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10 January 2010

Georgia GOP Amasses $1.7 Million War Chest For 2010 Ticket

Lost in the forest of campaign finance disclosures filed by candidates running for office this year were the fiscal reports of Georgia's Democratic and Republican parties.

The short story is that the Georgia GOP has money to burn while the state Democratic Party has to be a little more frugal in its activities.

Here are the campaign contribution reports for the Democratic and Republican parties filed with the State Ethics Commission:

Contributions
(as of December 31, 2009)
Contributions
(YTD)
Cash On Hand
Debt
Democratic Party
of Georgia
$72,770.19
$1,032,090.09
$132,536.11
$94,034.46
Georgia Republican
Party
$502,660.78
$3,596,747.92
$1,691,800.76
$0


The Georgia Republican Party reported having $1,652,224.48 in its federal account as of December 31st. The Democratic Party of Georgia has yet to file its year end disclosure to the Federal Elections Commission.

AJC Political Insider Jim Galloway wrote Saturday night that while campaign finance reports "do not tell the whole story, they begin to limit the possibilities." [Galloway, Jim (2010-1-9). Cash, poker and the 2010 race for governor. Political Insider. Retrieved on 2010-1-10.]

The possibilities of the Georgia Democratic Party running a massive coordinated campaign for its nominees are very limited. It is more likely that most Democratic nominees will be on their own during the general election campaign. The Republicans, on the other hand, have nearly limitless possibilities except for the fact that they are plagued by ethics problems under the Gold Dome.