Posted: 4:50 pm Thursday, January 9th, 2014
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.”
About the Author
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press. He also contributes to the AJC's Political Insider blog. Bluestein has traveled to Haiti with President Jimmy Carter, journeyed to Panama with Gov. Nathan Deal and tracked down a suspected Ponzi schemer in suburban Kansas. He spent weeks in Louisiana covering the Gulf Oil Spill, became an unwitting expert on capital punishment after witnessing almost a dozen executions in Georgia's death chamber and was part of award-winning teams that descended upon the biggest breaking news events in the Southeast. Bluestein has covered a range of beats, including environment, legal affairs and economic development. He's now the AJC's political writer, charged with covering the intricacies of Georgia's lively government on the newspaper's front pages and in the Political Insider blog. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two daughters.