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Friday, August 27, 2010 - 10:26am

Ethics Probe Of Campaign Finance Law

Updated: 4 years ago.
The State Ethics Commission is looking at a law limiting how much political candidates can contribute to other campaigns. A vote next week could remove the cap on these types of contributions. (GPB image)

Georgia politicians have always thought there were limits to the amount they can contribute to other candidates for statewide office.

But last week the ethics commission questioned a law that could potentially remove the cap.

That means powerful lawmakers who get a lot of contributions from lobbyists could give unlimited amounts of that money to their colleagues.

Stacey Kalberman is the commission’s current executive secretary.

"The reason the discussion came up was because of some wording within section thirty-three which perhaps exempted candidate to candidate contributions from the contribution limits," said Kalberman.

It’s a prospect that has many lawmakers promising to draft a bill imposing clear limits on these types of contributions.

Currently a limit of $2,400 remains in affect but a vote form the ethics commission next week could change that.