Posted: 6:03 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014

Harsh words from Nathan Deal’s campaign at fundraising deadline 

By Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal’s camp reported Monday raising $84,000 for a total of roughly $3.9 million in campaign cash in the 11 days after the session ended. But what came next was more interesting.

Deal’s campaign figures comes a day after Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter released his totals for the same time period: A $416,000 haul. That gave Carter’s camp a roughly 5-to-1 fundraising edge in the short period after the session’s end. Both Deal and Carter are prohibited by state law from raising campaign cash during the legislative session, which stretched from January to March 20.

Deal campaign spokeswoman Jen Talaber sent us these remarks:

“We followed the rules about not lining up fundraisers during session. Carter for Governor had no such concerns. Our cash on hand advantage allows the governor to dedicate this month to reviewing and signing bills that will benefit the people of Georgia and keep us the No. 1 place to do business.”

She was referring to the campaign tiff that erupted on the last day of the session over a campaign fundraiser that Carter’s campaign arranged featuring his famous grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter. Republicans called foul over the fundraiser, which benefited the Democratic Party of Georgia, claiming that he violated campaign finance rules by promoting the fundraiser before the session gaveled to a close.

Carter’s camp the numbers show that the Atlanta Democrat has “all the momentum in this race.”

“Our campaign has seen an outpouring of grassroots support from people who are tired of the governor’s scandals and are looking for real leadership,” said Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas.

Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington, who was not banned from raising funds during the session, raised about $70,000 through February and March and has about $210,000 on hand for his GOP challenge to Deal.

Superintendent John Barge, another GOP contender who was restricted from raising money during the session, tallied about $12,000 in contributions during the 11-day period and loaned himself about $6,000. He has just under $16,000 in cash on hand.

 

23 comments
JdJackson
JdJackson

CLOSE THE DEAL ! Send "PIG SQUEEL DEAL " BACK TO THE Hog Pen he crawled out of. He is the most corrupt and lying SOB to sit in the governor's chair in decades. The only jobs he is interested in are his own , and the cronies he splits up the bribes and corruption money with. We need a NEW DEAL, THROW OUT PIG SQUEEL AND HIS GANG.

TomGaff
TomGaff

honested - I do not care whether govt is ethical or not, if they bring businesses and JOBS to this State. All the Dems will want to do is raise taxes for more of their welfare social programs. We are taxed enough by all levels of govt's! This should be about JOBS, JOBS, and more JOBS, instead of silly ethics violations!

DS
DS

"We followed the rules about not lining up fundraisers during session." --- Deal campaign spokeswoman Jen Talaber.

ATLANTA (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in Georgia to raise money for Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election. --- Associated Press, March 7, 2014.

And in related news, a recent Public Policy Polling survey of Georgians showed that 43% favored Jason Carter versus 42% for Nathan Deal. The poll was conducted April 1-3, 2014, before the jury decision on April 4, which ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Stacey Kalberman, who had been sacked for pursuing an ethics investigation against Deal.

BigHat
BigHat

All lies straight from the pit of H*ll....

TomGaff
TomGaff

Wow Lynn 43- Call the Feds right away!! Atty General Holder would be most happy to speak with you!!!

Lynn43
Lynn43

I am a Democrat, therefore, I hate Deal, but I keep getting e-mails asking for donations to his campaign on my TAX PAID e-mail site.  I'm told this is not illegal (only illegal if they COME from a tax paid site), but if he is sending them to me on my site, is he sending the request for donations from his TAX PAID site?  If so, that is another ethics violation.

td1234
td1234

Barnes outspent Deal and was beaten by 10 points. Barnes raised more money than Carter will raise. Deal will beat Carter by at least 5 and probably closer to 10 points. The only way Deal can be beat is in the primary by a sneak attack from Teacher, state employees, retirees and any Democrat that wants to affect the election. 


Make book on it now. 

SouthGeorgiareader
SouthGeorgiareader

It'll be interesting to see if Carter and Deal can keep the fundraising going at this pace.  No doubt the Guv has plenty of full pockets out there, just waiting to chip in.  Of course, strange things happen in politics---with one lawsuit already decided not in Deal's favor and two more decisions on the way, who can tell where the primary and general election are headed?

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

I'm willing to bet Nathan Deal doesn't file a tax return for 2013 until AFTER the election.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Nathan Deal - bankrupt before elected.. A wealthy man now. Need more be said?

TomGaff
TomGaff

Ralph 43 - I agree, go Jason and take Bernie 31 and Ralphie 43 also!! California or Kenya are good options!

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Go Jason - I like your style.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Pretend momentum.  Deal will have more campaign money than Carter.  Especially from inside GA.  


CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

No harsh words from Deal when his campaign returned more than $13,000 received” during this session?  What about him "attending" all those numerous events during the session that highlighted that he would be in attendance.  No lining up donors, right?

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

So what is the penalty for "lining up donors" and how did Carter promote a fundraiser on the last day of the session?  When will Deal make an official compliant to his non-partisan ethics committee?

DS
DS

@TomGaff  I agree. Promoting job growth is my top priority too.

You do know that House Republicans have voted 10 times against jobs bills since they took control of the House. That's why we haven't had much help from Congress in boosting the economy. It's the Democrats who keep proposing jobs bills, not the Republicans. Republicans have been blocking jobs bills.

House Republicans have proposed several laws that they claim are jobs bills, but are really just legislation to repeal things like ACA, Dodd-Frank, and others. They say that by repealing these things, more jobs will be created. But when independent fact-checkers study the laws, they find that Republican claims are not true.

House Republican budget proposals have been job killers too.

So if you want government that is all about jobs, jobs, jobs, you need to vote Democratic.

honested
honested

@TomGaff  

So you don't want ethical government, just not effective government.

Did I get that right?

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

You keep flogging that pony, td, you're good at that :)

Shar1
Shar1

@NWGAL Yeah, a little bit more.  Nathan Deal - gave $10 million piece of state-improved land near Dahlonega to a big campaign donor while putting his daddy on the Board of Regents.  Nathan Deal - who slithered out of Congress literally minutes before midnight the day before a crushing ethics report would be released.  Nathan Deal - who wasted hundreds of thousands of tax dollars on patronage jobs for useless vermin like Chip Rogers and Charley English (putting Georgian lives at risk as director of GEMA) while tossing out Stacey Kalberman and her deputy for actually doing their tax-funded jobs - who has now racked up a $700,000 bill for taxpayers to pay for his malfeasance with more to come.  Nathan Deal - who handpicked the corrupt replacement for Kalberman in order to destroy evidence and end the state ethics investigation.  Nathan Deal - who spent the day of the court judgement on his corruption signing bills to give away more millions in tax breaks to his corporate handlers.  Nathan Deal - who will be signing legislation that was never even distributed before the legislative vote spreading more guns in more resisting corners of Georgia, legislation that most Georgia voters didn't want, while safely ensconced in his taxpayer-funded guarded office.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Jason hauled in five times as much, but it's just pretend in conservative land.

Of course I'm sure that shortly after Jason and Michelle win in November, you'll start predicting a glorious victory for Ted Cruz in 2016.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Td is probably right about the general election, but Democrats would rather have Deal than losers like Mr. Barge or that other guy.