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More questions as Real PAC files delinquent tax forms

More questions as Real PAC files delinquent tax forms
September 26, 2013 --

Sept. 26, 2013 — Real PAC, a political committee with close ties to Gov. Nathan Deal, has filed its first tax forms with the IRS, one of which was more than a year overdue. The filings raise new questions about the timing of large gifts from businesses seeking state contracts or legislation.

Deal recruited new ethics chief as probe of his campaign heated up

September 19, 2013 --

Sept. 19, 2013 — Gov. Nathan Deal’s office recruited a new director for the state ethics commission just as it was ramping up a high-profile probe of his 2010 campaign, Atlanta Unfiltered has learned. A year later, the new ethics chief is alleged to have closed the investigation with a minimal penalty on orders from the governor’s office. The new, behind-the-scenes accounts of the Deal probe, emerging in two whistleblower cases, resurrect concerns about the independence of the state’s ethics enforcers and the integrity of its investigations. They also contradict denials that Deal had any role in the shake-up that cost the state’s top two ethics enforcers their jobs.

Ethics panel’s lone Democrat steps down

Ethics panel's lone Democrat steps down
September 18, 2013 --

Sept. 17, 2013 — Kent Alexander, the lone Democrat on the state ethics commission, has left that position. His resignation letter to Gov. Nathan Deal gave no reason for his departure but notes that he plans to “focus on other professional and civic commitments.” Alexander was not immediately available for comment.

Obama administration helped kill transparency push on military aid

September 17, 2013 --

By CORA CURRIER/ProPublica Sept. 17, 2013 — The U.S. spent roughly $25 billion last year on what’s loosely known as security assistance — a term that can cover everything from training Afghan security forces to sending Egypt F-16 fighter jets to equipping Mexican port police with radiation scanners. The spending, which has soared in the […]

Ex-DeKalb judicial candidate admits defrauding investors

Ex-DeKalb judicial candidate admits defrauding investors
September 11, 2013 --

Sept. 11, 2013 — Attorney Michael Rothenberg today admitted defrauding investors who gave him more than $1.3 million. The proceeds, federal prosecutors said, were used for personal expenses and for Rothenberg’s losing 2010 campaign to become a DeKalb Superior Court judge.

GPB’s Rogers took back radio license without telling FCC

GPB's Rogers took back radio license without telling FCC
September 11, 2013 --

Sept. 11, 2013 — Former Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers took back control of a Cartersville radio station last year, apparently without notifying the Federal Communications Commission or his employer, Georgia Public Broadcasting. The station, tiny WYXC-AM, is at the center of an ongoing drama that’s spilled over into the courts and lit up Cartersville message boards. The current operators filed suit last month, alleging their partner had surreptitiously bought the station and kicked them out. They soon turned the tables by obtaining a court order restoring their access and denying his.

Sept. 2-8, 2013

Aug. 5-11, 2013

August 12, 2013 --

East Point can’t account for $200M in spending Lawsuit alleges state agencies withheld hundreds of millions from disabled 9 to 5: Some GA restaurant workers unfairly paid Fulton tax collector raking in thousands in fees Feds deny ATL aquarium’s bid to import 18 beluga whales Most hospitals in GA face readmission fines Georgia attorney general: […]

Rep. Mandi Ballinger: Disclosures leave Q’s

Rep. Mandi Ballinger: Disclosures leave Q's
August 6, 2013 --

Ballinger’s campaign disclosures remain a puzzlement. She reported loaning her 2012 campaign $70,000 but it only owes her $30,000. She failed to carry over a $12,000-plus cash balance in September 2012. And she’s only reported receiving one of the eight donations that PACs have reported giving her. “Those [other] checks were apparently misplaced,” Ballinger wrote in an email.

July 29-Aug. 4, 2013

August 5, 2013 --

Vets fall through cracks in mental health system (paywall) Atlanta’s poor stranded by sprawl Questions raised about ATL pension arrangement Whistleblower: Hospitals defrauded Medicaid Smyrna loses millions on apartment complex deal (paywall) Douglas Co. DA spent $11K on unused storage space Gwinnett schools pick troubled firm for cameras High costs hampering GA rail safety efforts […]

July 22-26, 2013

July 26, 2013 --

Scared Straight continues, despite misgivings Bidders get do-overs after questions raised on state benefits contract Whistle-blower against DeKalb employees believes he was targeted Fulton chief judge: Report judicial corruption to investigators State fines car dealers after I-Team report Cumming maintains in court that it did not violate open meetings law Judge: Don’t reinstate 2 suspended […]

July 16-21

July 23, 2013 --

Scope of juvenile justice abuse claims widens Nathan Deal’s salvage yard could be fueling another controversy ATL schools outspend others on administration Ralston forms group to study Ga. forfeiture laws TV investigation of private security traffic stops leads to state probe Failure to function: What happens to no-shows at ATL Municipal Court? South Georgia lawmaker […]