ATL District 5: Natalyn Archibong
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Leaders in the public sector have plenty of public resources to promote their political views, accomplishments and experience. Often much more can be found in the public record: personal and campaign finance disclosures, expense reports, and business, tax and court filings. Here’s what they show:
Natalyn Mosby Archibong (incumbent)
Natalyn Archibong paid a $250 fine in September 2013 for failing to disclose payments from her city expense account to her brother Warren’s business. The fine could have been higher, investigative files show, but for her cooperation and the timing of a complaint about the transactions.
City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, by way of contrast, paid $15,000 in fines and restitution in 2009 for a similar violation. The key difference: Archibong’s brother appeared to make no profit. With a minor exception, she said, her brother simply passed the money — in cash — on to other vendors.
Records show Mosby’s business, HSI Systems & Consultants Inc., billed Archibong’s office $11,013, primarily for printing and office help, in 2007 and 2008. (It billed her office an additional $2,170 before the city’s prohibition on hiring siblings took effect in July 2006.)
Under Atlanta’s ethics code, city officials may play no role in decisions involving “a personal or financial interest” of an immediate family member. They also must report annually on transactions with any branch of city government that provide “any benefit, whatever its nature” to a family member.
In an interview, Archibong said she didn’t disclose the transactions “because the code says no benefit. … I knew that there was no benefit.”
The pass-through arrangement was necessary, she said, because Clifford Dill, the printer who did work for her office, had difficulty handling payments by check. Archibong, an attorney, was representing Dill in bankruptcy court at the time.
Atlanta Ethics Officer Nina Hickson’s notes indicate that she couldn’t track down Dill or other witnesses, so she was “not able to dispute allegation of no direct benefit.”
She remained concerned about “the appearance of impropriety,” her notes show, as well as the timing of the complaint and whether it was politically motivated. An investigator’s email seeking copies of the checks to HSI noted that “this is urgent and highly sensitive.”
The settlement with Archibong concluded that the pass-through payments “could be construed as a benefit” and therefore should have been listed on Archibong’s disclosures for 2007 and 2008.
Natalyn Archibong’s largest bloc of campaign contributions came early in her first term. In October 2003, her campaign received $17,500 from owners and executives of The Sembler Co., developer of the Edgewood Retail District, an 800,000-square-foot shopping complex that initially faced heavy opposition from neighborhood residents. Archibong was heavily involved in negotiations with the developer before the council agreed to rezone the site. Most of the donations came in October 2003, six months after the council voted unanimously to approve the Sembler project.
Archibong filed her 2013 personal financial disclosure on Oct. 28, about six weeks after the filing deadline. She still hasn’t filed the disclosure that was due in 2012.
- Ran for Council in 1997, collecting 46% of the vote in a runoff loss to Sherry Dorsey, wife of then-DeKalb County Sheriff Sid Dorsey.
- Defeated Dorsey in a 2001 rematch, winning about 54% of the vote.
- Re-elected in 2005 and 2009 with no opposition.
- Re-elected in 2013 with 62% of the vote over three opponents.
- City Utilities
- Committee on Council
- Self-employed attorney.
Business ownership interests
- Owner, Archibong Law Office.
Other fiduciary positions
- None disclosed.
Real estate holdings
- Three residential properties in DeKalb County, one valued at $96,000 and the other two at $30,000 each.
- None disclosed.
Friends and Family
- Her brother Howard Mosby is a state legislator representing DeKalb County.
- Another brother, David Mosby, is a member of the city council in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
- Nate Mosby, their late father, was a former DeKalb County commissioner. He was a classmate and fraternity brother of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Donors have given more than $226,000 to Archibong’s campaign since 2001. The breakdown by election cycle:
- 2001: $58,336
- 2002-05: $79,500
- 2006-09: $14,755
- 2010-23: $70,985
- Reported cash on hand (Oct. 25, 2013): $29,818
- $17,250 The Sembler Co., commercial real-estate development
- $9,500 Noel Khalil, CEO Columbia Residential, & affiliates, real-estate development
- $6,000 Inman Park Properties & CEO Jeffrey Notrica, real-estate development
- $8,000 Don Bender, president Neighborhood Commercial Redevelopment Inc.
- $5,250 The Integral Group, real estate development
- $5,000 PRAD Group & PRAD Design Build Inc., engineering & construction
- $4,000 East Atlanta Ace Hardware & owner William Buzbee
- $4,000 Greg Giornelli, CEO Purpose Built Communities LLC
- $3,750 Steven M. Brock, president Brock Built Homes
- $3,500 MWH/KHAFRA Joint Venture, engineering & construction management
Posted Nov. 5, 2013; updated Nov. 21, 2013