Members of the senior Republican leadership of the Georgia House flying around the state to talk about their accomplishments are tapping campaign funds to cover expenses.
House Speaker David Ralston, along with Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones and Majority Leader Larry O’Neal wrap up a four-day tour of the state today.
“There’s not one dime of taxpayer money being involved with this campaign,” said Ralston, R-Blue Ridge.
His campaign is paying part of the cost, with the Republican Caucus campaign war chest picking up the rest.
He said the itinerary was designed to reach cities different from those visited on a similar tour two years ago.
The timing is intentional. It comes as early voting begins for this month’s primary in which a handful of GOP legislators face challenges.
“It does give us an opportunity to talk about some of our members that have races because I know as speaker and the other members of the leadership team know them,” he said. “We work with these people, and we can tell them what kind of job they do and give them an honest assessment of that.”