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Friday, May 21, 2010 - 3:27am

Ethics Panel Subpoenas Oxendine Donors

A pair of insurance companies has been subpoenaed by the state Ethics Commission.  They’re under investigation for funneling money to John Oxendine's gubernatorial campaign. 

Subpoenas were issued to State Mutual Insurance Company and the Admiral Life Insurance Company. Requested are bank records, correspondence, documents and e-mails. 

Georgia law prohibits officials from taking money directly from companies they regulate or from passing money through political action committees to get around contribution caps.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the companies funneled almost 10 times the legal limit to Oxendine, the state's insurance commissioner, using political action committees.  After the story came to light, Oxendine returned all the contributions. 

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