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Dec. 15

December 15, 2011 --

Clayton Co. school board member accused of downloading porn Marching bands in DeKalb suspended over FAMU ties

Lawmakers to ethics panel: We don’t need no stinkin’ late fees

December 14, 2011 --

Dec. 14, 2011 — Remember the Georgia Legislature’s promise last year to impose tough new penalties for violators of campaign finance laws? Not gonna happen — at least not yet.

Starting this year, candidates could be fined $1,375 for filing a financial disclosure 45 days late. But legislators didn’t provide the money to pay for late notices, so the maximum fine for now is just $125.

Rep. Rashad Taylor: Unpaid taxes, missing disclosures

Rep. Rashad Taylor: Unpaid taxes, missing disclosures
December 14, 2011 --

Taylor, a political consultant,  has stayed busy running other candidate’s campaigns, but he’s cut a few corners in running his own. Five times since 2008, Taylor failed to disclose his personal or campaign finances, neglecting to report receipt of at least $11,225 in campaign contributions as a consequence. “There’s really no excuse for not having filed my disclosures that are missing,” Taylor said. “I just haven’t gotten it done.” Taylor also fell behind on his state income taxes, incurring liens totaling $3,161 for 2008 and 2009.

Dec. 13

December 13, 2011 --

Ex-officer, whistleblower sues Georgia National Guard Brunswick judge facing new charges of favoritism Thousands in Georgia getting probation again and again Ga. DOT, contractor to pay nearly $3M to settle EPA complaint Dougherty Co. school board calls for school lunch probe

Did taxpayers fund Ralston’s Europe trip?

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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.

Dec. 11

December 11, 2011 --

Child-care regulators slow to collect fines Gingrich lobbied, didn’t register, on 2004 trip to Georgia Reservoir to aid DNR board member

Dec. 10

December 10, 2011 --

Clayton Co. DA names prosecutor in investigation of ex-sheriff Dougherty Co. school board member charged in lunch scandal

Dec. 9

December 9, 2011 --

Angel Food Ministry benefited founders, feds say Cartersville power plant among nation’s dirtiest Governor holds off on appointment of unlicensed P.I.