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May 19

May 19, 2011 --

If a politician goes broke, who gets the campaign cash? Opinion: Delta perks expose lawmakers’ weak ethics Cobb EMC seeks OK to bring back Brown State standards minimal for workers at personal care homes Gwinnett Co. attorney resigns in lieu of firing Watchdogs warn of gerrymandering

May 15

May 15, 2011 --

Is Hall Co. transferring students to improve graduation rates? LNG trucking foes: Lobbyists, campaign cash stymied close scrutiny Deal’s office slams TV report about daughter-in-law

March 23

March 23, 2011 --

Lottery gives larger share to jackpots, less to HOPE, pre-K Campaign cash accompanies bid for corporate tax breaks Lawyers ask for review of ex-judge Camp’s rulings, sentences Judge orders mediation in costly DeKalb school suit DeKalb educator charged with altering attendance records Class action demands attorneys for indigent parents jailed over child support Ex-Villa Rica […]

Why do politicians give each other campaign cash?

Why do politicians give each other campaign cash?
March 14, 2011 --

March 14, 2011 — Georgia’s ethics reformers have a bill to push, but they’ll be pushing uphill if they want to restrict politicians giving large sums to each other, a practice sometimes described as “empire-building.” A case in point? Three top Senate Republicans, as they maneuvered to strip Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle last year of some of his power, donated $45,000 to 12 Senate freshmen. Caucus Chair Bill Cowsert said the contributions were part of his obligation as a party leader, not an effort to sway votes.

Oxendine postponing refunds of campaign cash

Oxendine postponing refunds of campaign cash
January 18, 2011 --

Jan. 18, 2011 — Under Georgia law, candidates must give back campaign donations for an election they don’t ultimately qualify for. It just doesn’t say when. That provision — some might call it a loophole — may leave John Oxendine with a half-million-dollar legal defense fund to fight pending ethics charges. But Oxendine’s access to that money relies on a somewhat tenuous interpretation of Georgia’s campaign finance law.

Jan. 9

January 10, 2011 --

Cracks in system let trooper shooting suspect stay free Deal brings in campaign cash since winning

Ethics panel: Limits apply to candidates’ donations after all

Ethics panel: Limits apply to candidates' donations after all
September 2, 2010 --

The State Ethics Commission ruled today that political campaigns may not give unlimited amounts of donations to other campaigns, reversing a position it took just two weeks ago. On Aug. 17, the commission dismissed a complaint over a $10,000 contribution to Warner Robins mayoral candidate Chuck Chalk late last year, holding that state law might exempt political candidates from contribution limits. But the commission said today that other language in the statute caps those types of donations.

Simons lobbies lawmakers, raises $$$ for them, too

Simons lobbies lawmakers, raises $$$ for them, too
July 20, 2010 --

Lobbyists, more than anything else, sell access to politicians. Political fund-raisers sell candidates on their ability to generate boodles of campaign cash, frequently from donors that want, well, access to politicians. Put the two jobs together, and you get Dave Simons.

Common Cause: Most top candidates back limits on lobbyist gifts

July 13, 2010 --

Most major candidates for governor back a limit on lobbyists’ gifts to legislators and on inter-campaign cash transfers, a new survey shows. Both measures drew support from leading candidates except for Thurbert Baker and John Oxendine, who have not yet responded to the survey. “It looks like from this list here … that the new governor will be somebody who stands behind these reforms,” Common Cause director Bill Bozarth said.

July 10

July 10, 2010 --

Grady CEO’s $291K bonus stirs criticism Governor spends big on North Georgia land GBI: Floyd magistrate judge’s fraud totaled $500K Candidates tap familiar sources for campaign cash Opinion: How many millions will ATL favoritism cost us? Barrow Co. fire chief accused of stealing cable TV service

Lawmaker’s campaign cash pays the rent, all year long

Lawmaker's campaign cash pays the rent, all year long
May 10, 2010 --

Elected officials, under Georgia law, can use campaign money for the “ordinary and necessary” expenses of holding office. So is it “necessary” for a south Georgia lawmaker — Rep. Bob Hanner — to drop nearly $100,000 on renting an Atlanta apartment year-round? That, it seems, depends on who you ask. Read on …

Departing lawmakers have $1.3M in campaign cash to burn

May 5, 2010 --

Thanks to House Speaker David Ralston, departing Georgia lawmakers have $1.3 million in campaign cash to distribute as they see fit this year — to political parties, PACs and other candidates. House Bill 920, if it had passed, would have required that those lawmakers pass the money on to charity, or return it to the original donors. Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill last week to allow citizens to donate money to the state treasury. Wonder how many of them will follow through on that?