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Rome Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, Rep. Katie Dempsey file reports detailing campaign finance activity

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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:00 am

State Rep. Katie Dempsey, who is unchallenged for re-election on Nov. 8, is diverting some of her war chest to help other state House lawmakers in their races.

The Rome Republican took in contributions totaling $6,950 and spent $16,564 over the past three months, leaving her with $16,858 in the bank.

Dempsey spread out $10,000 to the election campaigns of nine Republicans: Reps. Beth Beskin of Atlanta; Buzz Brockaway of Lawrenceville; Brian Strickland of McDonough; Joyce Chandler of Grayson; Jan Tankersley of Brooklet; Valerie Clark of Lawrenceville; and Gerald Green of Cuthbert; and newcomers Meagan Hanson of Brookhaven and Karen Mathiak of Griffin.

The remaining $6,000 or so went for campaign travel — including to the Southern Legislative Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, and the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver — and to local nonprofits.

Dempsey donated outright or through special events to The Crisis Pregnancy Center of Rome, Chieftains Museum, Exchange Club Family Resource Center, Floyd Healthcare Foundation, the NAMI Rome Walk, Boy Scouts of America Northwest Georgia Council, Rome Area History Museum, Rome International Film Festival, Rome Symphony Orchestra, St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus and United Way of Atlanta Safe Harbor.

She and state Sen. Chuck Hufstetler filed reports detailing their financial activity between July 1 and Sept. 30 with the State Ethics Commission before the grace period expired Oct. 7.

The other two members of Floyd County’s legislative delegation, Reps. Eddie Lumsden and Christian Coomer, filed previously, by the Sept. 30 deadline.

Hufstetler, R-Rome, and Dempsey both listed major contributions from the political action committees of healthcare groups — including the Georgia Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Georgia Medical Eye PAC and Georgia Psychiatry PAC.

Hufstetler reported taking in $7,550 during the three-month period and spending $600.

His donors also included PACs for pharmaceutical companies Alkermes Inc., Eli Lilly, Glaxo-Smith-Kline and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Hufstetler reported making a $500 contribution to the Floyd County Republican Party.

The next candidate reports, on campaign activity between Oct. 1 and Oct. 25, must be filed by midnight Nov. 1 to avoid a $125 late fee.