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A peek into the fortunes of Georgia’s special election contenders

There’s a handful of millionaires in Georgia's special election – and one mega-millionaire. One candidate was paid at least $5,000 by Al-Jazeera last year. Another owns a quartet of posh condos in Florida. And one hedged his bets with investments in Coca-Cola – and Pepsi.

Financial disclosures were due this week for the 18 candidates in the April 18 special election to represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, which stretches from east Cobb to north DeKalb. All but a handful of the candidates in the crowded field filed their disclosures.

Here’s a look at some of the top contenders:

Bob Gray

The ex-Johns Creek councilman disclosed at least $2.3 million in assets, largely from investments and his gig as director of the Ammacore tech firm. He also owns four condos at the On Top of the World complex in Clearwater, Fla. worth at least $250,000.

Karen Handel

The former secretary of state disclosed more than $300,000 in assets, mostly from several investment accounts and mutual funds. She said her consulting firm, Handel Strategy Group, earned about $10,000 last year and is worth between $15,000 to $50,000. Another firm owned by her husband Steve, text-messaging service TextGov, is valued at less than $50,000.

Judson Hill

The former state senator filed an extension for more time to disclose his assets.

Bruce LeVell

The business owner disclosed more than $385,000 in assets, the bulk tied up in his Dunwoody jewelry shop. He also made nearly $30,000 last year as a contractor for Hunter Technical Resources, a recruiting firm.

Dan Moody

The former state senator disclosed more than $26 million in assets, including a SunTrust account with at least $5 million. His fortune includes a stake of at least $1 million in Orpheus, an engineering firm, and more than $1 million in CorMatrix, a medical device company.

He disclosed real estate holdings across the nation, including 26 acres in Port Wentworth, Ga., an office development in Norcross and investments in South Carolina and North Carolina.

He owns stocks in dozens of companies, including Apple, Google, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Southwest Airlines, Qualcomm and Wal-Mart. Those holdings include at least $100,000 in Coca-Cola – and at least $1,000 in the Atlanta-based beverage giant’s rival PepsiCo.

A campaign spokesman said Moody is already in discussions to set up a blind trust for his assets if he wins the race.

Jon Ossoff

The investigative filmmaker disclosed more than $1.7 million in assets, including more than $250,000 in Apple stock and another $50,000 in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway investment firm. His England-based documentary company, Insight TWI, is valued at more than $250,000. He also has a stake of at least $50,000 in NWC Partnership, a solar panel installation firm.

He disclosed more than $5,000 in payments from about a dozen media companies for his documentary work, including the Al-Jazeera network. He’s come under fire from Republicans for working with the Qatari-based company that critics call an anti-Western propaganda outlet; he’s called those attacks partisan cheap shots.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.