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About Common Cause Georgia

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Common Cause Georgia is a non-profit, non-partisan citizens' lobby organization.  We believe that by banding together, citizens can make a difference.  We throw a spotlight on issues that affect all Georgians.  We work to strengthen public participation and to ensure that the political process serves the public interest, rather than the special interests.

 

Our purpose is clear: make public officials and public institutions accountable and responsive to citizens. Common Cause Georgia has more than 3,000 members and supporters across the state.

 

Common Cause Georgia is guided by our State Advisory Board. We are a state chapter of the national Common Cause organization.

 

We encourage you to get involved! More members mean a stronger voice for the public in local, state and national politics. If you are not already a member, please join today! If you're not ready to become a member, please be sure to sign up for our email list to stay up to date on our latest news, events and campaigns.

 

Our mailing address is 100 Edgewood Avenue, NE., Suite 1275 Atlanta, GA 30303.  Our telephone number is 404.524.4598.

 

Common Cause Georgia State Governing Board

   

Executive Committee

Chair, Lucius Morton

Lucius has been a Columbus resident his whole life, with the exception of attending college and serving in the Navy. He attended Columbus College (now Columbus State University) where he was very active in Republican politics while getting his BA in Political Science. He worked at Columbus Bank for 38 years, and in 2010 retired as a Senior Vice President. He is the founding president of the Historical District Preservation Society in Columbus, and has served on the board of directors of the Historical Columbus Foundation.

      

 

Vice Chair, Wyc Orr

Wyc has been a trial lawyer for 42 years, arguing various kinds of cases before judges and juries across much of Georgia and as an Army Judge Advocate officer in Germany as well. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1989 to 1993. Wyc has long supported Georgia’s indigent defense system, including serving as a charter member of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. He also has a lengthy record of service in state and local bar activities, and in numerous civic and charitable organizations across the state. Wyc is Senior Partner at the law firm of Orr & Brown LLP, located in Gainesville and Atlanta.

  

 

Secretary, Joy Kramer

Joy is the Principal of AdVentures LLC, a media buying and events management company, founded in 2004. With a background as a Senior Account Manager for both Cox and Clear Channel, she has since launched the nationwide Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow- a series of traveling seminars- with a goal of educating public officials and transportation leaders on the practical applications of clean, domestic fuels for cars, trucks and buses. 

 

 

 

Treasurer, Terry Taylor
Terry owns Terry Taylor Communications, a company that provides consulting and communications services to financial institutions and investment management firms.  Prior to this, Terry served as the Managing Director of Strategic Communications for KeyCorp, a financial services company with more than $100 billion in assets and offices across the US.  Terry joined the Common Cause Georgia board in August of 2010 and sits on the Membership/Marketing Committee.

 

 

 

Immediate Past Chair, Jon Sinton

Jon is a serial media entrepreneur who has managed, owned and operated shows, stations, networks and allied businesses for thirty years. He brought Jim Hightower, the populist author, to American radio in 1993 via the ABC Radio Networks. In 2002, sensing a growing market for political talk, he created and was the founding president of Air America Radio. Jon joined the CCGA board in April of 2010.


 

 

Member at Large, Bob Irvin

Bob is a partner of Bridge Strategy Group, a management consulting firm. He lives in Atlanta and holds a law degree from Emory and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Bob served 15 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, including six years as the Republican Minority Leader. In the legislature, he was a champion of open-government and ethics causes. He was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2002. He was chairman of Common Cause Georgia from 2009-2011. He and his wife Lynn are members of the Church of the Apostles.

 

Member at Large, David Poythress

David has served terms as Secretary of State and Commissioner of Labor of the state of Georgia. Poythress also served as the Adjutant General of the Georgia National Guard from 1999 until 2007, initially appointed by Governor Roy Barnes and subsequently reappointed by Governor Sonny Perdue. He retired as a Lieutenant General. He was a Democratic candidate for Governor in 2010.

 

 

   

 

State Board Members

 

Sam Bacote

Sam is former head of the Atlanta Office of Commerce Capital Markets and Commerce Capital Access Program (subsidiaries of Commerce Bank). He has served in the Peace Corps and was named as one of the twelveMost Notable Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in Business. Mr. Bacote serves on several community boards and is past president of the Metro Atlanta Kiwanis Club. Sam ran unsuccessfully for the Georgia State Senate in 2002. He began serving as a Common Cause Georgia board member in 2007.

