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ATL council member blurred line with $34K in spending

ATL council member blurred line with $34K in spending
November 7, 2010 --

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. 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. Click here for my full story on ajc.com. Click here for supporting documents for this story.

Nov. 6

November 6, 2010 --

Infighting at ATL public schools may jeopardize millions Business accused of charging Fulton Co. to bus dead people Did legislator’s wife try to derail murder trial? Worker sent pornographic e-mails on gov’t server Governor to appoint panel to review Kenerly indictment

Nov. 5

November 5, 2010 --

Newly re-elected Casey Cagle faces a palace coup Grand jury wants to shake up Gwinnett government UGA official advises keeping faculty search info off the record City Hall East developer’s attorney co-hosted councilwoman’s fundraiser APS spent $95K to investigate suspected cheating Bribery probe prompts Athens probation revamp Warner Robins councilman Williams indicted Retired Sea Island […]

Ex-Fulton financial supervisor charged with stealing county funds

Ex-Fulton financial supervisor charged with stealing county funds
November 5, 2010 --

Fulton County police on Thursday arrested a central figure in an alleged theft of taxpayers’ funds and an alleged cover-up by county commissioners. Nicola Hosier, formerly a financial systems supervisor in Fulton County’s human services agency, faces 15 counts of forgery and credit card theft. Republicans, meanwhile, questioned the timing of the arrest — which came two days after the general election.

Nov. 4

November 4, 2010 --

Greene Co. sheriff’s use of drug money questioned Coweta teacher keeps job after attempted poisoning charges Mountain Park residents rip council over lawsuit Despite long lines, Paulding election chief stands by closing precincts Keeton says she tried to bargain with Augusta State

Nov. 3

November 3, 2010 --

Delta fined for deceptive baggage practices Mayor, councilman defeated in Lawrenceville Ex-Polk Co. cop sentenced

MARTA overseer Chambers loses House seat

MARTA overseer Chambers loses House seat
November 3, 2010 --

Rep. Jill Chambers will be giving up her job as MARTA’s top watchdog after losing in Tuesday’s election by about 275 votes. As chair of the MARTA Oversight Committee, Chambers had questioned the transit agency’s spending on lobbyists, pay raises, consultants, fitness equipment for employees, intricate bond deals and much more. And that was all before lunchtime.

Gary Black, agriculture commissioner-elect: $154,000

Gary Black, agriculture commissioner-elect: $154,000
November 3, 2010 --

Georgia’s new agriculture commissioner, Gary Black, reported income of $154,000 in 2009 from his cattle farm in Jackson County and his job at the Georgia Agribusiness Council. He’ll earn about $120,000 as ag commissioner.

Deal refunds $130K in excess donations cited in ethics complaint

Deal refunds $130K in excess donations cited in ethics complaint
November 2, 2010 --

Gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal has refunded $130,000 in campaign contributions that allegedly exceeded the legal limit. A campaign disclosure filed shortly before midnight Monday shows Deal returned many of the contributions cited in an Oct. 19 complaint to the State Ethics Commission. The refunds included more than $80,000 from three businessmen in Lawrenceville, Helena and Moultrie.

Nov. 2

November 2, 2010 --

APS board actions draw serious scrutiny Court revives Fulton taxpayer foundation’s lawsuit Atlanta Eagle’s lawyers want city fined over destruction of records Defender agency seeks special session for funds MCG, foundation set aside their differences Delay continues for Cobb EMC directors’ vote Bishop Eddie Long responds to lawsuits

PAC money heavily favors incumbents

November 1, 2010 --

Pundits predict a wave of anti-incumbency — fueled by tea parties, voters’ disgust with Washington and other factors — will sweep the nation tomorrow. That could happen in Georgia, but the folks who finance much of the political campaigning here are gambling millions of dollars that it won’t. Business groups, labor unions and other special interests doled out $8.4 million to Georgia candidates this year. Incumbents collected the lion’s share.