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ATL council member fined for campaigning with city funds
By JIM WALLS
Oct. 22, 2010 — Longtime Atlanta City Council member Cleta Winslow will pay a $1,500 fine and $5,420 restitution for using city funds to print campaign literature and pay campaign workers to hand it out.
Winslow got the city to reimburse her $835 for the design of a District 4 Update newsletter, $865 to print 10,000 copies of a Re-elect Cleta Winslow flyer and $3,720 to the campaign workers who handed them out in the four days leading up to the Nov. 2 general election, according to a consent order between Winslow and the city Board of Ethics.
The board signed off Thursday night on the consent order, which requires Winslow to pay back the money and the $1,500 civil penalty within 10 days.
The eight-page District 4 newsletter, distributed by workers wearing “Re-elect Cleta Winslow” T-shirts, features 18 photographs of Winslow and mentions her by name 31 times.
The consent order will have no effect on the outcome of the election. Winslow squeaked by to win a fifth term with 52 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff by about 120 ballots.