You have more people in GA living in poverty which will lean towards democrat..President Obama is
leading within the independent voters and GA republican will lose the women voters.

Independent voter

April 10th, 2012
2:17 pm

td your figure are wrong and GA will turn blue. Nathan Deal is turning more GA voters against the republicans.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
2:23 pm

@IV – Income level doesn’t matter with trailer trash. They vote how their feudal lords tell them to.

gm

April 10th, 2012
2:25 pm

The Obama campaign is smart, why waste money here in this state when the world knows these idiots are not going to vote for him, the people in Georgia will continue to vote against their interest,
These people will continue to vote to have a low grad rate, no job creation, poor schools, this is the state that voted for Newt, only 2 out of what 40 states, the voters in Georgia want to be left along to drink their bubba beer, watch UGA football, and continue to live in the 20 century, and cast their votes for the same rep party who have not done anything for Georgia.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
2:27 pm

@GM – Yes. The obama campaign is smart. Too bad their white house is composed of 30% republicans, 30% Corporate dems and only 30% progressives to result in a cluster meet the fockers not seen since Bush.

Holder is a joke. Salazar is a joke. Geitner is a joke. Rahm is a joke. The list goes on and on.

But Axelrod does know what he’s doing and it is indeed a total waste of money for anyone to spend anything on this state. Ever.

Becky

April 10th, 2012
2:28 pm

gm-I agree with everything you said.

Hab4453

April 10th, 2012
2:35 pm

Georgia has the destinction of being the most corrupt state in the nation. That’s what the Republicans have given the good people of Georgia. We’re #1 in corruption ! VOte Republican and keep the corruption going. The Republicans can’t operate without a corrupt system.

lars

April 10th, 2012
2:43 pm

Independent–people living in poverty are exactly who the Republicans are targeting with the Voter ID laws. Don’t expect them to vote –they won’t be able to.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
2:54 pm

@Hab – Ok, I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that no one hates or despises Republicans on this site more than me, but the reason this state is #1 in corruption is 100+ years of evil Dixiecrats FOLLOWED by demonic Republicans.

Its the combo that does it.

gm

April 10th, 2012
3:02 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico

Lets see Eric Holder has been the Atty Gen how long? now how many Atty Gen did Bush have? I like stability not a revolving door””

Hamilton

April 10th, 2012
3:07 pm

If you are frustrated with GOP and worry that Democrats are slipping to irrelevancy in GA, read this and know why a two party system is essential and why you should never ever give up.
This from “BETTER GA”
“Better Georgia calls on every candidate for and member of the General Assembly to terminate his or her ALEC membership or pledge to refuse a membership, if elected. Among Georgia politicians with known ties to ALEC:

Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-21), ALEC State Chairman, recipient of ALEC’s 2011 State Chair of the Year Award
Rep. Calvin Hill, Jr. (R-21), ALEC State Chairman
Sen. Nan Orrock (D-36), Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force
Sen. Don Balfour (R-9)
Rep. Terry England (R-108), ALEC’s Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force
Rep. Michael Harden (R-28), Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force
A complete list of Georgia’s legislators with known ties to ALEC can be found here.

“If ALEC is too toxic for Coca-Cola, our elected officials shouldn’t go near the group,” said Bryan Long, executive director of Better Georgia. “There are very few no-brainers in politics but quitting ALEC is one of them. I can’t think of a single reason a politician would want to stand on the side of a shadowy corporate legislative club instead of standing with voters in their own districts.”Until last year, few people outside of conservative political circles knew anything about the mysterious group. What has been discovered is that ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that.Behind closed doors with ALEC, corporations like UPS and Coca-Cola give state legislators “model legislation” that directly benefits their bottom line. The legislators then advocate for these ghostwritten bills without the public ever knowing who wrote the bill. Unless they forget to edit properly, as happened recently in Florida.

ALEC’s legislation promotes the disenfranchisement of American voters through “Voter ID” laws, which discriminate against racial minorities and hurt poor people and those who live in rural areas. ALEC also promotes privatizing public education, privatizing prisons. The group creates tax giveaways to the corporations that write the laws and give tax breaks for the nation’s wealthiest families, which run the corporations. ALEC also works to limit workers rights, drain labor unions of resources for protecting employees and undermine consumer protections.”

td

April 10th, 2012
3:09 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico
April 10th, 2012
2:06 pm

I feel as if the only way to get my message out properly is by using repetition. Propaganda techniques made our society disgusting, yet it will also pull us out of this mess. I am proud to be a staunch ideologue!

horse

April 10th, 2012
3:15 pm

@Aaron Burr “collection of incompetent morons that call themselves ‘democrats’ in this state?”

Opening yourself up for a grand defamation claim.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
3:19 pm

@Horse – Oh please…please sue me. Seriously. I would make you regret it so much if you actually worked for the party. For every dollar you spent suing me, I will cost the democrats of this state twenty.

