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Forsyth Solicitor-General: 'Significant Fundraising Advantage Over Opponent'

Donna Gopaul says she's raised more money from mostly local Cumming and Forsyth County residents.

Donna Gopaul. Credit: gopaulworks.org
Donna Gopaul. Credit: gopaulworks.org

Editor's Note: The following is a press release issued by the Donna Gopaul for Solicitor-General campaign.

Today, Donna Gopaul, candidate for Forsyth County Solicitor-General, announced that she has achieved a significant fundraising advantage over her opponent in the race.

According to reports filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission this week, Gopaul received more than $23,150 in net contributions, dwarfing the $5,756.20 raised by her opponent.

Moreover, the reports show that Gopaul received numerous contributions from local donors, underscoring the widespread support for her campaign in the community. By contrast, her opponent reported only one itemized contribution from a local Cumming resident.

“Nearly 60 percent of contributions received by my opponent were from international and out-of-state interests,” said Gopaul. “While my opponent has focused her campaign on earning the support of donors in other states and outside the U.S., I am working to earn the support of local taxpayers,” continued Gopaul.

"I believe our conservative, common-sense message is helping voters realize just how important the Forsyth County Solicitor-General's Office is to our community's continued success," said Gopaul.

As Solicitor-General, Gopaul has eliminated $200,000 in unnecessary spending, reduced government bureaucracy and fought to prosecute more than 2,500 cases.

"I am energized by the fact that our campaign continues to be focused on earning and demonstrating grassroots support," said Gopaul.

To learn more about Solicitor-General Donna Gopaul’s campaign, please visit www.DonnaGopaul.com.

