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The curious case of the underwater condo

The curious case of the underwater condo
December 21, 2011 --

Four years ago, a lobbyist and a state senator completed a casual real estate deal at an iconic Atlanta-area restaurant. No money appeared to change hands, suggesting a gift worth tens of thousands of dollars, and the senator did not disclose he had acquired a condo in the deal. Both parties now say the paperwork was incorrect. The circumstances illustrate the frequently close relationships between the lobbyists and the lobbied and underscore the importance of fully understanding the information conveyed in public records.

July 6

July 6, 2011 --

Investigation into APS cheating finds unethical behavior across every level Dougherty Co. CRCT probe dropped Clayton Co. sheriff candidate denies allowing student strip searches DeKalb judge responds to closing Recorders’ Court early Opinion: Political chicanery is evident in elections bill State senator avoids foreclosure on property

IRS files new lien against business owned by congressman, state senator

IRS files new lien against business owned by congressman, state senator
March 14, 2011 --

The IRS has slapped another tax lien on a business co-owned by U.S. Rep. Tom Graves and Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers. Graves said his accountant has cleared up the lien as well as a previous one over a total debt of $8,965.

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 […]

John Douglas, Public Service Commission candidate: $113,136

John Douglas, Public Service Commission candidate: $113,136
June 22, 2010 --

John F. Douglas, a three-term state senator from Social Circle, says he made $113,000 and change last year. That includes his salaries as a legislator ($31,741, including per diem) and as a field rep for the Peace Officers Association of Georgia, military retirement and his wife’s salary.

Brian Kemp, Ga. Secretary of State: $33,624

Brian Kemp, Ga. Secretary of State: $33,624
June 15, 2010 --

Brian P. Kemp, a former state senator from Athens, reported income of about $33,000 in 2009 from his various real estate interests. But with $92,000-plus in expenses, he reported a net loss of $58,815 for the year.

April 11

April 11, 2010 --

Opinion: Bank failures — why Georgia? State senator’s firm capitalizes on his office Fleecing the dream: How Atlanta’s elite twists MLK’s ideals to rob working-class blacks Ethics debate doesn’t slow down lobbying Vacation policy takes toll on state budgets SCLC strife continues with new vote to oust officials

DeKalb school board tables discussion of ethics code

DeKalb school board tables discussion of ethics code
December 8, 2009 --


A combative Eugene Walker on Monday talked the DeKalb County school board into holding off on discussing a proposed ethics code for board members. State Rep. Kevin Levitas last month proposed a state law giving the DeKalb board “a clear set of principles” to follow. Walker, who resigned as chairman of the DeKalb Development Authority this year after controversy over his role there, said Levitas’ proosal “offended” him. “We oughta throw it in the trash,” he said. “I don’t want to hear anything about it.”