I stand by Every. Single. Word. Please. Go ahead. I dare you.

@TD2 – Yup, repetition is helpful but rote repetition is dumb. That’s why I cite Straw Man/Not Centrist’s name over and over and over again but don’t copy and paste stuff.

SweetPea

April 10th, 2012
3:35 pm

At some point, Georgia Republicans will tire of their elected reps feathering their own nests and pandering to the base. I just don’t know how long that will take.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
3:36 pm

@Horse – A horse is a horse of course of course, unless of course the horse of course is the famous Mr. Ed.

Does Mr. Ed work for Mr. Reed?

Is he of the ‘We own this city and can send the cops to do our bidding whenever and however we please’ philosophy?

Well guess what? As long as this country has this idiotic concept of unlimited free speech, I can call you incompetent as much as I like, especially when its true. Exhibit A? Virtually every post on this blog. The democrats come across as morons and the Republicans as clowns.

The Only. Single. Thing. that democrats have done in this legislative session that showed any guys was when the female members walked out of the Dead Baby To Term Act of 2012. That’s it.

Incompotent.

A lawsuit would only expose it more. Ever hear of the Streisand effect?

PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAASE sue me.

Seriously. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than sit in a court of law and explain point by point how almost criminally negligent and corrupt the party is in this state.

I’d glory in it.

Independent voter

April 10th, 2012
3:50 pm

The republican party of Ga is destroying this state. The people of Ga need to take this state back from the republican. Nathan Deal will not win in 2013 we will vote him out.

Centrist

April 10th, 2012
4:04 pm

The Democrats in Georgia went left with the national Democrats. Georgia (outside of Atlanta) has long been a moderate state, so Democrats simply committed political suicide. However, the Republicans passed a tax increase this year during a poor economy (title fees and added cap on income tax exclusion for Social Security, IRA withdrawals, and pensions). They have morphed into the former Democrats – RINO’s.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
4:04 pm

@IV – That’s not where Myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy money’s bettin on Intrade.

Never bet against America.
Always bet against Georgia.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
4:06 pm

@Strawman – Yes. You are right.

OTP is moderate on gay marriage.
On immigration.
On civil rights in the 60’s.
On the Buffet rule you claim to support.
On segregation.
On slavery.
On the income tax.
On isolation during WWII.
On Single Payer during the health care debate.
On corporate liability.
On Property rights.
On corporate personhood.

Yes, this state suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure is moderate. Just a regular middle of the road mainstream of America. That’s Georgia. Yes sir it suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure is.

Maybe to the Sun King…but not to the rest of the country and certainly not the rest of the world.

candide

April 10th, 2012
4:07 pm

Sop long as whites are over 50% of residents there is no point in having a Democrat Party in Georgia.

candide

April 10th, 2012
4:09 pm

No matter how bad the Georgia GOP could get we whites will not vote for the Negro Party, aka the Dems.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
4:11 pm

@Candide – Maaaaaaaaaaaybe.

Maaaybe not.

The demographic minority change everyone is talking about?

There has always been a party of the selfish. Sometimes its both parties but at least one.

When ‘the whites’ are no longer 50% of the residents, do you think that the same stuff you see won’t keep happening?

Cause that’s not what I see in Dekalb and Fulton county. What I see is the shoe on the other foot, doing EXACTLY the same thing with a different color.

In 40 years, unless we change things a whole awful lot, you’ll see a republican party…still anti everything, still very much the party of hate, but it will look different.

ole gal

April 10th, 2012
4:13 pm

Obama will not have to write a check — OFA has siphoned off nearly every Democratic dime in Ga for a state where it is unlikely that Obama will prevail given the Repugnican Tea Party Mentality of folks who vote against their own interest. I hear OFA’s folk lying comments that they are not fund raisers — well go look at individual web sites of OFA leaders and there is that Great Big Old DONATE BUTTON. Oh, Yeah. No, Obamas has gotten a lot of money out of Georgia and the said part is that he has left the State Party up a creek and he took the paddle back to DC. Betty Boop says, Shame on OFA and shame on the DC Machine.

honested

April 10th, 2012
4:17 pm

Many might be missing the point.
The years since 2003 might have suppressed voter turnout simply because of the choices:
GA republican extremist wrong winger or GA talks conserrrrrvative Democrat.
Temporary weakness in the Democratic Party structure might provide an opening for a REAL PROGRESSIVE set of alternative candidate interested in LEGISLATING for the People rather than catering to the lobbyist trough.
One need look no further than the just concluded, pro-business (and forget everything else) General Assembly Session.
These clowns don’t even pretend they are not ‘bought and paid for’ any more and they clot around every terrible republican(ALEC) idea as if it were ephemeral wisdom.

Georgians, July and November are YOUR chance.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
4:17 pm

@Ole Gal – The state party navigated itself down that creek a long time ago and now refuses to acknowledge that it is their own fault for sailing down it.

Their own fault for buying and not putting a monitoring system in place for the election machine with the governship that transitioned.

