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Bill Hembree has a Wayback Money Machine

Bill Hembree has a Wayback Money Machine
November 26, 2012 --

Nov. 26, 2012 — Legally, Georgians can’t spend campaign money raised for one political office to run for a different one. There’s a wide-open loophole, though, and veteran legislator Bill Hembree of Douglas County is only the latest to use it.
When Hembree left the Georgia House recently, he refunded $60,400 from his House campaign account to donors. Within a week, those same supporters gave all but $1,000 of the money back to Hembree to run for a just-opened Senate seat. Here’s the clever part: Rather than simply returning the most recent contributions, Hembree reached back as far as 11 years to choose the donors who got refunds.

Nov. 19-25

November 26, 2012 --

‘Bed tax’ a windfall for some hospitals, a loser for others Fulton Development Authority’s lavish spending questioned Legal logjam lets troubled cops keep their badges MARTA overtime spurs safety concerns Landfill owned by Deal’s friend violates county zoning Confusion, mistrust prevalent at private Macon academy New setup approved for Forsyth Co. ethics panel

Nov. 12-18

November 19, 2012 --

Atlanta Unfiltered’s Watchdog News report, after a hiatus of several months, is back today in a somewhat different format. Rather than a daily update, we will present a weekly Monday package of watchdog news from news outlets across Georgia. Please let us know if there’s something you think we missed. Georgia schools lay unequal foundation […]

George Anderson’s last hurrah: No charge for Deal’s legal fees

George Anderson's last hurrah: No charge for Deal's legal fees
November 17, 2012 --

Nov. 16, 2012 — George Anderson won his fight today over liability for Gov. Nathan Deal’s legal fees. But he says he’s finished nonetheless after a quarter-century of haranguing politicians across Georgia for perceived ethical lapses. “I can’t handle the stress anymore,” he said. “It affects my body too much.”