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Rogers out-raising Beach in state Senate race
by Angela Spencer
aspencer@neighbornewspapers.com
July 25, 2012 05:44 PM | 1147 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print


Campaign contribution disclosure reports were filed earlier this month and records show state Senate incumbent Chip Rogers is out-raising opponent Brandon Beach by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Disclosure reports are turned in to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

Rogers filed his report July 10 and, at that time, had $291,235.07 on hand. The cash amount of his contributions received was at $680,192.59.

Many contributions came from organizations relating to the healthcare industry, including Aeta, Committee for Responsible Health Care Policy, Coventry Health Care of Georgia, Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals and Pfizer.

Among other state Senate committees, Rogers is a member of the Insurance and Labor committee, whose primary jurisdictions are insurance, workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation.

Other large contributors to his campaign include John Deere, The Coca-Cola Company, Title Max, T-Mobile and Turner Broadcasting System.

Rogers’s itemized expenditures include $8,800 to First Class Mailing for postage and mailing, $15,250 to Comcast for advertising and $2,804.45 to Facebook for advertising. There was also a $10,375 expenditure to Spitball Consulting for consulting, postage, printing and signs. His total paid expenditures for this period is $71,119.09.

Rogers also has $40,581.90 in outstanding debts, all carrying over from the beginning of this reporting period.

Beach’s report was filed July 9 when he had $21,598.86 on hand. His contributions in cash totaled $52,449.53.

Many of Beach’s contributions came from either companies or individuals in construction and development. These include Kerry Armstrong, senior vice president of Pope and Land; Millard Choate, CEO of Choate Construction; Reeves Contracting Company; and C.W. Matthews Contracting.

Beach is president and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and a board member at the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Other contributors include Ann Hanlon, COO of the North Fulton CID; Katie Reeves, Fulton County School board member; and Michael Paris, CEO for the Council of Quality Growth.

Beach’s expenditures include two payments to the Washington Political Group totaling $21,526.89 for political consulting fees.

He also joined the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce and the Cherokee County Republican Party in June.
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