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AG collected $696K from donors regulated by ethics panel

AG collected $696K from donors regulated by ethics panel
August 3, 2011 --

Attorney General Sam Olens – who’s taking on a larger role in investigations of public officials, political action committees and lobbyists — has raised more than a third of his campaign money from public officials, PACs, lobbyists and their clients. Donors include parties in high-profile inquiries into possible misuse of campaign funds or receipt of improper contributions.“There is always a potential for a conflict,” acknowledged Josh Belinfante, vice chairman of the campaign finance commission, “but I don’t think … that means a conflict exists.”

Deal, Ralston, Oxendine probes in limbo as top ethics staffers depart

Deal, Ralston, Oxendine probes in limbo as top ethics staffers depart
June 14, 2011 --

Ethics probes involving Gov. Nathan Deal, House Speaker David Ralston and former Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine are in limbo today as the attorneys conducting those investigations look for new jobs. Stacey Kalberman and Sherilyn Streicker, the top two staffers at the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, learned last week they must clean out their desks by June 30.

State Ethics Commission dives down the rabbit hole — again

State Ethics Commission dives down the rabbit hole -- again
December 6, 2010 --

The State Ethics Commission in coming months will talk to the governor, the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the House about their alleged ethics violations. At roughly the same time, the agency’s leadership will ask these very same officials for more money to fulfill its mission and to restore powers that have been stripped away in recent years. This would make sense in only two places: the Georgia Capitol and Alice’s Wonderland. You can decide where the hatter is madder.

Ethics panel cancels Oxendine hearing, waits on judge’s ruling

Ethics panel cancels Oxendine hearing, waits on judge's ruling
June 21, 2010 --

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine’s much-awaited ethics hearing was postponed today, but it may still be held before the July 20 Republican primary.

Rome insurers challenge ethics panel’s Oxendine subpoenas

Rome insurers challenge ethics panel's Oxendine subpoenas
June 2, 2010 --

Two Rome-based insurance companies have gone to court to challenge investigators’ demand for documents related to $120,000 in potentially improper contributions to Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine’s bid for governor. State Mutual Insurance Co. and Admiral Life Insurance Co. of America contend the State Ethics Commission overreached its authority when it subpoenaed the records. They also […]

Hudgens faces ethics charge over cash transfer

Hudgens faces ethics charge over cash transfer
January 15, 2010 --

An ethics complaint could cost Sen. Ralph Hudgens much of his fund-raising edge in the race for Georgia insurance commissioner. Last month, Hudgens shifted $106,000 from his Senate re-election race to his campaign for the insurance job. The State Ethics Commission declared in a 2008 advisory opinion that candidates can’t do it that way, but Hudgens reportedly doesn’t plan to return the money.

Oxendine gets advisory opinion as probe of $120K continues

Oxendine gets advisory opinion as probe of $120K continues
June 23, 2009 --

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine may be personally off the hook for accepting $120,000 in campaign funds from two Alabama-based political action committees, according to language in a new opinion from the State Ethics Commission. But the opinion does not directly address the amount of the contributions, which may have far exceeded limits set by state […]

TitleMax gave $192K to pols; no disclosure

TitleMax gave $192K to pols; no disclosure
May 19, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS May 9, 2009 — One of the state’s largest title pawn companies poured $192,000 into Georgia political campaigns, primarily those of state lawmakers, in 2007 and 2008. Nobody really knew that during the 2008 election season, though. Nor was it public knowledge during the 2009 legislative session (which preserved the status quo […]