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  • 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.

    Ethics deals signed for ex-Speaker, 10 current & former lawmakers

    Ethics deals signed for ex-Speaker, 10 current & former lawmakers
    October 15, 2009 --

    Former House Speaker Terry Coleman and 10 current and former lawmakers closed ethics complaints today with the payment of a fine and a promise not to do it again. Coleman agreed to a $2,900 fine for making more than $38,000 in mortgage payments on a condominium that his business was purchasing. The panel also fined Congressman David Scott for failing to report the status of $83,000 left over in his state Senate campaign accounts since 2002.

    Ex-House speaker pays $3,758 tax bill with campaign funds

    Ex-House speaker pays $3,758 tax bill with campaign funds
    September 9, 2009 --

    Former Georgia House Speaker Terry Coleman used $3,758 in left-over campaign funds to pay a property tax bill in Henry County. Coleman’s latest campaign disclosure, filed Friday evening, shows he made the payment May 14. State law forbids using campaign money for personal benefit. Taxes are generally regarded as a personal expense.

    Oxendine gets advisory opinion as probe of $120K continues

    Oxendine gets advisory opinion as probe of $120K continues
    June 23, 2009 --

    Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine may be personally off the hook for accepting $120,000 in campaign funds from two Alabama-based political action committees, according to language in a new opinion from the State Ethics Commission. But the opinion does not directly address the amount of the contributions, which may have far exceeded limits set by state […]