Their own fault for not making a geographical alliance besides Atlanta that was sustainable.

Their own fault for not assaulting Republicans again and again and treating them as reasoning thinking beings, especially after what they did to Cleland.

Their own fault for recruiting men of such character that they would leap ship as soon as the first convienent raft came along.

Their own fault for finding state wide candidates that exist the people of this state as much as dried mud.

Don’t blame OFA. Blame the State Party of Georgia.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
4:46 pm

@GM – Sorry, missed your attempt to defend the indefensible in there.

Holder is a non monster who let war criminals get away.

Seriously.

Bush Era republicans are just a step away from Godwin territory, I mean COME ON. Not prosecuting one of them is like passing up a pile of free lottery tickets.

Holder has done almost everything Bush’s worst people did PLUS more.

He and the DHS were instrumental in crushing Occupy.

Eric Holder is, by fiat of failing to do anything about Bush, the WORST attorney general in the history of the nation. Period.

td

April 10th, 2012
4:46 pm

Obama is not going to spend any money in Georgia after he has already told the Congressional campaign committees that he will not be giving them any money. His only goal is to get re elected and and he does not care if he has a majority in Congress or one single blue state.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
4:50 pm

@Table Diningroom1 – Obama? Be selfish? Self Centered?

NEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever!

He has a legacy to live up to. History will redeem him.

You know, just like Bush thought history will redeem him.

He *IS* the first black president.

He’s also the first president that ignored war crimes. Even Reagan and Nixon prosecuted War Crimes.

Which will history remember more? First Black President…or the Man Who Let Bush Get Away With It?

I dunno….

td

April 10th, 2012
4:52 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
4:46 pm

I see a theme developing. Occupy, occupy, occupy.!!!!! The movement was nothing more then a bunch of rich snot nosed children having a temper tantrum because they realized they would actually have to go to work.

You are correct that it was Obama and the Dems that shut the movement now because they knew it would cause them to loose 40 states in Obama’s re election. We conservative want you all to get back at it and this time act more like the movement in Oakland.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
4:56 pm

@Table, Diningroom – Yes. I respect Occupy. They were not, despite what your masters told you, ‘rich snot nosed children having a temper tentrum’ but the first group to seriously ask real questions about what is going on in this country in a LONG time.

I respect Ron Paul because he has conviction.

I respect Occupy because they also have conviction.

They are also not hypocrites.

Like the tea party. Look, Ron Paul might have many ideas that are functionally brain dead, but he BELIEVES in them and FIGHTS for them.

If the Tea Party was real, they could do the same thing. In fact the Tea Partiers that were actually out WITH Occupy WERE the real deal (ie not Straw Man).

And, be assured Table, you do NOT want them to get back at it, but they will.

You think Obama is ‘radical’….wait till you see what you’ve created…and what Obama has created in the rising generation.

I wouldn’t feel too secure in my safety or retirement if I were you.

Especially in the next Democratic wave.

Last time the democrats won, they had vestigial corporate dems.

That won’t happen next time.

No one side can hold a long term domination in this country because of moderate cows. The fact that you think that Occupy will give you 40 states shows how truly delusional and uneducated you really ware.

Bernie

April 10th, 2012
5:12 pm

As a long time demcratic voter I have always been leary of the entire Gerogia Democratic Leadership.
They are a suspect group of Republican light wannabes, they are even more stranger than Mitt Romney.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
5:15 pm

They are also INCOMPOTENT.

Here that Horse?

Here that Bad Horse?

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey, sueeeeeeeeeeeeeey sueeyyyyyyyy, that’s my Democrat State Party pig call.

Subpoena me.

honested

April 10th, 2012
5:32 pm

Bernie,

The dixiecrat past coupled with the republican light aspect is the problem.

Of course, one would be a fool to think acquiesence to the alternative is in any way acceptable.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 10th, 2012
5:35 pm

Drinking a bottle of the product of an outhouse is generally superior to sticking your hand in the garbage disposal and turning it on, but I for one really don’t like either alternative.

ld

April 10th, 2012
6:19 pm

Why should even the “devout” Dems give during the “primary” season when they all know the nominee?

Not that it is going to be much easier after the convention. The GOP members in the statehouse are not the only polititions that refused to enact acceptable ethical standards.

A pox on polititions of both parties in Georgia.

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clifford sanders

April 10th, 2012
10:37 pm

Wow! Noone wants to donate money to the Democratic Party but will give it to the Party who through their decisions has made Georgia the top 10 in the nation in unemployment. Who want to drug test people who are trying to feed their families due to employment not being available. Who is top state in corruption according to national standards. Who executed an innocent man. Who has yet to pass legislation that would allow the middle class or the poor an opportunity at upward mobility. Who has decimated the educational system. Oh yeah keep giving money to the Republican Party and let them continue to spend it on themselves. Way to go morons!!! Over 12 years and still at the bottom. What progress….