July 20, 2016 — Valerie Vie, like her opponent in House District 62, has a significant federal tax debt. The IRS last year filed a $11,554 lien against her for unpaid taxes. Another IRS lien for $4,175 has remained on the books since 2009. Georgia’s Constitution bars tax delinquents from holding state office unless the debt is contested or subject to a payment plan.
Vie also has no personal financial disclosure on file with the state ethics commission. In a brief telephone conversation, Vie said she was unsure why and referred us to her campaign manager, who told us nothing because we couldn’t him. His voicemail box was full and his website’s email was not functioning.
Rep. Ralston, who championed a 2010 law that he touted as ethics reform, accepted a $17,279 lobbyist-funded trip to Europe later that year for himself, his chief of staff and their families. Ralston has had recurring tax difficulties, facing state and federal tax liens of more than $500,000, and he’s needed a little help paying off those debts.