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Did Univ of W.Ga. fire fund-raiser for complaints about gouging donors?

Did Univ of W.Ga. fire fund-raiser for complaints about gouging donors?
May 6, 2011 --

The University of West Georgia may have broken whistleblower protection and open records laws, as well as state purchasing rules, a state investigation suggests. James Naughton thinks so too. He’s filed suit alleging his boss, Michael Ruffner, fired him for questioning the unauthorized hiring of a Washington lobbyist and misleading the school’s foundation in order to jack up fees charged to donors.

Lobbyists’ clients 3-for-3 in landing Deal earmarks

Lobbyists' clients 3-for-3 in landing Deal earmarks
November 17, 2010 --

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal put his name on three earmarks in his last year in Congress, funneling $2.1 million in federal money to three Georgia recipients. All three are represented by lobbyists Rob Leebern and/or Joe Tanner, who are now serving on his newly-appointed transition team. Those clients are among more than 130 represented by lobbyists serving on Deal’s transition and inaugural efforts. Health-care and financial-services interests dominate those client lists.

Sept. 22

September 22, 2010 --

3rd sexual coercion suit filed against Bishop Eddie Long Plan would allow some Ga. colleges to ban illegal immigrants Medical College name change costs state $2.9M Saxby Chambliss says gay slur originated with his office DeKalb commission stemed over severance APD lieutenant fired for golfing on the job Savannah ordered to pay $17M for parking […]

April 20

April 20, 2010 --

Proposal said to make Ga. death statute vulnerable to attack SCLC factions battle over bank accounts, leadership positions Ethics lawyer resigns amid investigation Gender pay gap not as severe in Ga. Bill seeks to ban lobbyists on boards Saxby Chambliss and the fight over derivatives ATL councilman calls for moratorium on parking enforcement Columbus State […]

Saxby, golf, campaign $$$: Let the good times roll

Saxby, golf, campaign $$$: Let the good times roll
September 27, 2009 --

When it comes to golf, Sen. Saxby Chambliss has champagne taste. In California, he’s putted with his back to the thundering surf near the 7th hole at Pebble Beach, where a round of golf costs $495. In Florida, he’s driven the ball down the fairways of the Boca Raton Resort, with its signature island green on the 18th hole and its Waldorf Astoria interior. These are among the dozen premiere resorts where Chambliss played golf in 2007 and 2008 at a cost of a quarter-million dollars. Chambliss paid those golf expenses from a political fund, supported almost exclusively by lobbyists, political action committees (PACs) and corporate leaders.

LegiStorm unveils searchable database of Congressional earmarks

LegiStorm unveils searchable database of Congressional earmarks
September 21, 2009 --

A new, searchable database lets you sift through $20 billion in congressional pork, also known as earmarks, for the last two fiscal years. The data shows Georgia collected $2.1 billion of the national total. Just looking at “solo” sponsorship, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop led Georgia’s congressional delegation with $46.9 million directed to the state in FY 2008 and 2009.