It's time to take a look-see at the State Ethics Commission website to see which of the current gaggle of Statewide Candidates in Georgia have seen fit to post their new and improved fund raising numbers for the last quarter. Short answer, not many.
Here at Bludgeon & Skewer we like looking wistfully at the enormous campaign coffers of some of our republican and democrat opponents and spend a little time speculating about what we could get done with that kind of money. We might even win some freakin' elections! Like the old saying goes, wish in one hand.....
So here's the latest info from the State Ethics Commission website on the latest campaign reports. We only looked at races that have an announced Libertarian Candidate so no info on Lt Gov, AG, PSC etc. Also no info on the US Senate race as the Ethics Commission does not have purview in that contest.
Governor of Georgia
John Monds (L) No update $1,423.13 as of 31 DEC 09
John Oxendine (R) No update 2.2 Million as of 31 DEC 09
Nathan Deal (R) No update 940K as of 31 DEC 09
Karen Handel (R) No update 439K as of 31 DEC 09
Eric Johnson (R) No update 1.3 Million as of 31 DEC 09
James Austin Scott (R) No update 159K as of 31 DEC 09
Ray McBerry (R) UPDATED! 17K on 31 DEC 09 to 27K as of 31 MAR 10 +10K
Jeff Chapman (R) No update 17K as of 31 DEC 09
Roy Barnes (D) No Update 2.2 million as of 31 DEC 09
Thurbert Barker (D) No update 874K as of 31 DEC 09
Dubose Porter (D) No update 303K as of 31 DEC 09
David Poythress (D) No update 264K as of 31 DEC 09
The amount of Money sloshing around in this race 6.8 Million dollars.
Secretary of State
David Chastain (L) No report filed
Gary Horlacher (D) No update 266K as of 31 DEC 09
Gail Bruckner (D) No update 219K as of 31 DEC 09
Angela Moore (D) No update 11K as of 31 DEC 09
Michael Mills (D) No update $304.99 as of 31 DEC 09
Darryl Hicks (D) No reports filed
Doug McGinnitie (R) No update 704K as of 31 DEC 09
Brian Kemp (R) No update 243K as of 31 DEC 09
The amount of money attempting to slosh in this race 1.4 Million dollars.
Commissioner of Labor
Will Costa (L) No report filed
Melvin Everson (R) UPDATED 21K as of 31 DEC 09 down to 10K as of 31 MAR 10 -11K
Micheal Thurmond (D) No update 45K as of 31 DEC 09
The amount of money rattling in the change drawer 55K!
Superintendent of Schools
Kira Willis (L) UPDATED $486.00 as of 31 MAR 10
Beth Farokhi (D) UPDATED 31K as of 31 DEC 09 to 50K as of 31 MAR 10 +19K
Brian Westlake (D) No update 5K as of 31 DEC 09
Sandra Scott (D) No report filed
Kathy Cox (R) No update 38K as of 31 DEC 09
John Barge (R) No update 21K as of 31 DEC 09
Richard Woods (R) UPDATED 2.9K as of 31 DEC 09 to 3.9K as of 31 MAR 10 +1K
Rodger Hines (R) No update 3.5K as of 31 DEC 09
And there's 121K in this race.
There's always a lot of speculation about fund raising numbers as the punditry class has to have something to write about. Most of the time it's focused on divining the future based on a candidates ability to out raise opponents but this time around to only lesson to be learned is that the news ain't so good for any of them. If it was, there would have been strategic leaks, rumors and much innuendo about the success of this candidate or that candidate and lots and lots of "I told you so".
Bottom Line. Ain't none of them made any money.
That's good news for Liberty as their conventional campaigns struggle to feed the media monsters that conventional campaigns depend on to move and shape "public" opinion and win elections for machine democrats and machine republicans. And the pickings are only gonna get leaner as the cycle progresses and our republican and democrat brothers and sisters spend themselves into oblivion to find out who's going to win their primaries.
Great news for Liberty!