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Nov. 26-Dec. 2

December 2, 2012 --

  Fake medical providers slip through Medicare loophole Angel Food Ministry case bogged down by millions of pages of documents Some Augusta voters use vacant lots as registration address Is Imperial Sugar off the hook with feds? State inspector general makes four cases a year Audit: DOT lax in verifying businesses as disadvantaged Fayette spends […]

Bill Hembree has a Wayback Money Machine

Bill Hembree has a Wayback Money Machine
November 26, 2012 --

Nov. 26, 2012 — Legally, Georgians can’t spend campaign money raised for one political office to run for a different one. There’s a wide-open loophole, though, and veteran legislator Bill Hembree of Douglas County is only the latest to use it.
When Hembree left the Georgia House recently, he refunded $60,400 from his House campaign account to donors. Within a week, those same supporters gave all but $1,000 of the money back to Hembree to run for a just-opened Senate seat. Here’s the clever part: Rather than simply returning the most recent contributions, Hembree reached back as far as 11 years to choose the donors who got refunds.

Nov. 19-25

November 26, 2012 --

‘Bed tax’ a windfall for some hospitals, a loser for others Fulton Development Authority’s lavish spending questioned Legal logjam lets troubled cops keep their badges MARTA overtime spurs safety concerns Landfill owned by Deal’s friend violates county zoning Confusion, mistrust prevalent at private Macon academy New setup approved for Forsyth Co. ethics panel