Campaign finance data for the 2020 Chatham County District Attorney and County Commission Chairman races is now available online. You’ll find a searchable Google Spreadsheet with multiple worksheets at the Searchable Data tab. The Original Reports tab hosts the original PDF campaign finance filings that we downloaded from the Georgia Campaign Finance Commission’s website.
TransparentSavannah.Info was started last year to provide citizens with easy access to campaign finance data for the 2019 local elections. It proved so popular that we decided to do it again. We did not have time to do data entry for all of the 2020 races. We chose these two because they are countywide. We would have liked to do the Coroner’s race as well, but those filings are not presently available online.
Data entry was done by volunteers/concerned citizens Chelsey Beck, Tracy Brisson, Carmen Evans, Jennifer Lawver, Michelle Pompei, Michelle Solomon, and Jennifer West. There may be errors as it was done by hand – you can check the original PDFs for accuracy. While data entry errors are possible, where information is missing it is almost always because forms were incomplete.
We have chosen to highlight combined donations to any candidate of $1,000 and higher and have added some information from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Corporations Division website about businesses whose names we did not recognize. You can search that website yourself for the officers and registered agents of any Georgia business. On the Notable Donations tab we have noted combined donations from the same business interest as determined by shared employer, shared address, or controlling information found on the Dept. of Corporations website. Though we have tried to be careful, this is necessarily somewhat subjective and may have errors so we recommend doing your own research.
The spreadsheet for 2019 can still be accessed here, and the back-up data for 2019 is here. It includes most of the contributions to the candidates for city council, though it is missing some information from the final filings. Many of the donors to 2020 candidates were active in the 2019 election cycle as well.
2015 campaign finance filings are available here. We are also hosting a spreadsheet of 2015 data that was provided to us anonymously. We cannot vouch for it. It is for three candidates only and highlights major donors.
Candidates’ campaign finance filings are legally required to be made public. Though municipalities don’t have to host the data online or in searchable format, we believe that is best practice.
THE MAXIMUM LEGAL DONATION FROM ANY INDIVIDUAL OR BUSINESS TO ANY CANDIDATE IS $2,800 PER ELECTION CYCLE. NOT PER YEAR. THE PRIMARY AND THE GENERAL ARE CONSIDERED DIFFERENT ELECTION CYCLES.