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Margaret DeFrancisco, Ga. Lottery CEO: $496,776

Margaret DeFrancisco, Ga. Lottery CEO: $496,776
March 10, 2011 --

The head of the Georgia Lottery made about a half-million dollars last year, but you wouldn’t know it if you checked salary data on the state auditor’s website. Open.Georgia.gov shows Margaret DeFrancisco was paid $353,500 in salary in FY2010. What it doesn’t tell you is that the lottery paid her a bonus of $143,276 last year. What’s up with that?

Julie Lewis, Clayton County schools’ general counsel: $247,554

January 19, 2010 --

Earning nearly a quarter-million dollars, Julie Lewis ranked as Georgia’s best-paid staff attorney for a local school board in 2009, state auditor’s records show. Lewis pulled in $31,000 more than Atlanta Public Schools’ best-paid attorney (whose name was not disclosed) and $87,000 more than Jack Lance with Rockdale County schools.

Guy F. Riekeman, Life U. president: $753,106

Guy F. Riekeman, Life U. president: $753,106
November 2, 2009 --

Guy Riekeman made a healthy $318,038 in 2005-06 as president of Life University in Marietta. But he’s done even better for himself since then, earning more than three-quarters of a million dollars in 2007-08.

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.