Brian P. Kemp, a former state senator from Athens, reported income of about $33,000 in 2009 from his various real estate interests. But with $92,000-plus in expenses, he reported a net loss of $58,815 for the year.
Call it the 2010 Georgia Junket Protection Act. Ethics legislation pushed by House Speaker David Ralston would exempt lobbyists from having to disclose what they spend to fly, feed and house lawmakers attending their annual conventions, which often seem to be held in warm, sunny climes near a large body of water. In this way and several others, Common Cause Georgia says, the state’s ethics laws are about to take several giant steps backward.
Special interests have plunked more than $1 million into statewide and legislative races in Georgia so far this year, the latest financial disclosure reports show. Health-care interests gave more than $375,000. Other big donors: Development interests, beer and liquor, lenders and lobbyists.
On New Year’s Eve last year, Georgia gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine pocketed $100,000 in campaign contributions from donors in Alabama. Of that, $70,000 came from political action committees that listed the same Birmingham post office box as their address. Committees listing the same street address in Birmingham chipped in the other $30,000. Three months earlier, […]