Smith, Marchman top list among candidate fund-raisers

When it comes to politics, money talks. Political campaign signs aren’t cheap, and some candidates spent a small portion of their contributions on candy to be thrown in the July 4 parade in Peachtree City.

But no matter how they spent it, they have to report it: both where it came from and where it went. All donations of more than $100 must be reported with the donor’s name whether an individual or a corporation.

The Citizen culled the following data from the various candidates’ disclosure reports for the most recent reporting period which ended last week. Several candidates’ most recent disclosures were not available online including those from Post 1 school board candidate Mary Kay Bacallao, Post 1 county commission candidate Robert Horgan, commission Post 2 county commission candidate Sheila Huddleston and commission Post 3 candidate Randy Ognio.

The filing deadline for those documents was July 9, but there have been reports in recent days of candidates having difficulty filing their disclosure forms online.

Board of Education Post 1 candidate Barry Marchman reported raising $2,845, including $500 from Maurice Harbin of Tyrone and $200 from Michael Harbin of Tyrone, both with the Harbin Insurance Agency. Other itemized donations included $250 from Peachtree City pediatrician John Potts, $200 from Fayetteville resident Pat Hinchey, $180 from Fayetteville resident William Bryan, $100 from Peachtree City resident Bob Ross and $100 from Fayetteville resident Pat Earnest.

Marchman also reported a campaign loan of $1,200 along with another $115 of non-itemized donations that came in amounts of less than $100.

Scott Hollowell, who is Marchman’s challenger for the Post 1 seat, reported raising $1,730 including a $600 loan, $150 from Aberdeen Holdings LLC of Peachtree City and $156.81 in-kind donation from Richard Overholt of Tyrone.

Hollowell reported that he received $980 in contributions of less than $100 each, which is the threshold for which the donors have to be identified.

In the Post 2 school board race, Mary Kay Bacallao had not filed a campaign disclosure report as of late Monday afternoon, according to the website for the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

Gary Griffin, who is Bacallao’s challenger, reported getting $355.43 in contributions, all of which were from Griffin himself.

Robert Horgan, who is running for reelection to the Post 1 seat on the Fayette County Commission had not filed a campaign disclosure report as of late Monday afternoon, according to the website for the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

Horgan’s challenger, Charles Oddo, reported no contributions except for a $3,627.83 loan from his business, Oddo Brothers CPAs and also a personal loan of $138.52.

In the three-way race for Post 2 on the county commission, candidate Sheila Huddleston had not filed a campaign disclosure report as of late Monday afternoon, according to the website for the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

One of Huddleston’s challengers, David Barlow, reported he had raised $4,309 so far this year including $2,949 in loans from himself and $960 of non-itemized donations that came in amounts of less than $100.

Barlow’s itemized contributions came from Peachtree City resident Bob Ross ($250), Fayetteville resident Carol Springsteen ($250) and Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown ($150).

The other Post 2 candidate, Jack Smith, reported raising $4,926 including $792.50 in loans from himself. Among Smith’s contributions of greater than $100 were Loyd Black of Brooks at $1,000, James Istwan of Fayetteville at $500, Christy Jindra of Peachtree City at $500 and Robert Reeves of Fayetteville at $250.

In the Post 3 race for county commission, incumbent candidate Lee Hearn reported receiving $3,181 for the latest reporting period for a grand total of $5,355.84 to date. Hearn’s itemized contributions are as follows:

Huie Bray of Brooks, $200;

Joe Brown of Brooks, $300;

Herb Frady, Fayette County Commissioner, of Fayetteville, $110;

Greg Harrell of Fayetteville, president of Fairburn Ready Mix, $150;

Kathleen Maddox of Fayetteville, $100;

Emory McHugh III of Fayetteville, $200;

Steve Meissen of Fayetteville, $500;

William Walker of Fayetteville, $250; and

Blake Yates of Hampton, $100.

Randy Ognio, who is one of Hearn’s challengers for the Post 3 seat, had not filed a campaign disclosure report as of late Monday afternoon, according to the website for the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. Ognio did file a report March 31 declaring a $200 contribution from himself as his only receipt during the period.

Susan Stopford, who is also running for the Post 3 seat, reported $1,446.56 in contributions all of which were from herself and her husband, Michael Stopford.

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Huddleston Disclosure?

Has Sheila Huddleston filed her Disclure yet? Would be interesting to see what other attorneys are backing her.....if they are....or aren't.....

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Voters taking back Fayette County

Who wants "more" attorneys, with all the connections/favors involved in our local/county govt? I don't.

Who wants "polished and career" politicians with connections to Atlanta and DC? I don't.

Please consider voting Tues, Aug 21, run-off for non-lawyer/non-political servants who will have no ties to the bunch who wish to continue to exert their connections of influence and self serving ideas. Public servants with passion who are aware of the current issues facing Fayette County; the ones who take the time and energy to research and expose issues, are the ones who will make a difference in the way business is conducted - providing total transparency with honest and fair solutions for all.

