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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.

Dec. 2

December 2, 2010 --

Airport runway extension contract raises protests State committee talks sunsets for special-interest tax breaks DeKalb police dumping ex-chief’s  ‘magic buses’ Paying at the curb to state troopers’ motorcycle unit Federal judge dismisses Cumberland Island lawsuit Three of Augusta’s biggest delinquent tax bills paid ATL schools face accreditation teams next week Fulton County DA says jail […]

Supreme Court runner-up still has $40K to explain

Supreme Court runner-up still has $40K to explain
December 1, 2010 --

Lawrenceville attorney Tammy Lynn Adkins got 735,000 votes Nov. 2 for a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court without spending a nickel. But she still hasn’t explained what she did with nearly $40,000 from her previous political campaign. Adkins will have to explain it to the State Ethics Commission, in response to an ethics complaint filed a couple weeks ago.

ATL council member fined for campaigning with city funds

ATL council member fined for campaigning with city funds
October 22, 2010 --

Longtime Atlanta City Council member Cleta Winslow will pay a $1,500 fine and $5,420 restitution for using city funds to print campaign literature and pay campaign workers to hand it out, under terms of a consent order OK’d Thursday. The order has no effect on the outcome of the November 2009 election. Winslow squeaked by to win a fifth term, avoiding a runoff by about 120 votes.

Did partisan $$$ swing non-partisan mayor’s race?

Did partisan $$$ swing non-partisan mayor's race?
September 12, 2010 --

Countless Atlantans volunteered for Kasim Reed last fall, helping a second-place candidate win the top job in city government. But, in a tight nonpartisan race, partisan campaigning may have been the critical ingredient that vaulted him past Mary Norwood. The Georgia Democratic Party spent at least $165,000 to attack her and contribute to an unprecedented 8 percent jump […]

Nov. 12

November 12, 2009 --

A tale of two trips: UGA Prez Michael Adams’ excellent adventure(s) Fulton DA has confrontation with judge Four Glynn County educators banned for a year in test cheating scandal Federal court closes case of former UGA journalism dean UGA claims stimulus saved 1,700 jobs. Oh, really? Runoff or not? Dispute brews in Clarkston mayor’s race […]

Legislative wannabes ignore disclosure requirement

Legislative wannabes ignore disclosure requirement
November 3, 2009 --

Candidates for the Georgia Legislature must disclose certain info about their personal finances within 15 days of qualifying for office. Apparently, no one explained that to Ron Dodson or Donzella James. Disclosure forms ask for basic information about a candidate’s job, business and real estate holdings and those of their spouses. The general idea is that voters can find out whether a politician’s public and private interests conflict. Legislators this year delined to raise the penalty for not filing, which remains at 75 bucks.

Ex-Dodge sheriff charged with buying votes with cash, liquor & drugs

September 26, 2009 --

Cash, alcohol and — gasp! — drugs were used to buy votes on behalf of former Dodge County Sheriff Lawton Douglas in 2004, a federal indictment alleges. Douglas, who served one term and was defeated for re-election last year, and two others will be arraigned Thursday in Dublin on vote-buying charges. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

Oxendine: Who knew $120,000 came from same source?

Oxendine: Who knew $120,000 came from same source?
May 12, 2009 --

On New Year’s Eve last year, Georgia gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine pocketed $100,000 in campaign contributions from donors in Alabama. Of that, $70,000 came from political action committees that listed the same Birmingham post office box as their address. Committees listing the same street address in Birmingham chipped in the other $30,000. Three months earlier, […]