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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 6:35am

Johnson Didn't Disclose Funds

Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Johnson is coming under scrutiny for failing to disclose funds paid to his Savannah architecture firm.

The State Financing and Investment Commission paid Johnson's firm $280,000 as part of renovations to the Dalton State College library.

Johnson, a state lawmaker at the time, was supposed to report the funds under state ethics laws.

But an Associated Press review found, he did not.

His spokesman Ben Fry says, the error is a 10-year-old clerical mistake now being used to score political points.

"If you don't have the resume and experience to be governor, I understand why you'd want to distract from that," Fry says.  "And that's what we're seeing now."

Johnson chaired the State Ethics Commission before stepping down to run for governor and has made ethics a major part of his campaign.

He faces six other Republicans in the July primary.

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