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SPLOST: Poll closed

Post by Nydia Tisdale » November 3rd, 2011, 4:03 pm

For all in-person voting, voters should remember to bring one of the six acceptable forms of photo identification. Details: November 8, 2011 Special Election.

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SPLOST VII Opposition Statements

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SPLOST Guidebook

Post by Nydia Tisdale » November 4th, 2011, 1:16 pm

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No public funds to support SPLOST

Post by Nydia Tisdale » November 4th, 2011, 1:18 pm

PROMOTING THE APPROVAL OF A SPLOST

Georgia law strictly prohibits governmental agencies from expending public funds to support any campaign committee, political action committee, or other political organization for any purpose [O.C.G.A. § 21-5-30.2(b)].

More importantly, the board of commissioners and the city councils are further prohibited from spending public funds for advertisements, flyers, mailings, or any other direct promotion in support of passage of the SPLOST [Harrison v. Rainey, 227 Ga. 240 (1971); McKinney v. Brown, 242 Ga. 456 (1978)].

On the other hand, local officials may use county or municipal funds to prepare descriptions of the SPLOST proposal and the impact of the SPLOST projects on the county and its citizens. It is critical, however, that such descriptions not express an opinion regarding the SPLOST proposal or advocate which way a person should vote.

In many cases, chambers of commerce or other business or civic groups can provide the leadership necessary to promote SPLOST approval. If these organizations engage in promoting the approval, they must register with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (formely named the State Ethics Commission) and meet that agency’s reporting requirements for campaign financing [O.C.G.A. § 21-5-30]. For details, including further information on permissible campaign activities under Georgia law, contact the Commission by telephone at (404) 463-1980 or 866-589-7327 or by e-mail at gaethics@ethics.ga.gov. The commission’s website may be accessed at http://ethics.georgia.gov/.

Are there contribution limits on private SPLOST public relations campaigns?

While counties may not expend public revenues to support a SPLOST public relations campaign, private citizens and independent groups, like chambers of commerce, can lobby and spend money to generate citizen support for the SPLOST initiative. Although such organizations must register with the State Ethics Commission there are no limits on the amounts that they can expend in support of SPLOST.

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Who is fueling SPLOST VII campaign?

Post by Nydia Tisdale » November 4th, 2011, 1:30 pm

Citizens for Progress
Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report

DUE 15 days before date of election November 8, 2011 filed LATE 10/28/2011

Largest Contributors:
Wakefield/Beasley & Associates Architects, Inc.
John Beasley, CEO; Lamar Wakefield, SEC
Amount $5,000.00

Cumming Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce
06/16/2011 $1,000.00
10/20/2011 $1,500.00
Total $2,500.00

Expenditures:
Red Clay Communications, Inc.
Joshua Wayne Jones, President
Total cash amout $23,570.00

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Filing rules for ballot committee

Post by Nydia Tisdale » November 5th, 2011, 2:25 pm

Citizens for Progress
Local Ballot Committee
05/19/2011 Date on Registration
06/06/2011 Postmark on Registration
06/16/2011 Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce $1,000.00 NO REPORT FILED 10/28/2011 Campaign Contributions Report due 15 days before election FILED LATE
11/08/2011 Election Day

Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission

What is a Ballot Committee?

Ballot Committee or Statewide Referendum Committee is defined as “Any campaign committee which accepts contributions or makes expenditures designed to influence the passage of any statewide referendum, constitutional amendment, or ballot question in any county or municipal election.”

When do Ballot Committees have to register and report in Georgia?Ballot Committees must register with the Commission immediately, but do not have to file CCDRs until the Ballot Committee has made contributions and/or expenditures (in the aggregate) of $500 or more.

Forms and Responsibilities for a Ballot Committee

• File Form RO (Registration Form for a Non Candidate Committee) to begin Ballot Committee
• Ballot committee must keep campaign records and document all contributions and expenditures, even before $500 threshold is reached.
• It is advised that the Ballot Committee file PIN Application for e-filing CCDR (Non Candidate Committee) in advance of reaching the $500 threshold
• Once the $500 threshold is reached, the Ballot Committee must file Campaign Contribution Disclosure Reports as per the filing schedule below (NOTE: there are different filing schedules for local vs. statewide ballot committees)


Filing Schedule for LOCAL Ballot Committee

Local Ballot Committee must file reports electronically, once $500 threshold is reached.
Local Ballot Committee must file report 15 days before date of election.
• Local Ballot Committee must file final report before December 31 of the election year.

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