Georgia’s Code of Ethics does not apply to members of local school boards, the Supreme Court of Georgia said today in a unanimous decision. The high court ruled that former Gov. Sonny Perdue had no authority in August 2010 to remove three members of the Warren County Board of Education for alleged misconduct.
Attorney General Sam Olens – who’s taking on a larger role in investigations of public officials, political action committees and lobbyists — has raised more than a third of his campaign money from public officials, PACs, lobbyists and their clients. Donors include parties in high-profile inquiries into possible misuse of campaign funds or receipt of improper contributions.“There is always a potential for a conflict,” acknowledged Josh Belinfante, vice chairman of the campaign finance commission, “but I don’t think … that means a conflict exists.”
State environmental officials broke their own rules when they gave Forsyth County a sewage discharge permit that would have unnecessarily polluted the Chattahoochee River, a judge ruled this week. The judge ordered the state to reduce fecal coliform limits by 88 percent and phosphorus limits by 73 percent for new discharges from two Forsyth County sewage treatment plants.
The State Election Board has fined a former north Georgia prosecutor for absentee-ballot violations, rejecting a judge’s recommendation to drop the charges for lack of evidence. Albert Palmour of Summerville, now an attorney in private practice, was fined $18,000 last week and given a public reprimand for his alleged role in a 2006 election fraud case in Chattooga County.
Nearly half the eligible businesses in Georgia may not carry workers’ compensation insurance as required, state auditors say. If that’s true, roughly 1.5 million workers potentially would not be covered in the event of a workplace accident. The state’s methods of monitoring compliance are inefficient and could be improved with the use of relatively simple […]
Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr. (right) should pay a sharply reduced fine for campaign disclosure violations, a judge has recommended. The judge ruled that McDonald’s campaign committed 169 violations of disclosure requirements after his losing 2002 campaign for the PSC, as investigators for the State Ethics Commission had contended. But administrative law judge […]
A judge has ordered Atlanta City Councilman Jim Maddox (right) to pay a $6,650 fine for failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in campaign expenditures. Maddox, a councilman for 32 years, filed three reports indicating his campaign spent no money during the last six months of 2005. He amended the reports several months […]