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Deborah January 09, 2014 at 08:54 PM
This is terrific news. I am thrilled to hear that Ms. Gopaul has so many grass root supporters in Forsyth. It makes sense to me that the campaign donations should be coming from local supporters, since we will be the ones she will be representing and keeping safe. Why on earth her opponent (what's her name again?) thinks that donations from outside of Forsyth are a good thing escapes me. Is it because she cannot raise funds at home? Is it because her support is NOT local since Gopaul is the incumbent, worthy and deserving of this position of the Forsyth County Solicitor General? Gives one pause to ponder. Donna Gopaul will always have and KEEP my vote and my money. Anyone who can cut spending while still having a very impressive record as the current Solicitor General has my support 100%. Its a nice feeling to know that so many of us support her cause and her campaign. Donna plays for the home team and in my eyes she has hit many home runs already. For you football fans out there, she scores touchdowns and goes for the conversion every time. I am going with GOPAUL ALL THE WAY!
Bill January 10, 2014 at 05:58 AM
BREAKING NEWS: DONNA GOPAUL IS A CYNTHIA MCKINNEY DEMOCRAT!!! Forsyth County Solicitor Donna Gopaul once worked as a legislative aide to the radical, left-wing nut job Cynthia McKinney. She donated money to McKinney's campaign. In fact Gopaul has a history of voting for Democrats, including Barack Obama in 2012. Ms. Gopaul swears she has seen the light and is now a Republican. But that miraculous epiphany must have occurred the day she suddenly awoke to discover that in order to keep her $113,000 a-year-job, she would have to campaign in the most Republican county in the U.S. After all, it wasn't until last summer she joined the GOP. Ms. Gopaul conveniently forgot to mention her left wing bias to the throng of Republican supporters who gathered at Tam's Backstage last month to throw money at her. But now that it is common knowledge she is a Cynthia McKinney Democrat, those same supporters are running away from her campaign faster than Democrat lawmakers are running away from Obamcare. State Senators Jack Murphy and Steve Gooch and Reps. Mike Dudgeon, Geoff Duncan and Kevin Tanner have ordered Gopaul to remove their names from her website and any campaign literature. Even her campaign manager has abandoned her. The new guy, who appears to be Josh Jones, has redesigned a sparkling new website that includes the GOP logo, something that wasn't there before her Democrat past was uncovered. The County Committee has requested that Ms. Gopaul attend a called meeting later this month to explain her sudden conversion from left-wing Democrat to Republican. That should be very entertaining indeed. Incidentally, not one of her 43 campaign contributions came after Dec. 15, when it was revealed that she is a Cynthia McKinney Democrat. Good luck getting future contributions from unsuspecting Republicans!
Deborah January 10, 2014 at 10:07 AM
You people are hysterical. You really should do your RESEARCH Donna Gopaul was an INTERN for McKinney that was it. A MARXIST please don't make me laugh. Careful your stupidity is showing and it ain't pretty.
Deborah January 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Who cares if she changed parties? Last I looked America is still a free country and people change parties all the time. I.e. RONALD REAGAN elected President TWICE, Theodore Roosevelt Hilary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, " 21 Most-Famous Political Party Switchers of All Time Condoleezza Rice speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview at the Everest Capital Emerging Market Forum, in Miami, Fla. on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Condoleezza Rice has served as President George W. Bush's secretary of state and national security advisor, but she was a registered Democrat until 1982, casting her vote for Jimmy Carter in 1976. But it was Carter who swayed Rice, then a 28-year-old assistant political science professor at Stanford, to the Republicans' side, dismayed as she was by his decision to invade Afghanistan in 1979. Rice registered as a Republican and cast her vote for Ronald Reagan in 1982. At the Republican National Convention in 2000, she revealed that her father, "the Republican I admire most," also inspired her decision to switch, saying "My father joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did." Rice went on to say that she had found a party "that sees me as an individual, that puts family first, that believes that peace begins with strength." I'm guessing here but this one may be an all time favorite of your type of extremist PAT BUCHANAN, Leon Panetta, good ole' Strom Thurmond. Do some research politicians and FREE American Citizens, change parties ALL THE TIME. WHO cares? I sure don't. The proof is what Donna is doing as Solicitor General RIGHT NOW, not which lever she pulls at the polls.
Dave Crouch January 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Working for someone as crazy as Cynthia McKinney and voting for Barack Obama should be an automatic disqualification. I've reviewed Susan Zereini's qualifications and her lifelong Republican voting record and find her far superior to Gopaul. Susan has 13 years' experience as a prosecutor and Gopaul has only 3, so she was putting bad guys behind bars while Gopaul was still working for McKinney and trying to get her law degree.
Bill January 10, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Debra asks a fair question. My answer is that Donna Gopaul must care since she took such great pains to hide the fact that she is a McKinney Democrat. The state senators and representatives must care since they have ordered her to remove their names from her website and campaign literature. Her campaign manager must care since he has resigned. Members of the Republican Party I've talked to say they want to return her $25 membership fee and kick her out of the party. And, Forsyth County citizens must care since they vote about 90 percent in favor of Republican candidates. In fact the only folks I can think of that don't care are the two or three Democrats who live in the county.
Deborah January 10, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Well Bill there is a lot more to these "stories" that you mention than you know. There are always two sides and unfortunately when you only have one side of the story, it is just a lot of innuendo and mud slinging. The facts are that she did raise significant local FORSYTH funds while her opponent feels that she can only raise funds from outside of the constituency-- actually outside of the United States of America. How is that gaining the trust and support of the LOCAL voters that she would be representing? Who will she be answering to? Where are these foreign donations coming from? And most importantly, why the heck are they giving her money for a campaign that will not affect them in any way--- or will it? We have seen this buying of politicians for personal/business/influential gain, time and time again across party lines. At least the voters that are giving Ms. Gopaul donations LIVE where she works. As far as caring. Why are you forgetting to mention the good that Ms. Gopaul has already accomplished as Solicitor General? "As Solicitor-General, Gopaul has eliminated $200,000 in unnecessary spending, reduced government bureaucracy and fought to prosecute more than 2,500 cases." This represents action, watching out for our county and getting the job done. Isn't that what really matters? People change parties it happens, its not some cloak and dagger subterfuge...she is an adult, she made an informed decision and she changed parties. Let's stop trying to divert attention from what REALLY matters. Who has the LOCAL experience and support? Who has already been doing this job and knows how to make things happen? Who will continue to be a great Solicitor General? Ms. Donna Gopaul.
