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Ex-Sen. Charlie Bethel (SD 54): Here come da judge

Ex-Sen. Charlie Bethel (SD 54): Here come da judge
November 10, 2016 --

Nov. 10, 2016 — Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Charlie Bethel, a former floor leader of his in the Senate, to the Georgia Court of Appeals. Bethel was among 79 lawyers nominated for the job. The appointment, coming one day after he was re-elected to a fourth term, will necessitate a special election to fill Bethel’s seat in the Senate.

Bethel’s campaign paid The Sassafras Group, a consulting firm founded by Deal’s daughter-in-law Denise Deal, $3,100 for fund-raising in May 2016.

Rep. Kevin Tanner: Gave up state contract

Rep. Kevin Tanner: Gave up state contract
May 13, 2013 --

Tru-Vision Security Consultants, Tanner’s private security business, gave up its six-figure contract with Lanier Technical College in January 2013 on the day he took the oath of office to serve as a state legislator.

Tanner said he did his research and found Tru-Vision could have continued doing business with the college if it won a new contract through a competitive sealed-bid process. “However,” he wrote in a Jan. 14 letter to a university official, “I feel it best that I turn this work over to another company to avoid any appearance of impropriety.”

Rep. John Deffenbaugh

Rep. John Deffenbaugh
April 10, 2013 --

Deffenbaugh was tardy with two financial disclosures in 2012, missing the deadline for his first campaign report by two weeks and for his first personal financial disclosure by five weeks. He subsequent paid $250 in late fees.