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ATL council member blurred line with $34K in spending

 

By JIM WALLS

Atlanta City Council member Cleta Winslow just paid an ethics fine for spending $5,420 of taxpayers’ money to boost her 2009 re-election campaign.

But taxpayers also picked up the tab for nearly $29,000 more in spending that promoted Winslow’s name in the final weeks before last year’s voting, an analysis of council records shows. The payments blurred the line drawn by the city’s Ethics Code to separate city-sponsored events and campaign activities.

Winslow collected reimbursements from her city expense account for jazz musicians, a disc jockey, an inflatable bouncer, a popcorn machine and other equipment, plus $8,000 worth of barbecue and side dishes, for events Oct. 17 and 24 last year.

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Click below for a few supporting documents:

Oct. 2009 contract for $8,000 of BBQ and sides

Winslow’s flyer promoting Oct. 24 event at Adair Park

Winslow’s 2009 campaign newsletter

Winslow’s Nov. 2009 response to ethics complaint

Winslow’s Oct. 2010 settlement with Atlanta Board of Ethics

Resolution of 2005 ethics case

 

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