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Henry Co. lawmaker fined $300 for non-disclosures

Henry Co. lawmaker fined $300 for non-disclosures
February 29, 2012 --

Rep. Steve Davis has agreed to pay a $300 fine for failing to include two businesses on his state-mandated financial disclosure.

Campaign finance panel fines DeKalb commissioners Sutton, Watson

Campaign finance panel fines DeKalb commissioners Sutton, Watson
August 9, 2011 --

DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton failed to disclose more than $101,000 in contributions to her campaigns in 2006 and 2008. For that, she agreed Friday to pay a $2,500 fine. Then-state Rep. Stan Watson, a fellow commissioner, also agreed to a $1,500 fine Friday for raising campaign money while the state Legislature was in session.

Hey hey, it’s a $273.5M Macon bank failure

Hey hey, it's a $273.5M Macon bank failure
May 23, 2011 --

Not even Davy Jones could keep Atlantic Southern Bank from closing Friday, costing federal insurers $273.5 million. Nor could the ex-Monkee, hired as the bank’s spokesman in 2008, draw attention away from improper transfers of cash by the bank’s holding company.

ADA agrees to fine for political spending, but AHA may fight

ADA agrees to fine for political spending, but AHA may fight
December 8, 2010 --

Catching up with the State Ethics Commission: The Atlanta Development Authority has agreed to pay a $1,000 fine for promoting passage of a 2008 ballot question, but attorney Randy Evans said the city’s public housing agency disputes a similar complaint. Also last week, the commission backed down from requiring more financial reporting by so-called independent committees, demonstrating yet again the limits on its powers.

Perdue’s COO settles ethics complaint over disclosures

Perdue's COO settles ethics complaint over disclosures
December 1, 2010 --

Jim Lientz, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s former chief operating officer, has apparently settled a 4-year-old ethics complaint alleging he had failed to fully disclose his personal financial interests. Details have not been released, but a consent order with Lientz is on the agenda for the State Ethics Commission’s meeting tomorrow. Consent orders typically involve payment of a fine.

Nov. 30

November 30, 2010 --

Numerous ATL school employees admit cheating on tests State poised to buy Oaky Woods tract at twice 2004 price Vendors asked to fund party for MARTA workers Sandy Springs bank investors sue Farmers State Bank under consent order

ATL council member fined for campaigning with city funds

ATL council member fined for campaigning with city funds
October 22, 2010 --

Longtime Atlanta City Council member Cleta Winslow will pay a $1,500 fine and $5,420 restitution for using city funds to print campaign literature and pay campaign workers to hand it out, under terms of a consent order OK’d Thursday. The order has no effect on the outcome of the November 2009 election. Winslow squeaked by to win a fifth term, avoiding a runoff by about 120 votes.

Ethics panel slaps ex-speaker’s wrist, waffles on some donation limits

Ethics panel slaps ex-speaker's wrist, waffles on some donation limits
August 17, 2010 --

Former House Speaker Glenn Richardson must pay a $500 fine, but his political fund may keep $219,915 that was transferred improperly from his campaign account last year, the State Ethics Commission ruled today. The panel also dismissed a separate case, ruling that state law may place no limits on campaign contributions from one candidate to another.

Ex-speaker signs consent order over $220K fund transfer

Ex-speaker signs consent order over $220K fund transfer
August 12, 2010 --

Former House Speaker Glenn Richardson has signed a consent order over his apparently unauthorized transfer of nearly $220,000 in campaign funds to a political committee under his control. The State Ethics Commission will decide whether to sign off on the consent agreement Tuesday. It is unclear whether the order would require Richardson or the MMV Alliance Fund to pay a fine.

Indigent defendants in NE Ga. win state’s promise of an attorney

Indigent defendants in NE Ga. win state's promise of an attorney
July 9, 2010 --

Jailhouses are rockin‘ in northeast Georgia, as hundreds of defendants awaiting trial are once again guaranteed an attorney if they cannot afford one. The Georgia Public Defender Standards Council this week settled a lawsuit alleging it had abandoned poor defendants in the five-county Northern Judicial Circuit. The judge signing the consent order concluded the state’s indigent-defense system is “fraught with a lack of accountability.”

Hudgens’ campaign returns $106K improperly shifted from Senate race

Hudgens' campaign returns $106K improperly shifted from Senate race
June 30, 2010 --

Ralph Hudgens‘ bid for Georgia insurance commissioner has returned $106,600 in contributions that were transferred improperly last year from his state Senate campaign fund. Hudgens said he’s signed a consent order to resolve an ethics complaint on the matter that would not impose a financial penalty. “No fines, no anything,” he said.  UPDATE: Maria Sheffield, another Republican running for insurance commissioner, today attacked Hudgens for his handling of the improper transfer.

Griffin Circuit judge agrees never to be a judge again

April 21, 2010 --

Griffin Circuit Superior Court Judge Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr. agreed he would never be a judge again when he resigned this week. That generally happens when the state has launched an investigation of the judge’s conduct. DA Scott Ballard acknowledged that a state investigator met with him Tuesday.