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Rep. Jay Powell (HD 171)

Rep. Jay Powell (HD 171)
February 6, 2013 --

State records show the state Department of Transportation wrote $691,500 in checks to Powell’s law firm in 2009, but he said they were never deposited in the firm’s account. Powell said his law partner, who has handled right-of-way acquisition for the DOT, endorsed the checks over to a new limited liability company created to continue that work rather than asking the state to reissue them. Powell said he had no affiliation with the new LLC.

Sen. Brandon Beach (SD 21): Campaign kept unused $$

Sen. Brandon Beach (SD 21): Campaign kept unused $$
January 5, 2013 --

When Senate candidate Brandon Beach ran for the Legislature in 2010, he raised $13,600 to be spent on the general election once he’d secured the Republican nomination. He didn’t make it that far, though, losing a close primary runoff. State law requires candidates to refund contributions raised for an election in which they’re not on the ballot. Beach’s campaign kept those donations, spending some and rolling the rest over to a 2012 race. State law may have allowed some of that money to be reallocated after the fact to cover 2010 primary or runoff expenses, but at least $8,400 could not be redesignated since it came from donors who had reached contribution limits for those races.

Did taxpayers fund Ralston’s Europe trip?

ICE High Speed Train
December 12, 2011 --

The funds used to fly House Speaker David Ralston’s family to Europe last Thanksgiving were not taxpayers’ dollars — but, quite possibly, they used to be. Chris Brady, the lobbyist who paid for the $17,279 trip, is also a Georgia DOT subcontractor whose firm has pocketed at least $458,000 since 2007 as part of a team studying a possible high-speed Atlanta-to-Chattanooga transit line.

Demoted DOT treasurer Mahfuz announces retirement

April 1, 2010 --

Earl Mahfuz, the Georgia DOT’s top numbers guy until state investigators found evidence of financial shenanigans, has retired effective today. Mahfuz has been at the center of an accounting controversy in which DOT employed practices described by Gov. Sonny Perdue as “Enron accounting.”

Oct. 9

October 9, 2009 --

MCG takes oversight of mental health hospitals Deal’s partner says they ditched state business over safety, moral concerns Broun bill would let hunters import polar bear trophies Georgia DOT drops federal stimulus road signs Judge, DA claim immunity from suit by man jailed for 6 months past release date Defense: Evidence withheld in ex-Forsyth County […]

Wilkinson County #1 in fed stimulus $$$$: How’d your county fare?

August 7, 2009 --

Tiny Wilkinson County (pop. 10,026) has won more federal stimulus money, per capita, than any county in Georgia, according to an intriguing new interactive tracking tool put together by the non-profit investigative Web site ProPublica. Wilkinson will benefit from a  $56.4 million award to the Georgia DOT to build the 7.2-mile North Gordon Bypass from the Twiggs County line. That’s $5,661 for each man, woman and child in the county, or 31 times the national average.

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Three contractors profited as DOT’s debt soared, auditors say

Three contractors profited as DOT's debt soared, auditors say
July 28, 2009 --

Three highway contractors reaped the proceeds as the Georgia Department of Transportation ran up billions of dollars in unconstitutional deficits, state auditors say. Between them, the three companies since 2002 made nearly $2.4 billion off state DOT contracts.