Leading by example, insists that trust is most important issue in this campaign
McDonough – June 8, 2012: Republican House candidate Dale Rutledge today announced that he has self-reported a paperwork error that occurred when the campaign’s original Declaration of Intention To Accept Campaign Contributions (DOI) was filed in early February.
“The voters of the 109th District have made it clear to me that trust is the most important factor they will consider when going to the polls,” Rutledge said. “Immediately upon learning that we made an inadvertent paperwork error, I notified the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission and self-reported the error.”
The error occurred when Rutledge loaned his campaign $7,247 from his personal account even though the DOI had not yet been received by the Commission. The DOI was postmarked three days after the funds were paid.
“Even though this was a minor oversight, I take full responsibility for the error that was made and personal integrity is exactly what I have been talking to voters about since the start of this campaign,” Rutledge added. “My opponent has accepted expensive dinners, trips, and gifts from lobbyists and has paid his family members with campaign contributions received from lobbyists, yet refuses to take responsibility for these breaches of trust. This is a clear difference between the two of us, and I will continue to make ethics the cornerstone of this campaign.”
Rutledge is the only candidate in the 109th District Republican Primary that has signed a pledge committing to support legislation limiting lobbyist gifts. He has taken this pledge a step further, committing to self-impose this limit regardless of whether legislation is passed. Rutledge has also committed to sponsoring legislation on the first day of the 2013 session to ban the practice of paying family members with campaign contributions.
Dale Rutledge is campaigning for State Representative of the 109th district. Dale grew up on a family farm in Henry County, graduated from the County’s public schools and attended Georgia Southwestern University. He has created two successful businesses and raised a family here. He is the former owner of Rover, Inc., a customer-friendly recycling and sanitation firm focused on the people of Henry County. Today he runs Expo-Link Cargo, a firm he started in1999 specializing in trade show exhibits for the logistics industry. Dale is along-time member of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
Dale and his wife of 26 years, Kathy, have two daughters, Caroline and Morgan. The Rutledge’s belong to McDonough Presbyterian Church where Dale has served as an Elder and Deacon.