Posted: 4:50 pm Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Georgia Democrats restock bank account 

By Greg Bluestein

Let’s just say Georgia Democrats have enough in their bank account to buy more than a few Hyundais.

After months of hovering near insolvency – including a stretch where the party could hardly buy a new Elantra – the Dems reported Thursday in a state filing that the party raised more than $275,000 during the last half of 2013 and now has roughly $190,000 cash on hand. The federal reports due later this month will show the party has more than $200,000 in its coffers.

Party chair DuBose Porter was eager to pitch it as a sign Democrats were back on solid ground after a tumultuous year that saw his predecessor, Mike Berlon, resign amid a growing internal pushback.

The Dems just hired a new executive director and are trying to corral support behind Senate candidate Michelle Nunn and gov contender Jason Carter. Republicans still hold an impressive fundraising advantage – the GOP reported $508,000 on hand in their latest federal filing – but Porter said “unprecedented enthusiasm” will help narrow the gap.

“I set an ambitious goal for the Party. Now, voters are excited about our candidates, we’re growing our staff, we’re expanding our sustaining small donor program every day, and this is just the beginning of greater things to come.”

30 comments
rphillips111
rphillips111

In 2010, Georgia Democrats had a chance to forge a different state Democratic Party beholden to political retreads sponsored by the Black Caucus and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.  They chose to stick with the past instead of picking either David Poythress or Dubose Porter to be the party's Gubernatorial choice, and lost again.


Dubose Porter continues to prove that he is an outstanding political leader and a threat to Republican dominance--if  democrats in Georgia are smart enough to follow Dubose's as a role model.


Money is important in politics, but the candidate, the campaigns, and issues they generate is what wins and loses elections.  As a former legislator with a lot of campaign experience, I have often observed that the monied candidate is the one who loses.  Money is no substitute for a good candidate with an issue based campaign. MItt Romney's money went a long way to losing him Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and maybe a few other states last year.  As for his campaign: What campaign?


The GOP will have to do better than Karl Rove/Bush family approved candidates who will say little more than we need lower taxes, a strong defence, opposition to abortion, and make appeals to minorities which will lose more votes than they will gain.  No matter how much money Rove's "Crossroads Pac" spends.  The potentially potent  "dynasty" issue won't work against Jason Carter and Michelle Bush when voters look at the GOP with the biggest family political dynasty in history now working to make the third Bush President in 2016.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Unfortunately, the views of the Democrat Party remain as far out of the Georgia mainstream as those of the AJC editors ...

Derwin0
Derwin0

Yeah, because spending more money has worked in the last decade or so.  Sorry, but the Democrats have no chance Statewide.  Cleland outspent Chambliss, Barnes outspent Purdue, and both of them lost.


Not that it won't happen, but it will be a long time before Democrats are competitive in Georgia.  Money won't be what brings them wins.  Republicans didn't break the Democrat stronghold in Georgia by spending more.  They did it over time.  Same thing will eventually happen for the Democrats, but spending their way to a win won't be the way.

Bernie31
Bernie31

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/jack-kingston-free-lunch_n_4572915.html

Jack Kingston Says There's 'No Such Thing As Free Lunch,' But Gets Free Lunch All The Time 

There's no precise way to count the number of lunches Kingston has enjoyed on taxpayer dollars, but the station took a look at expense reports and disclosures to uncover staggering figures from the congressman's three years in office.

According to the station's investigation, Kingston and his staff have expensed $4,182 worth of "meals for business purposes," and recorded $4,289.33 in free meals from third-party interest groups, including the Congressional Institute and the Georgia Bankers Association. - Huffpo



Typical Republican CLOWN.....DO AS I SAY...NOT AS I DO.


uh..huh

honested
honested

Poor repubs,.....they thought Georgians would never stop and ask themselves WHAT HAS GOTTEN ANY BETTER since the repubs grabbed the state by the short hairs.

I guess they never stopped to think  'Governing' was not equated to 'bullying' and 'grifting'.


Just stick with 'I'm more conserrrrrrvative' and see how far that gets you in the polls this time.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

And as for Gates' book?  I wish I had a dollar for every 'bombshell' that you guys trot out that was finally going to bring down the Prez.  If you could just get the rest of us to buy into your fever swamp ideas, huh....

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

RS I would refer you to Jay's blog from earlier today.  He gets paid to do this so he does it better than me.

Failed Republican economic policies? Cut taxes on the rich, and hope that a few coins fall from their pockets for the rest of us.  End the 'safety net' so that the slackers starve and leave the rest of us the heck alone.  Give massive tax breaks to big corporations, like Liberty Media, so that they might deign to grace us with their presence, and give us minimum wage jobs.  End regulations... so what if a few people die from spoiled food - maybe they'll be more careful next time.

Those failed Republican economic policies - the ones that GA has tried, and have left us so far behind.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

Ah, yes, I must keep reminding you Democrats... the very first of the Mantras of Liberalism and, by close association, Democrats is and will always be:

#1: Liberals are the only ones who are right 100% of the time; everyone else is wrong (especially Republicans) -

Bernie31
Bernie31

Yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke at KAREN HANDELS High School Alma Mater - Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore Maryland. 

 The Topic " The Announcement of National Guidelines on School Discipline."

LOL!  I know ...I know... Imagine that one, ROFL!

I wonder what Karen has to say about that speech?  LOL!

