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July 30, 2011 --

Draft map puts Savannah congressman in another’s district PSC’s Tim Echols defends his travel expenses AG cites Forsyth Co. for Open Meetings violation  

Staton denies debt to Ga. Southern, but pays part of it anyway

Staton denies debt to Ga. Southern, but pays part of it anyway
June 29, 2011 --

Sen. Cecil Staton‘s broadcasting company paid Georgia Southern University more than $24,000 yesterday, just hours before he denounced a report that it had breached its contract to broadcast the school’s football games. Staton lashed out at a broadcast report on the matter as “the worst side of sloppy journalism.” He did not respond to questions about the check that he sent on the same day the story aired.

4th District hopeful Connie Stokes owes herself $70K

4th District hopeful Connie Stokes owes herself $70K
April 28, 2010 --

Connie Stokes has been an official candidate for Congress for two days, and she already owes herself almost $70,000. That total includes a $42,700 debt carried over from her 2004 run for Congress, plus obligations to pay her for services as campaign manager and campaign consultant and for yard signs, bumper stickers and travel, according to her campaign’s March financial disclosure.

If lobbyists don’t disclose spending on lawmakers’ travel, who will?

April 19, 2010 --

Lobbyists have reported shelling out $175,000 for lodging and other travel-related expenses for Georgia lawmakers since 2005: Sporting events, hunting excursions, and countless jaunts to beach resorts to attend meetings and conventions. Lobbyists may no longer have to disclose much of this spending under a proposed ethics bill. The question is: Who will? Read on […]

Ethics agency probing ex-speaker’s $220K fund transfer

Ethics agency probing ex-speaker's $220K fund transfer
February 2, 2010 --

Former House Speaker Glenn Richardson’s transfer of nearly $220,000 to the MMV Alliance Fund, a political committee under his control, is now the focus of a state investigation. The State Ethics Commission opened the inquiry Jan. 27 because MMV does not appear to be among the groups allowed to accept excess campaign funds.

No rules apply to spending by ex-speaker’s political fund

No rules apply to spending by ex-speaker's political fund
January 5, 2010 --

Former House Speaker Glenn Richardson‘s political fund, enriched last week with nearly $220,000 from a separate campaign account, can legally spend the money almost any way it wishes. “He could spend it on anything he wants to,” said Rick Thompson, former executive secretary of the State Ethics Commission. “If he wanted to pay his rent or buy an automobile through the MMV PAC fund, there’s no restrictions on what he can do … under the Ethics in Government Act.”