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Mary Kay's Timely Filing Documentation

My husband and I went out to dinner with some old friends tonight. At dinner, my friend asked me about my campaign contribution disclosure report. So I told her that I submitted it by certified mail on June 29th, 2012. The postcard was stamped "RECEIVED" on July 6th, before the last day, July 9th. I have uploaded all this documentation to my website for the public to review and know that I did in fact submit it in a timely fashion. It can be viewed and downloaded from my home page at: www.marykaybacallao.jimdo.com. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have. Thank you. Mary Kay Bacallao

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Mary Kay's Timely Filing Documentation

My husband and I went out to dinner with some old friends tonight. At dinner, my friend asked me about my campaign contribution disclosure report. So I told her that I submitted it by certified mail on June 29th, 2012. The postcard was stamped "RECEIVED" on July 6th, before the last day, July 9th. I have uploaded all this documentation to my website for the public to review and know that I did in fact submit it in a timely fashion. It can be viewed and downloaded from my home page at: www.marykaybacallao.jimdo.com. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have. Thank you. Mary Kay Bacallao

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Mary Kay's Timely Filing Documentation

My husband and I went out to dinner with some old friends tonight. At dinner, my friend asked me about my campaign contribution disclosure report. So I told her that I submitted it by certified mail on June 29th, 2012. The postcard was stamped "RECEIVED" on July 6th, before the last day, July 9th. I have uploaded all this documentation to my website for the public to review and know that I did in fact submit it in a timely fashion. It can be viewed and downloaded from my home page at: www.marykaybacallao.jimdo.com. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have. Thank you. Mary Kay Bacallao

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Munford wrong on top fund raisers

The Citizens news reporter John Munford reported that Barry Marchman BOE Post 1 and Jack Smith Commission Post 2 were the top Fayette Funds raisers with $2845 & $4926 respectively.

No, Carla Wong McMillian, candidate for Fayette State Judge is tops by far with $64,174. Of course Marchman, Smith and all the other candidates were concentrating on donations from Fayette Voters as they appropriately should.

But Carla Wong Mc Millian was concentrating on out of County and out of State funding from her National Organization of Lawyers, The Federalist Society to buy her the election, because she is not interested in serving Fayette citizens. Carla’s Fayette donations represent only 4% from the voters and 96% from outsiders. So why would any voter want to be represented by a judge who is beholden to a National Lawyers Organization bent on controlling who your judge is?

The Federalist Society is headquartered in Washington DC and refers to themselves as being conservative, but their real purpose is to control the election of judges nationwide. The Society says it doesn’t sponsor or endorse nominees or candidates for public service. That is clearly not true since they have contributed the majority of money to elect their member Carla Wong McMillian.

With 60 local chapters in major US cities including Atlanta they are heavily involved in promoting their members with money and influence in appointing their members to vacate judgeships. Carla Wong was appointed by a committee of the governor’s office to fill the vacancy in Fayette State Court. Once appointed that judge then becomes the incumbent for re-election. Unknowledgeable citizens then vote heavily for the incumbent because they assume the judge was previously elected by the people.

Recently Judge Keith Blackwell was appointed to fill the vacancy on the GA Supreme Court on recommendation by the Governor’s lawyers committee. Blackwell is a former Chairman of the Atlanta chapter of the Federalist Society. Only 37, he’ll be there for life.

Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was thought to be a conservative until he made the deciding vote on Obamacare. Now we know he is a liberal democrat. Roberts was the keynote speaker for the 25th anniversary of the Federalist Society recently.

Reporter John Munford was wrong about Smith & Marchman being the top raisers. But he was right when he said “When it comes to politics, money talks”.

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Mr. Shelley--- everyone knows

Mr. Shelley--- everyone knows that you had a case that you lost; you lost it again in front of a jury in Judge McMillian's court. Now that you have exhausted all legal avenues you persist in silly attacks.

I think you need a hobby !

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Top fundraiser is McMillian. Good for her

Why do you keep calling her Carla Wong? Is that a racist thing?
Seems to me if you can raise that kind of money and your opponent can't, you are good to go.

Obama is raising money in Europe and China for an election in the US. Should we start calling him by his middle name or just let it slide?

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Robert W. Morgan

Because that’s how she lists her name at the election website, the GA Bar and all other places, except on her Fayette advertising.

I hardly can be accused of racism, since I’ve been married to an Asian woman for 22 years, have Asian and Chinese in-laws and many many Asian friends, none of whom intend to vote for Carla Wong McMillian and have Stephen Ott signs in their yards.

I just think that outsiders buying Fayette’s judge’s office is totally wrong. I and many others believe that money in politics is destroying democracy and freedom in America. Sorry you don’t see it that way but how can you get the best representatives by simply purchasing them? The greed of money spending has destroyed the dollar’s value. Ask yourself the question why some many governments are going bankrupt?

There’s another reason why I don’t support Carla Wong McMillian. Its because she’s been the most bias, unfair judge I’ve ever come into contact with and I know many people who do not like her unfairness.

I’ve seen your choice of candidates to vote for and I agree with you on all of them except McMillian.

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Mary Kay Bacallao's Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report

I filed my campaign contribution disclosure report by mail on June 29, 2012 so that it would not be late, with tracking number 7011 3500 0003 6761 4163. I sent it certified mail and the postcard came back to my home address stamped "RECEIVED" as of July 6, 2012 by the Campaign Finance Commission. Local candidates are permitted to file by mail.
Thank you for the opportunity to respond.
Mary Kay Bacallao

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No surprise

No surprise that Horgan is non-compliant. Must have slipped his mind dude...

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Oops.

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