 

 

 

Emmet Bondurant 

Emmet is the Senior Partner of the Atlanta Law Firm, Bondurant, Mixson and Elmore. He is a current member of the National Governing Board of Common Cause. He formerly served as the Chairman of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. Emmet received his LLM from Harvard. He has had a long and distinguished career as a trial lawyer with high profile experience in anti-trust law and numerous public interest and civil rights cases. He was the attorney who won the landmark 1963 Supreme Court case Wesberry v. Sanders, which held that congressional districts must be apportioned equally based on the "one-person-one vote" rule. Mr. Bondurant served as CCGA board chair from 2002 to 2004.

 

Wilson DuBose

Wilson has served as Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia, and chaired its Indigent Defense Committee from 1997-2008. This committee initiated the effort to reform Georgia’s indigent defense system, culminating in major reform legislation in the 2003 General Assembly that established a statewide public defender system in Georgia. Mr. DuBose has served on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Committee for Ethical Judicial Campaigns, which was formed in 2004 to encourage ethical conduct in contested judicial elections and educate the public on the importance of maintaining an independent judiciary. He is currently a partner at DuBose Massey Bair & Evans LLC. He resides in Madison, GA with his wife.

 

Phyllis S. Fraley

Phyllis is a public affairs and media relations consultant and writer. She has worked in high-profile corporate and political campaigns and served in the Cabinet of Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and as senior press advisor to candidate Shirley Franklin, Mayor of Atlanta. Phyllis received her journalism degree from the University of Georgia.  

 

 

 

Gregory Hall, Ph.D.

Gregg Hall is a professor at Morehouse and currently serves as Director of the International Studies Program. His area of focus is international relations. Gregg is devoted to community service, civic engagement, and global education. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Daisy Alliance. He serves on the Georgia Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and works closely with organizations such as the United Negro College Fund.

 

Clint Murphy

Clint Murphy is a Realtor in Savannah, GA with Clint Murphy Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners. Prior to a career in real estate, Clint was a long time political operative in the Republican Party working at the local, state, and federal level. Clint was a 2008 member of the Electoral College. Clint is a cancer survivor and is actively involved with a number of organizations in the fight against cancer. In 2011, Clint helped start the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club and served as its Charter President. Clint makes his home in Ardsley Park in Savannah, GA.

 

 

 

McCracken Poston
McCracken graduated from UGA’s law school and currently runs his solo law practice out of Ringgold, Georgia, with a satellite office in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1988, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, where he served for four terms. He is most well-known for his role in passing the “Ethics in Government Act of 1992”, which first required lobbyists to register and to disclose their spending on legislators. In 1996, he ran unsuccessfully for the US Congress but lost the general election to the freshly party-switched incumbent, Nathan Deal. Currently, he serves part-time as a Juvenile Court Judge for the Lookout Mountain Circuit, in addition to running his law practice. He resides in Catoosa County with his three
children, Alina, Mac, and Cal.

 

  

 

 Advisory Council Members 

 

Sam Allen
Lauren Barrett
Kathryn Ballou Breedlove
Chuck Clay
Frank Critz
Bertis Downs
Diane Durgin

Ted Heintz
Mary Lu Mitchell
Stephen Mitchell
John Sherrill
Jesse Spikes

Kerwin Swint

John Sugg
Lesley Ward
John Wieland

 

 

Common Cause Georgia Staff

 

William Perry, Executive Director 

William is an Atlanta native and former staff member of Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Max Cleland.  Under then Georgia Secretary of State Cleland, he served in the State Elections Division.  William has also served as a neighborhood leader in Southeast Atlanta, worked in the Georgia office of the League of Conservation Voters, lobbied the Georgia Public Service Commission on local telephone service deregulation and recently served as an active alumni fundraiser for the University of Georgia.

  

 

Ryan Splitlog, Assistant Director

Ryan recently graduated magna cum laude from UGA's School of Public and International Affairs with a BA in Political Science. He grew up in Peachtree City, and now resides in Atlanta. During the summer of 2011, he interned with CCGA and assisted with various policy research.

 

 

Jim Kulstad, Lobbyist

Jim has has been lobbying at the State Capital since 1990.  Jim is a former member of the Common Cause Georgia Board and has worked as our contract lobbyist since 2002.  Jim is a native of Minnesota and currently splits his time between his home in Atlanta and his villa in Italy.

 

 

 

Our Meetings

 

Common Cause Georgia board meetings are open to the public.  Those seeking to attend please give advance notice by calling us at (404) 524-4598.