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

Please educate me because I am slow and of limited intelligence. What republican economic policies have failed? What economic policies would Carter bring forward that would be different? I need details so I can hopefully understand. My econ teacher told me expanded Medicaid is not an economic policy.


On a lighter note, still nothing from this blog about the bombshell book by Gates. I wonder why.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Dont know any details td, but I can't imagine Mary being run off from Jay's blog....

Obviiously you would disagree with most of what she says, but unlike your fellow travelers like Barry, and Box, and other assorted anti Christian miscreants, she's always polite... as are you most all the time too.  Even when you're wrong :)

td1234
td1234

I see Mary has come to Jim's after being run off on Bookman's blog.


Bernie31
Bernie31

My concern is How does Kasim Reed, fit into this MIX?  I am not so sure Kasim is one The People of Georgia who consider themselves as Democrats, can have complete trust That Kasim Reed will do the do the right thing by the Democrat Party. 

Especially being his STATED interest in a Georgia Gubernatorial Run in 2018. 


Kasim's coolness to Jason Carter is a concern to ALL who support Jason.


We are aware Of Kasim's ability to draw from Big  Money Donors but such Donors come with a Price too!  A Price where many differ with Kasim on its Value and Worth.


The Georgia Democratic Party is in Need of a Serious Make Over from TOP to Bottom as well as inside OUT, if Future Wins are to be expected.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Thanks for adding that adjective, too, Cherokee County. You are right on the money!  (Pun intended. ;-) )


I agree with your thoughts about the "failed Republican economic policies" in Georgia.  For a more prosperous Georgia, vote Democratic!

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

...and for a more prosperous Georgia, also, Mary Elizabeth - I'm tired of this state I love so much always coming in last because of failed Republican economic policies...

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

OOOOHHH, I can visualize it now:  Little pixie fairies flitting around with their magic wands, taping dust on the "progressives" (What a God-awful euphemism!); the young, beautiful people running and dancing thru the woods - holding hands, and grinning from ear to ear; Bright, sunny days with butterflies flying around, and , and, well it just don't get no better than than that!(a DuBose Porter sidetake).

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

DuBose Porter: ". . .and this is just the beginning of greater things to come.”


Vote Democratic for a more upbeat, progressive, humane Georgia.

Charles50
Charles50

@rphillips111 People in GA have short memories.  Guy Milner is certainly a blast from the past, but he had millions.  Ran twice.  Lost twice.  


I hope that the Dems are really getting their ducks in a row this time.  Seems like over the past 8 years they have simply sat on the sideline watching our State sink deeper and deeper into the abyss.  Two other races I would like to see them do something about are the Public Service Commission ones.  Two seats are up for grabs.  If we don't have candidates that can beat a couple of 75-year olds we are in trouble.

Derwin0
Derwin0

@rphillips111 National & Georgia State Politics are completely different animals.


Georgian's haven't voted dynasty since Talmadge's days.  Carter & Nunn (not Bush) will not be viewed as their grandfather/father, they'll be viewed as themselves.  For Carter that might be a plus, but not for Nunn.


As it is, neither plays well outside the Atanta area.  Sam Nunn's base was never in Atlanta, it was always middle & south Georgia.  Areas that are ill inclinded to go along with his daughter's policies.  Don't forget,  Sam wrote DADT, his daughter is 180 from that policy, and the voters know that.


Money does not tend to play a huge role in Georgia politics.  If it did, Sonny Purdue would never have been elected.  The dynamics of Federal elections does not translate to state politics.

rphillips111
rphillips111

@Derwin0 You may enjoy my post on the money subject and winning elections.


Randolph Phillips

DS
DS

@CherokeeCounty I read a few online news accounts of Gates' book. Sounds interesting, but I didn't see anything in these accounts that struck me as scandalous or even surprising. Seems to fit with what I know about this period of recent history that I've read in other books and news reports. If anything, I'd say it reflects well on Obama's judgment.


It wasn't until I read Jay Bookman's blog post that I realized there's a movement underfoot (by Rush Limbaugh, apparently) to use excerpts from Gates' book to discredit Obama. Oh brother.


Anyway, I look forward to reading Gates' book after it comes out next week.

Charles50
Charles50

@CherokeeCounty Funny how they don't mention how he takes a shot at Congress as well.  I guess Gates is just ticked off at everybody. 

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@CherokeeCounty One day you have to realize denial is just a river. My point is it is news, regardless if you believe it or not that isn't covered by this outstanding bastion of news reporting.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@CherokeeCounty When in the state of Georgia has taxes been cut only for the rich in the last 12 years? So you would rather a company like Liberty Media not come to Georgia w/ jobs? Then don't blame Georgia republicans for the unemployment rate (like I am sure you blame Obama for the national unemployment rate). No one in Georgia that I am aware of wants to end the safety net.


BTW, with the exception of tax policy for attracting business, those aren't economic policies.


You forgot to tell us how Carter is different.

Charles50
Charles50

@MichaelHannigan Funny I thought that was your PERSONAL mantra in the reverse.  At least based on your rantings that what it seems to be.  

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@Charles50@CherokeeCounty


In my opinion there should be 100 per cent replacement in Congress. That might mean 2 or 3 good ones go away, but it sure would improve Congress overall.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@Charles50@MichaelHannigan


Charles we are all biased, even you and me.

Charles50
Charles50

@Retired-Soldier We all are.  And we express our opinions.  But we don't normally treat people like they are idiots for for doing so.