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‘Transparency’: Lawmaker’s $40K consulting deal undisclosed

'Transparency': Lawmaker's $40K consulting deal undisclosed
November 15, 2010 --

A powerful Cobb County legislator collected $40,000 last year to do research to help an advocacy group decide the best way to ask the Legislature for money. Rep. Earl Ehrhart and his client, Friends of Arts & Culture, say he did not help to write a bill that would have allowed local votes on arts funding, nor did he help move it through the Legislature. “I never consult on any type of legislation that’s going on here,” he said. Ehrhart did not disclose his client or his fee, which state law does not require. Nor did he disclose the name of his consulting business, which the law does require. This is what passes for transparency in the Georgia Legislature. UPDATE: An ethics complaint regarding this transaction was filed this week with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee.

Nov. 14

November 14, 2010 --

Perdue draws ethics focus; his companies seek business with ports Fulton prosecutions thrown out because trials long delayed Failed banks face FDIC threat Cobb County manager law not followed The Capitol coup against Casey Cagle Augusta judges’ sentencing varies

Nov. 13

November 13, 2010 --

ATL school board members unaware of cheating report

Nov. 12

November 12, 2010 --

Report on ATL school cheating validates AJC analysis Cobb water agency funds to be audited Three Rivers director keeps job despite porn e-mails FDIC sues Bryan Cave over bank records Court sanctioned Bibb judicial candidate

Nov. 11

November 11, 2010 --

Schools use jobs money to end furloughs, pay bonuses Title IX complaint filed against Henry County DeKalb officer’s role in crash questioned Perdue appoints panel to review Kenerly indictment Gwinnett superintendent avoids ethics investigation Study: Politics deters growth in DeKalb School boards get road map from state on ethics Columbus Parks & Rec manager faces […]

2010 public records compliance audit: Closer, still no cigar

2010 public records compliance audit: Closer, still no cigar
November 11, 2010 --

Public officials laughed, snarled and stalled when asked to release documents under the Georgia Open Records Act, a new audit has found. Overall, the 2010 Georgia Student Sunshine Audit reports that public institutions did a better job this year handling requests for public records. Still, one in five university students were denied access to documents that clearly should be public, the audit reported. The most frequent withholders of records, the students said, were … universities.

Nov. 10

November 10, 2010 --

Gwinnett superintendent may face ethics investigation State employee steers no-bid contracts to family, friends DeKalb candidate got county money before election Cherokee Co. official resigns in SPLOST controversy ATL police rehire fired lieutenant Visiting judge clears East Point mayor UGA frat to learn its fate this week Mayor rejects request to investigate Columbus fire dep’t.

Supremes dismiss murder charge against Dem Franchize Boyz rapper

Supremes dismiss murder charge against Dem Franchize Boyz rapper
November 9, 2010 --

Fulton County prosecutors waited too long to indict rapper Maurice “Parlae” Gleaton and another man on murder charges, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday. The court held that Gleaton, one of four members of Atlanta-based Dem Franchize Boyz, was denied a speedy trial when prosecutors “effectively abandoned the case” for nearly four years.

Nov. 9

November 9, 2010 --

Five ATL school board employees face ethics complaints New Birth church confirms trips with Bishop Long’s accusers Tybee settles in cop Tasing lawsuit

Nov. 8

November 8, 2010 --

Developer’s defaults to cost taxpayers, force thousands from homes Pricey streetcar won’t ease ATL traffic Deal adds more lobbyists to transition team Cobb may get out of amphitheater, golf business Airline prez miffed at Athens airport officials’ criticisms

Profiles in courage: Funder of attack ads wants secrecy for donors

Profiles in courage: Funder of attack ads wants secrecy for donors
November 8, 2010 --

An advocacy group that spent $152,000 to help dump Georgia Congressman Jim Marshall wants to keep the identity of its donors secret. But it can’t, at least when it tries to influence state and local campaigns, under a draft opinion under review by the State Ethics Commission. The Center for Individual Freedom, led by CEO Jeffrey L. Mazzella, asked in August whether it could avoid disclosing donors for its political ads.

Nov. 7

November 7, 2010 --

Nathan Deal’s top aide worries ethics watchdogs Early college dropouts cost taxpayers millions Out-of-state donors financed $776K in anti-Marshall ads Outside groups spent $870K to attack Bishop Augusta procurement practices unfair, contractors say