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1-year limit may scuttle state ethics cases

1-year limit may scuttle state ethics cases
December 13, 2010 --

Robb Pitts is off the hook for accepting $45,000 in illegal campaign contributions in 2001, thanks to a Fulton County judge, Kimberly Adams, who ruled the statute of limitations had expired. Now lawyers are attempting to apply the judge’s ruling to other cases more than a year old. The AG’s office says the potential precedent could be devastating to enforcement of ethics laws in Georgia.

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.

Speaker’s appointment assures quorum for Oxendine ethics case

Speaker's appointment assures quorum for Oxendine ethics case
June 30, 2010 --

House Speaker David Ralston today named Brunswick attorney Hillary S. Stringfellow to fill a 5-month-old vacancy on the State Ethics Commission, just in time for a hearing on charges against Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine. Attorneys’ challenge to the impartiality of two members could have left the ethics panel one member short of a quorum to hear the Oxendine matter.

Jan. 13

January 13, 2010 --

Grady medical director resigns over safety issues CO of Navy Supply Corps School fired Roy Barnes’ backing of 2000 law a bonanza for his gubernatorial campaign Violations uncovered at assisted-living facilities 2009 a record year for EPA enforcement in Southeast Conspiracy rumors fly over DeKalb school investigation Watchdog: ‘Timing is right’ for ethics bills

Oxendine, Handel, other guber hopefuls dip into ‘old’ campaign $$$

Oxendine, Handel, other guber hopefuls dip into 'old' campaign $$$
August 6, 2009 --

One weekend in April, John Oxendine‘s campaign worked local Republicans hard as activists met in each congressional district. The payoff: Oxendine won straw polls at several district conventions as the GOP choice for governor in 2010. In cozying up to party activists, campaign records show, the candidate gave $11,885 to local Republican groups on April 10-19, right around the April 18 conventions. The checks, though, did not originate with his campaign for governor. They came from the $480,000 bankroll he amassed to run for re-election as insurance commissioner. ALSO OF NOTE: A few weeks earlier, Secretary of State Karen Handel paid $10,000 from her re-election campaign fund to a company run by the new spokesman for her gubernatorial campaign.

Cagle’s supporters give back $517K to lt. gov. campaign

July 8, 2009 --

July 8, 2009 — Casey Cagle refunded more than $1 million in campaign donations after dropping out of the Georgia governor’s race in April. Then, often on the same day, hundreds of contributors gave more than a half-million dollars back to support Cagle’s re-election as lieutenant governor.

A. Stephan Botes

A. Stephan Botes
June 15, 2009 --

It was a long fall for South African businessman Andries Stephan Botes. The 52-year-old went from mover and shaker in computer consulting to federal prisoner 56403-019 – and to forever being linked with an election scandal that landed Georgia’s first woman elected to statewide office in jail. Today, Botes spends his days in Dalby, a […]

Linda Schrenko

Linda Schrenko
June 8, 2009 --

It’s a small world after all – at least for prisoner 56443-019. Former State School Superintendent Linda C. Schrenko has spent the last few years less than an hour from Disney World, at a federal pokey in central Florida. Georgia’s first woman elected to statewide office, once a darling of the GOP and a hopeful […]