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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.

Did partisan $$$ swing non-partisan mayor’s race?

Did partisan $$$ swing non-partisan mayor's race?
September 12, 2010 --

Countless Atlantans volunteered for Kasim Reed last fall, helping a second-place candidate win the top job in city government. But, in a tight nonpartisan race, partisan campaigning may have been the critical ingredient that vaulted him past Mary Norwood. The Georgia Democratic Party spent at least $165,000 to attack her and contribute to an unprecedented 8 percent jump […]

Should ‘incumbent protection’ help Dems defeat other Dems?

Should 'incumbent protection' help Dems defeat other Dems?
August 2, 2010 --

Literature denouncing candidate Graham Balch greeted voters as they opened their mailboxes in recent weeks in Georgia’s 39th Senate District. Voters were told Balch is a Republican, that he called Atlanta’s Grady High a “ghetto” school and deserved an “F” for his positions on education. In the fine print: Re-elect Sen. Vincent Fort. Tactics like these are common, if not predictable, before a contested election. The difference: Balch ran as a Democrat, and a state Democratic organization paid for the attack ads. Continue reading my Ethics Watch column in the AJC…