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Atlanta NAACP accuses former executive, aide of $275K fraud

Atlanta NAACP accuses former executive, aide of $275K fraud
October 14, 2009 --

Atlanta NAACP leaders have accused former executive director Judith Withers-Hanson and an aide of stealing $275,000 over a six-year period, according to a police incident report. The pair allegedly charged personal expenses including tuition, dental work, meals and furniture, then covered their tracks with false entries in the organization’s books, the report said.

Senate Rules chairman collects $85K with no opposition

Senate Rules chairman collects $85K with no opposition
July 6, 2009 --

Everyone wants to be your friend when you’re chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. Just ask Don Balfour. The Snellville Republican’s campaign fund has collected nearly $85,000 since Jan. 1, for a total of $683,000 since January 2006. No one’s even run against him in that period. The Rules Committee places bills on the Legislature’s calendar, unless it chooses not to — which means the Senate will never, ever vote on your bill. That’s why Don has so many friends.