The district attorney, who has made headlines across the country for conflicts of interest, unfair application of the law, and questionable ethics, has a full campaign fund but empty accounting practices.
It is noticeable that the campaign finance reports by Braunschweig public prosecutor Jackie Johnson lacked donations from people in the judiciary. In addition, inconsistent reporting, routine corrections, lack of bookkeeping on interest-bearing accounts, and a confusing cyclical loan and amortization schedule that only she was involved in, show unreasonable and incomprehensible accounting practices for Johnson’s campaign that dates back at least as far as 2015.
Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Jackie Johnson raised only $ 1,000 in campaign contributions in the past six months.
Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission’s documentation shows that while Johnson has more than $ 120,000 in cash on her campaign account, Johnson also carries $ 157,157.46 in campaign debt from the 2012 and 2016 election cycles.
The Campaign Funding report of June 30 shows that Johnson also did not receive any campaign donations in the period April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, even though the total cash through November is $ 120,325.85.
The only other campaign entry Johnson’s 2020 reports show is $ 1,000 from former Democratic Representative and Attorney Bobby Lee Cook of Summerville, northwest Georgia, Chattooga County. Johnson also reported two donations in kind to her own $ 600 breakfast sponsorship campaign.
During the period, Johnson paid $ 1,298.70 to Southeastern Marketing Services of Statesboro for “campaign consulting and marketing” and $ 160.00 to W. Gregg & Assoc.LLC of Savannah for editorial services. Both editions were reported in June 2020. [The GA Secretary of State’s website shows Southeastern Marketing Services assigned to Roy Akins, a business owner since 1984]
In the two previous reports for 2020, Johnson paid out just over $ 6,000 for advice, a website, t-shirts, billboards, and design. Notably, Johnson paid attorney Jim Stein and his wife more than $ 1,500 in 2019 for “party supplies” and “shrimp”. Stein currently represents Johnson in her district attorney capacity and has a number of letters in her defense to both Glynn. sent district commissioners and The Baxley Informer. At the end of 2019, Johnson also paid $ 200 for helium at Johnson’s Florist in Alma.
Johnson received these contributions in 2019:
(if other than cash)
|Ronald Adams||Braunschweig||$ 200|
|Burning Crab Co.||Kingsland||$ 250
|Live crab for party|
|Daley and coworkers||St. Mary||$ 500|
|Sherry Gibbs||Jesup||$ 300
|BWK stew for Screven Day|
|Jack Johnson||Alma||$ 2,500|
|Jackie Johnson||honeysuckle||$ 550
|Party prices and expenses|
|Jackie Johnson||honeysuckle||$ 1200
(Benefits in kind)
|Michael Maloy||St. Simons||$ 500|
|Marissa Tindale||Braunschweig||$ 250|
Red stands for Brunswick Judicial Circuit employees
In 2017 and 2018, no donations or loans were made to the campaign.
Confusion about reporting
Campaign funding disclosures show contributions and expenses for the quarter and / or period in question, but also “contributions” and “expenses” to date – initially since the campaign began for Johnson in 2010 as the campaign committee Founded. For all intents and purposes, there is an ongoing “lifetime” for both items that candidates must report. But Johnson’s reports were contradictory even when filed in sequence and the next report was based on information from the last.
- January 31, 2019 – Johnson reports $ 98,818.16 in donations to date, followed by $ 125,000 in loans she was given to her campaign in a year without an election. It then marks a “loan repayment” of $ 98,984.12 for campaign expenses from the 2016 area code and reports a clean cash balance of $ 125,000.
- June 30, 2019 Report – Johnson has reported $ 224,112.08 in contributions (including loans) to date, but in
- December 31, 2019 Report – Johnson’s contributions to date totaled $ 129,696.38 – nearly $ 100,000 less.
- In June 2019, Johnson reported previous spending of $ 98,984.12, but in January 2020 it reported $ 3,008.67. Johnson also filed the June 30, 2019 report twice – once with interest income from the cash balance of $ 125,000 and later with a higher interest amount.
- Johnson routinely left out the interest earned on the reports – including at least three times in 2016.
How these discrepancies continue can be seen below:
|Contributions to Date||Previous editions||Reporting period||Net balance in stock||LOANS ISSUED"}”>LOANS ISSUED|
|$ 114,117.84||$ 15,648.42||December 31, 2016||$ 98,469.42|
|$ 114,055.84||$ 15,648.42||October 25, 2016||$ 98,407.42|
|$ 114,055.84||$ 15,648.42||September 30, 2016||$ 98,407.42|
|$ 113,953.06||$ 15,648.42||June 30, 2016||$ 98,304.64|
|$ 113,871.30||$ 15,648.42||March 30, 2016||$ 98,222.88|
|$ 13,843.90||$ 14,848.42||01/31/2016||$ 99,022.88||$ 100,000|
|$ 13,843.90||$ 0||June 30, 2015||$ 13,843.90|
In its June 30, 2018 report, Johnson reported $ 45,000 in outstanding debt for the 2012 election cycle and $ 131,141.58 in debt in the 2016 primaries. Total debt is $ 176,141.58
Even though Johnson made a loan repayment of $ 13,858.42 in January 2016, Johnson continued to have the same amount of debt. Of particular concern is the period between June 30, 2015 and January 2016, during which repayment was made, but debt remained stable and was reported more than ever. It appears that somewhere down the line, an outstanding loan of $ 45,000 in 2012 was booked twice but never changed.
In February 2017, All of Johnson’s 2016 election year reports have been changed on the Campaign Finance website, with the exception of the report that doubled the $ 45,000, which happened in the January 31, 2016 report.
From 2016 through June 30, 2018, Johnson reported $ 45,000 in outstanding debt for the 2012 election cycle and $ 131,141.58 in debt in the 2016 primer for a total debt of $ 176,141.58. At some point a full repayment was made, undoing the 2012 and 2016 record that consolidated all debt into the 2020 cycle, making it difficult to track.
|REPORT OFFICE||DEBT AMOUNT||REPAYMENTS||LOAN|
|June 30, 2020||$ 157,157.46|
|April 30, 2020||$ 157,157.46|
|January 31, 2020||$ 157,157.46|
|December 31, 2019||$ 157,157.46|
|June 30, 2019||$ 157,157.46|
|January 31, 2019||$ 157,157.46||$ 98,984.12||$ 125,000|
|June 30, 2018||$ 176,141.58|
|January 31, 2018||$ 176,141.58|
|June 30, 2017||$ 176,141.58|
|January 31, 2017||$ 176,141.58|
|December 31, 2016||$ 176,141.58|
|September 30, 2016||$ 176,141.58|
|June 30, 2016||$ 176,141.58|
|March 30, 2016||$ 176,141.58|
|01/31/2016||$ 176,141.58||$ 13,858.42||$ 100,000|
|June 30, 2015||$ 45,000|