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Georgia 2018: Lobbyists are voting with their wallet in governor race

In Georgia’s 2018 governor’s race, statehouse lobbyists are already voting with their wallets.

The top firms and the special interests they represent have almost exclusively written big checks in recent weeks to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of campaign disclosures filed last week.

Cagle has taken in more than 10 times as much money from lobbyists and statehouse political action committees as the other three leading GOP candidates combined.

If Cagle has any competition for the lobby money, records show, it is from Georgia Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer, R-Duluth, who is running to replace him as lieutenant governor.

Read more: Georgia’s Capitol crowd opens its wallet for Cagle’s race for governor

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James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.