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    Judge fines Atlanta’s Jim Maddox $6,650

     

    A judge has ordered Atlanta City Councilman Jim Maddox (right) to pay a $6,650 fine for failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in campaign expenditures.

    Maddox, a councilman for 32 years, filed three reports indicating his campaign spent no money during the last six months of 2005. He amended the reports several months later to show 35 expenditures totaling more than $47,000.

    Maddox blamed the omissions on an inexperienced campaign staffer. The councilman gave the volunteer who normally handled the reports time off so she could get married, said his attorney, former Gov. Roy Barnes.

    “If he’s guilty of anything, it’s a mistake of the heart, not of the head,” Barnes said at a hearing in February.

    Barnes said a “disgruntled employee” filed the complaint that led to the investigation.

    Kimberly W. Schroer, a state administrative law judge, ruled the violations were unintentional and set the fine at $6,650 in a March 26 order. The State Ethics Commission had offered to settle the case if Maddox would pay a $10,250 fine, but he declined and the case went to the judge.

     

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