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House speaker’s disclosure omits $1M debt

House speaker's disclosure omits $1M debt
July 6, 2011 --

House Speaker David Ralston, for the first time in five years, has disclosed his wife’s ownership of an undeveloped 10-acre tract in Dawson County. The speaker, who last week added the property to his financial disclosures, said he’d simply forgotten. What he still hasn’t reported is the more than $1 million he’s borrowed, using collateral that’s valued at less than half that much.

Michael Mills, Angela Moore, Georganna Sinkfield, candidates for Secretary of State: ????

June 18, 2010 --

We can’t say for sure for sure how much these three earned last year. That’s because they have neglected to file the disclosure report required of candidates for secretary of state. The disclosures were due May 7 — a week after they qualified to run for secretary of state.

Gail Buckner, Secretary of State candidate: $23,450

Gail Buckner, Secretary of State candidate: $23,450
June 16, 2010 --

Gail Buckner, serving her first term in the state Senate after eight terms in the House, reported income of $23,450 for 2009. That’s about the same as she reported when she ran for secretary of state four years ago. Legislators are paid $17,342 per year plus per diem. The Jonesboro Democrat’s financial disclosure for 2009, […]

Thurmond skipped disclosures for 2 years; 9 others late in 2010

Thurmond skipped disclosures for 2 years; 9 others late in 2010
May 25, 2010 --

Gubernatorial candidate Eric Johnson neglected to report $289,000 in state payments to his architectural firm from 1999 to 2002, the Associated Press reports. But Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond can go him one better: He hasn’t disclosed anything whatsoever since 2007. (UPDATE: On May 27, Thurmond filed the disclosures that were due in 2008 or 2009. A spokesman described the omission as “a simple oversight” and then called me an idiot.)

A. Stephan Botes

A. Stephan Botes
June 15, 2009 --

It was a long fall for South African businessman Andries Stephan Botes. The 52-year-old went from mover and shaker in computer consulting to federal prisoner 56403-019 – and to forever being linked with an election scandal that landed Georgia’s first woman elected to statewide office in jail. Today, Botes spends his days in Dalby, a […]

Linda Schrenko

Linda Schrenko
June 8, 2009 --

It’s a small world after all – at least for prisoner 56443-019. Former State School Superintendent Linda C. Schrenko has spent the last few years less than an hour from Disney World, at a federal pokey in central Florida. Georgia’s first woman elected to statewide office, once a darling of the GOP and a hopeful […]