Dec. 8, 2016 — The Georgia Supreme Court today approved a reprimand for House Speaker David Ralston for advancing money to a client in violation of State Bar rules.
The court also reinstated the law license of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, whose 2015 conviction on corruption charges was overturned last week.
Dec. 8, 2016 — We’re gonna try something new today — live-blogging today’s meeting of the state ethics commission. Because we know how interested y’all are.
Already today, the Atlanta City Council’s Michael Julian Bond has been fined $45,000 for more than 300 campaign finance reporting violations.
House Speaker David Ralston (who’s been fined $1,600), Atlanta mayoral candidate Vincent Fort and Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr. — as well as many other worthies — also have business with the commission. Check in here for updates.
Dec 1, 2016 — Randal Mangham now says he misspoke when he recently disputed a question about more than $16,000 in ethics penalties and unpaid property taxes.
But those sums, courthouse and tax records show, are just a smidgen of the debts he’s run up since his election 16 years ago to the Georgia Legislature.
Mangham, a DeKalb County Commission candidate in a Dec. 6 runoff, is still working to pay off more than $800,000 in personal and business liabilities, records show.