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Jan. 20

January 20, 2012 --

Loophole allows big tobacco’s $40K gift to Cagle’s PAC to go undisclosed in Georgia Georgia gets low marks in fighting tobacco Report: DeKalb schools have too many administrators Tapes show ex-superintendent bullying state official over cheating investigation Judge: ATL must turn over more documents to losing airport bidders Two new suits filed against ATL over […]

April 15

April 15, 2011 --

Defense: Judge smoked pot to get off narcotics Lawmakers hand out tax breaks to some businesses Bill allowing removal of ATL school board passes Ethics loophole fixed despite last-minute objection Ga. tourism tax break barely passes Ira Glass corrects report on Brunswick drug court Creative Loafing bestows 2011 Golden Sleaze awards

April 11

April 11, 2011 --

Lobbyist ‘loophole’ tests Ralston Bill would increase pressure on ATL school board

April 3

April 3, 2011 --

Frequent fast profit made off Gwinnett schools Ga. set to eliminate state funds to fight domestic violence State pensions: Who gets what is top-secret Coverage loophole leaves Gainesville couple’s child uninsured

Ethics panel: Caucuses must follow spending limits

Ethics panel: Caucuses must follow spending limits
March 4, 2011 --

Party caucuses in the Georgia Legislature are not exempt from limits on campaign spending, the State Campaign Finance Commission decided this week. The panel’s advisory opinion could curtail spending by the Democratic caucuses in the Georgia House and Senate, which paid more than $60,000 for mailings on behalf of Sen. Vincent Fort and Rep. Rashad Taylor against challengers in the party’s July 2010 primary.

Jan. 19

January 19, 2011 --

ATL public schools put on probation Feds sue state senator, other officials of failed bank Did cops try to cover up Conyers bar fight? Towing loophole means some cars gone for good Indicted Gwinnett commissioner challenges grand jury DeKalb approves $73K raise for superintendent City credit card spending angers East Point residents Macon flights losing […]

Oxendine postponing refunds of campaign cash

Oxendine postponing refunds of campaign cash
January 18, 2011 --

Jan. 18, 2011 — Under Georgia law, candidates must give back campaign donations for an election they don’t ultimately qualify for. It just doesn’t say when. That provision — some might call it a loophole — may leave John Oxendine with a half-million-dollar legal defense fund to fight pending ethics charges. But Oxendine’s access to that money relies on a somewhat tenuous interpretation of Georgia’s campaign finance law.

Loophole conceals lobbyists’ agendas when wining & dining

Loophole conceals lobbyists' agendas when wining & dining
February 15, 2010 --

Georgia’s ethics enforcers ask lobbyists to reveal who’s really paying whenever they wine and dine legislators. But the State Ethics Commission, acknowledging that the law does not require that information, has dropped charges against lobbyist Raymon White for failing to disclose it. The upshot? Unless the Legislature fixes the loophole, Georgia’s 1,600 lobbyists won’t have to reveal who’s really paying for a lawmaker’s fancy meal or skybox seats.

Feb. 14

February 14, 2010 --

Ethics loophole: Off-books lobbying The growing trend of murder suspects free on bond Plan allowing private companies to sell public water concerns many Augusta taxpayers likely to foot $500K master plan bill Conyers police dept. withdraws from recertification process

Aug. 9

August 9, 2009 --

Private school tuition loophole exploited Insurance vs. safety at Imperial Sugar Companies promise foreclosure help, don’t deliver