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  • Did taxpayers fund Ralston’s Europe trip?

    ICE High Speed Train
    December 12, 2011 --

    The funds used to fly House Speaker David Ralston’s family to Europe last Thanksgiving were not taxpayers’ dollars — but, quite possibly, they used to be. Chris Brady, the lobbyist who paid for the $17,279 trip, is also a Georgia DOT subcontractor whose firm has pocketed at least $458,000 since 2007 as part of a team studying a possible high-speed Atlanta-to-Chattanooga transit line.

    Dec. 12

    December 12, 2011 --

    Report points to kaolin mine as likely Wilkinson Co. fish-kill source

    House Speaker David Ralston: Lingering tax Q’s, $1M loan

    House Speaker David Ralston: Lingering tax Q's, $1M loan
    December 12, 2011 --

    Rep. Ralston, who championed a 2010 law that he touted as ethics reform, accepted a $17,279 lobbyist-funded trip to Europe later that year for himself, his chief of staff and their families. Ralston has had recurring tax difficulties, facing state and federal tax liens of more than $500,000, and he’s needed a little help paying off those debts.

    We all want tax credits, but who are THESE guys?

    December 12, 2011 --

    A blog about public records …

    Tracking down the investors who want Georgia to give them $125 million in tax credits isn’t as easy as it should be. A walk through online disclosures identifies some of the suits who hope to be getting some of that.

    Join the Georgia Transparency Project

    Join the Georgia Transparency Project
    December 12, 2011 --

    State legislators say they welcome transparency regarding their personal finances — corporate and real estate holdings, government contracts and the like.But who decides what constitutes transparency? Who checks whether they’re telling us all that we’re entitled to know? They do. Just as war is too important to be left to the generals, transparency is too important to be left to the politicians.