Bill January 11, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Deborah, thank you for bringing up the issue of fundraising from "outside of the constituency." I agree that is important. Susan Zereini who, by the way, has 13 years' prosecutorial experience to Donna Gopaul's 3.5, announced her campaign in December and only had a couple of weeks to raise funds before the campaign contribution reports were filed. Susan reported seven contributions, six of which came from "outside of the constituency." Only one came from outside the country and that was from a lifelong friend who now lives in Australia. Gopaul, on the other hand, reported 43 contributions nearly half of which came from "outside the constituency." The really big money came from defense attorneys who will one day have clients Gopaul must decide whether or not to prosecute. Can you say conflict of interest? These facts make your claim that, "At least the voters that are giving Ms. Gopaul donations LIVE where she works" pure fiction.
Bill January 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Sorry, Deborah, I forgot to responded to your claim that Donna Gopaul's great epiphany "is not some cloak and dagger subterfuge." Of course it is. Gopaul said she has made her Democrat background known during the campaign. That is simply untrue. I've spoken to all members of the Forsyth County state delegation who have now withdrawn their support for her and ordered her to remove their names from her website. They all say she didn't tell them. Why else do you think they have abandoned her? I've spoken to officials in the Forsyth County Republican Party, the Women's Republican Party of Forsyth County as well as the Forsyth County Tea Party and Forsyth County Tea Party Patriots Alliance. She told NONE of them. There are two key issues voters should consider in electing the next Solicitor General: Integrity and Experience. By masquerading as a Republican, Gopaul has clearly demonstrated that she lacks integrity. As far as experience goes, it's no contest. Susan Zereini has 13 years' prosecutorial experience to Gopaul's 3 1/2. In fact, Susan was putting bad guys behind bars while Gopaul was still working on her law degree and helping Cynthia McKinney blame President Bush for 9/11.
Nancy Luis January 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Donna Gopaul lacks the integrity to be Forsyth County solicitor. She should have disclosed her Democrat background before the fundraiser at Tam's Backstage. I'll bet 99% of those contributions came from Republicans who wouldn't have contriubted a dime if they had known she worked for Cynthia McKinney and voted for Barack Obama. Too bad she can't be forced to return the money.
sara grainger January 11, 2014 at 06:16 PM
I am the outside of the country donation for Susan Zereini. I have lived in Georgia for 37 years, born and raised. My family recently moved to Australia because of my husband's job. We thought this would be an amazing opportunity for our family to see another part of the world but we are also looking forward to returning to our roots. I have worked in the courtroom with Susan for several years and I would support her no matter where I live. I have always considered myself a true Georgian and always will. I know, as a Georgian, that Susan is the right choice for the job.
Aww Now January 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM
Well that comment by Zereini's close friend takes care of that empty attack. Looking forward to seeing a true conservative-valued, experienced prosecutor in the Forsyth County Solicitor's Office. Go Zereini! I'm sure someone(s) down at the Capitol have had their own heads on a plate for not weeding out a democrat. McKinney???? Seriously? That's worse than Nancy Pelosi.
Ann Kelly January 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Deborah it sounds like you are asking the people of Forsyth County to look at Donna Gopaul "Experience" and to set aside her working for Cynthia McKinny as well as her not being up-front about being a life long Democrat until now. Now that she has to run for the office that was handed just this past March. Lets see, Donna Gopaul has just three years experience as an Assistant Solicitor & Senior Assistant Solicitor working only on misdemeanor cases in Forsyth County while Susan Zereini's thirteen years of experience is with both felony & misdemeanor cases. Susan Zereini has worked in Georgia as a Assistant Solicitor & Senior Assistant Solicitor in Cherokee County & as a Assistant District Attorney in Pickens County after rising though the rank from Assistant District Attorney to Deputy Bureau Chief in the King County District Attorneys Office in Brooklyn New York. What these facts show me is that when it comes to the "EXPERIENCE THAT COUNTS" Susan Zereini is the hands down "Winner" or Deborah to use one of your own words "SUSAN ZEREINI IS A TOUCHDOWN"! "GO ZEREINI GO"
Deborah January 12, 2014 at 01:17 PM
The way I see it is we all have the freedom of choice when it comes to the polls. That is one of the many, many things I love about my country. I know now that I am never going to convince you that Donna Gopaul is the best choice and "win you over". Freedom of choice is a wonderful thing. (Donna chose to become a Republican) Moreover, you are NEVER going to convince me that your candidate is the best choice. For me, the proof is in actions, success and commitment to the community. Ms. Gopaul has proved herself to be very competent at her office. I am 100% comfortable and confident in voting for and supporting Donna Gopaul. The rest will be decided by the voters. What would politics be without good fights, getting our blood up, a little mud slinging and controversy? Boring I suppose. I will leave you with this however: http://cumming.patch.com/groups/elections/p/response-to-complaint-from-zereini-campaign “All candidates for Forsyth County elected offices, who wish to run in the Republican primary must complete the qualifying process. Any candidate, who properly completes the qualification process, pays the qualifying fee and signs an affidavit swearing that they agree with the principles of the Republican Party may run in the Republican primary. This is the process established and outlined under Georgia’s election law. The GOP needs to continue to grow and attract new voters. We welcome new members who may have had different political views in the past, but who have honestly reached the decision that they share our belief in limited government, personal responsibility, the rule of law, fiscal responsibility and the other core values of the Republican Party. The ultimate responsibility for determining if any candidate holds true to Republican principles, rests in the hands of the Forsyth County voters who cast their ballots in the Republican primary.” Have a nice Sunday.
Ann Kelly January 12, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Well Deborah I see that you and I can agree on one thing and that is the Freedom of Choice. With this freedom your candidate is welcome run as well as get funds from whom ever she wants and so can Susan Zereini. Susan's former co-works, colleagues, friends & family all have the right to choose to support her no matter where they live. This is not only legal under Georgia Election Law it is also The American Way! I hope you enjoy your day as well.
Deborah January 12, 2014 at 04:47 PM
Thank you Ann. You are absolutely right and I look forward to the outcome. It is proving be an interesting campaign already.
RELENTLESS January 12, 2014 at 08:34 PM
Will the Backstage Barfly Party be hosting any more fundraisers for Gopaul?

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