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Budget cuts cripple ethics enforcement against non-filers

 

Hundreds of state officials — legislators, department heads, members of boards and commissions — haven’t submitted financial disclosures that were due last July. Countless politicians also failed to report campaign finances on time — or at all.

But the State Ethics Commission, crippled by budget cuts, usually does nothing more than e-mail them a reminder. Says Tom Plank, interim executive secretary of the commission: “We can’t even mail them a letter.”

Read myEthics Watch column online here in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 

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